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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

The CBUHP is now on Twitter!

Thanks to Diana Huang, MD/MA class of 2017 for taking the initiative to establish our account and for the diligence in maintaining it with wonderful links, re-tweets, and commentary.

We hosted a #BioethxChat (read transcript here!) on November 3 on how to make Bioethics relevant to and for an urban population. BioethxChat is a live tweetchat account that brings together students, professionals, and members of the general public together in conversation.

Visit http://bioethxchat.wix.com/bioethx for more information about these weekly events.

Please follow on Twitter @TempleCBUHP!


CeaseFire Philadelphia is being honored by the North Central Victim Services with their Community Advocate Recognition Award, an award given to groups who are dedicated and devoted to making our neighborhoods safer. Congratulations to Marla Davis-Bellamy and all of the CeaseFire team.

The Hispanic Choice Awards honored Dr. Norma Alvarez with the Education Champion of the Year ‘Futuro’ Award on October 11th at the Merriam Theater during a televised event. This prestigious award is presented to the individual, organization, or institution that has demonstrated a relentless commitment to advancing education in the Latino community. The Latino community of North Philadelphia nominated Dr. Alvarez for her work in creating partnerships to target the reduction of health care disparities. Dr. Alvarez conducts educational workshops in the community on health and healthcare and provides health screenings. In addition, she educates graduate and medical students through her community engagement course on how to best identify the health care needs of community members to develop strategies, workshops, and initiatives to mitigate disparate care.

CBUHP on the Radio
Frank McClellan, JD, and Nora Jones, PhD, were guests on the afternoon drive radio show, The Nick Tallaferro Show, on 900 AM the WURD. Frank and Nora talked with Nick and his callers about the Jahi McMath case, brain death, and care at the end of life.
January 2014

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

The CBUHP is the proud home of 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.