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The mission of Temple University’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy (CBUHP) is to partner with community members, health care providers and policy makers to create model programs and practices aimed at eliminating health care disparities in the urban setting.

News Spotlight

Dr. Nora Jones speaks with ABC 6 Action News about organ allocation
Ten year-old cystic fibrosis patient Sarah Murnaghan underwent a successful lung transplant with lungs from an adult donor on Wednesday. Murnaghan’s story made national headlines when her parents challenged the rule which requires all wait-listed adults to be offered adult donor lungs before children under 12 can be offered the organs. A federal judge ordered Sarah temporarily placed on the adult waiting list and days later she received the transplant. The executive committee of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) criticized the judge for intervening, but also temporarily eased rules to allow children to be prioritized on a case-by-case basis for adult lungs. Dr. Nora Jones, Director of Bioethics Education at the CBUHP, voiced her concern with the court intervention as well, but also said the action by the OPTN is an appropriate compromise that will lead to a more thorough examination of transplant guidelines.
June 24, 2013

Philadelphia receives $1.5 million OJJDP grant to reduce youth violence
On September 19, 2012, OJJDP Acting Administrator Melodee Hanes announced a $1.5 million Community-Based Violence Prevention award to the city of Philadelphia. "Youth violence is not inevitable," said Hanes. "Among other activities, this funding will allow Philadelphia to expand its CeaseFire program and continue to change the culture of violence "by mobilizing communities, educating the public, and reaching out to youth" with the help of the city’s leadership and law enforcement personnel."
U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Justice Programs, September 19, 2012

The CBUHP is pleased to announce the MA in Urban Bioethics!
The MA in Urban Bioethics, offered through the CBUHP, trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law and policy underlying the urban context of density, diversity, and inequalities. Coursework is practical, methodological, and theoretical. The degree is designed for Temple graduate students and area professionals who face, or will soon face, the complexities and disparities of urban health, and want specialized training in the
ethics, values, and politics of health care in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society.
June 25, 2012

Project Highlights

  • response to neighborhood shooting in North Philadelphia
  • CeaseFire has been proven to decrease instances of gun violence in urban areas.
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  • The Winter 2014 CBUHP newsletter is out! Click here for the current (and archived) CBUHP newsletters.

  • Majeedah Rashid talks with Raul DeLa Cadena after receiving certification as a Community Ambassador
  • Temple is partnering with several trusted neighbors--called community ambassadors--in the area surrounding Temple to facilitate educatin and research within the community.
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