In the United States, no population is at greater risk of HIV infection than African-American men who have sex with men (MSM): the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that if current rates continue, 1 in 2 men in this group will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. At Temple’s School of Social Work, researchers are working to reduce that staggering statistic by rethinking the very terms that scientists use to describe this population.
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Eboney Kraisoraphong received her master of social work (MSW) from Temple’s School of Social Work in 2000. In January 2016 she became vice president of strategic quality management at Northeast Treatment Centers, a nonprofit behavioral health and social services provider. We spoke with Eboney about her career in child welfare management, her transition into a new role, and how changes in accountability measures benefit clients.
Classrooms and sidewalks are again bustling at Temple, but this semester some new graduate students in the College of Public Health aren’t stepping foot on campus at all. The college is launching three new online graduate programs this year, bringing together ambitious students from around the world.
Join a panel of experts on African American arts and social action for this year’s Kelch Memorial Lecture on October 27. The lecture—“Art in Action: Voices from the Colored Girls Museum”—will take place on October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall.
Guest speakers will be discussing the art and activism of the Colored Girls Museum, which is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and describes itself as “a memoir museum, which honors the stories, experiences, and history of Colored Girls.”
“There are not problems in the community that we can’t solve. There are problems we don’t yet know how to solve. The hard part of our job is figuring out how, and it’s the part of our job that we absolutely have to do.”
Incidence of new HIV cases is decreasing steadily in the United States—but not for everyone. “The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately impact sexual and gender minority Hispanics/Latinos,” says Omar Martinez, assistant professor of social work at Temple University’s School of Social Work. In fact, the CDC estimates that if current trends continue, 1 in 4 Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.
It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven. And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating. Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation. They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country.
Never underestimate the power of a social work degree. That’s according to Chong-suk Han, an alumnus of Temple’s Master of Social Work program and associate professor of sociology at Middlebury College in Vermont. Han’s roots in social work remain strong, and he says hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t use the skills he learned in his Temple MSW courses.
“An MSW provides you with real skills in terms of how you deal with people, read a situation, learn to anticipate an environment and how people interact within that environment,” says Han. “It’s a phenomenally flexible degree.”
At The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (MCSCS) in Philadelphia, every student starts the morning with a pledge. In one colorful classroom, twenty third-graders stand and begin reciting. “I’m 100% committed to my education,” they say in unison. “I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times. I am powerful beyond measure. I will learn.”
It’s not your average school pledge. But neither is this an average school.
In an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jacqueline Warr-Williams discusses the need to refocus attention on "the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals." Warr-Williams is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in providing mental health services to LGBTQ+ youth and teaches clinical courses including institutional racism within Temple's School of Social Work. Read the opinion piece here.