The following videos linked below, feature and were arranged by Temple MSW students in the Community and Policy concentration.
Social Work News
On May 6, faculty, students and supporters of the College of Public Health marked the college’s 49th graduation ceremony in the packed Liacouras Center. College Dean Laura Siminoff said in her opening remarks that the 1388 graduating students represent the best of Temple University. “It should make us all extremely proud that our students are focused on professions that represent the highest ideals of service to others,” she said.
The CDC has awarded a major research grant to a team led by Omar Martinez, assistant professor of Social Work at the College of Public Health. The four-year grant enables Martinez and his team to implement and test an HIV prevention intervention program called Conectando Latinos en Parejas, which they developed as part of a recent study (read more about its findings here).
What a way to end the year! Six students from the College of Public Health are among the 24 recipients of the 2016 Diamond Award—the highest recognition given to undergraduate students by the Division of Student Affairs.
For Estelle Richman, health policy is personal. Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as someone who advocates for individual well-being and dignity—as Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health and Managing Director, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The College of Public Health is excited to welcome Richman as its 2016 commencement speaker, and we spoke with her about her beginnings, her career, and the issues she sees as most vital to the future of public health.
For many students in the College of Public Health, working “in the field” is an essential part of completing their degree. And fieldwork is about more than just career experience—it’s also about using classroom learning to find creative solutions for real-world challenges. That’s what four social work students did during their placement at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), by changing a DHS office from the inside out—literally.
In a recent paper published in PLOS ONE, Assistant Professor of Social Work Omar Martinez and other researchers from the School of Social Work in Temple’s College of Public Health examine how to best develop HIV prevention interventions for Latino male couples. Here Martinez discusses the intervention his team developed, called Conectando Latinos en Pareja, and explains their broader study that provided the basis for several recently published papers.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,” wrote Maya Angelou. This sentiment is at the heart of an exhibit produced by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, with community engagement efforts from social work graduate student Liz Green. The Institute, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy will bring the all too often unheard stories of people with intellectual disabilities to City Hall March 4 – May 6.