CBUHP Intern Diana Huang took the lead in developing a science and health elective for the new Philadelphia public school Building 21. The first run of the course went from January 5 through March 17, 2015.
Ms. Huang, between her 2nd and 3rd years of medical school, recruited the help of other medical students, and she will have performed 100 hours of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and medicine) education with this school in Spring 2015. While a teacher partners with her, generally Ms. Huang is in front of the classroom.
Course topics include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, first aid and CPR, exercise and nutrition, common illnesses and treatments, research, and health advocacy and each topic is presented in an interactive learning environment. The experience also includes field trips to Katz School of Medicine and Temple University Hospital, which Temple faculty have helped to facilitate. They will also learn about all the different careers that are available in health care. At the end of the course the students will present a project centered on a specific disease or health career.
For further information, please contact Dr. Norma Alicea-Alvarez or Ms. Diana Huang.
Nationally, homicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 15 to 19. In Philadelphia it is the leading cause.
In 2008, there were 179 homicides committed against youth ages 7 to 24 in Philadelphia—a 20% increase over the previous year. Nearly all these deaths were attributed to shootings. More young people are the perpetrators of gun violence as well. In 2008, roughly two-thirds of shooting offenders in Philadelphia were between the ages of 14 and 24.
Originally developed in Chicago, CeaseFire is a violence intervention based on the premise that violence is a public health issue and can be prevented. Based in Temple’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy (CBUHP), and directed by Marla Davis-Bellamy, Philadelphia CeaseFire duplicates the evidence-based methodology of the CeaseFire Chicago public health model, focusing its efforts in the 22nd Police District of North Philadelphia. In 2009, the 22nd Police District had the highest number of shootings in the city. In addition, the number and rate of shootings for youth ages 14 to 25 years was the highest in Philadelphia.
CeaseFire’s approach includes efforts to heighten community awareness about gun violence and encourage area residents, community, business and faith-based leaders to work together and get involved. CeaseFire uses the five core components of the Chicago model:
- Community mobilization
- Youth outreach
- Public education
- Leadership involvement
- Criminal justice participation