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"Powerful beyond measure"

Social Work Alum Veronica Joyner

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.

Posted:  July 8, 2016

Commentary: A hate crime in gay pride month

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.

Posted:  June 22, 2016

CPH Grads Take the Road Less Travelled

College of Public Health Graduation Ceremony Temple University Commencement

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.

Posted:  May 5, 2016

Estelle Richman: Keep the Client Front and Center

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.  

Posted:  April 25, 2016

A Brighter Space For Families

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.   

Posted:  April 19, 2016

New research on HIV prevention interventions for Latino male couples

Omar Martinez

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. 

Posted:  April 5, 2016