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June: 2009 / Capital T is a monthly newsletter from Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) designed to share the events and news of Temple's involvement and activities in the capital region. | View this newsletter online

TUH Graduation Celebration

Temple University Spring 2009 Graduation

On Saturday, May 16th, TUH held a celebration at the Sunoco Theater in the Whitaker Center, for our May graduates in Harrisburg. The event was a success and friends and family enjoyed the celebration. Dr. Cheryl Hyde, Associate Dean School of Social Work and Dr. Joseph Ducette, Department Chair for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies attended from main campus. Mary Heck was the student speaker and a graduate of the MSW program. Congratulations to all graduates.

More graduations are coming. Juniata Cohort graduation is July 11th and the Lancaster Cohort graduation is August 8th.

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New TUH Donation Center

Temple University Harrisburg is starting a “Donation Center”. We are collecting items for our troops and also for children in McDowell County, West Virginia. The children need dental items and reading books. For complete details on what can be donated to our troops and the children in WV, please stop by the Donation Center beginning June 13th for more details and to make a denotation. Thanks to all students that have participated in the Donation Center. They are Ashley Kettering, Jayme Smith and Mackenzie Lynch.

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Children’s Bureau Welcomes New Staff Member and recent TUH Graduate

Lydia Sacavage, TUH MSW graduate, recently began work in the Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services as a Human Services Program Specialist. Lydia graduated May 11th from the TUH Pottsville cohort. Lydia graduated with a concentration in Management and Planning and with a blended specialization in Children and Families and Mental Health Practice. Lydia previously worked for the Columbia County Assistance Office as an Income Maintenance Caseworker in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families unit. In the children’s bureau, Lydia will be reviewing service descriptions and assisting with general policy and program development. Congratulations Lydia.

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Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work Awards

The awards for outstanding clinical papers were presented to one finalist and four honorary mentions at Bryn Mawr, Temple, University of Pennsylvania & Widener graduate schools of social work. The awards included cash prizes, a free PSCSW membership, and significant recognition by the social work community. The Finalist from Temple [Harrisburg] for this years PSCSW Clinical Awards was Amelia McGinnis. Amelia is graduating in July from the TUH Juniata cohort. Amelia has also been selected by her peers to be the student speaker at her graduation celebration. The Juniata graduation will be held July 11th at Juniata College. Amelia will be awarded an Honorable Mention for her paper at the PSCSW Annual Dinner on November 6th.Congratulations Amelia.

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Healthy Start HSRA Grant Awarded - Harrisburg

Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) is collaborating with the Hamilton Health Center (HHC) of Harrisburg, PA, on a grant funded project awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The project proposal was developed by HHC director, Jeannine Peterson and her senior clinical team, and Dr. Barry Nazar, Research Fellow, TUH-NEST. Grant funds are approximately $2million over five years.

The project aims at eliminating disparities in perinatal health among minorities. African American and Latina women are at greater risk for low birth weight babies, congenital disorders, and infant mortality & morbidity. HHC provides a continuum of health care for prenatal, obstetric, and postnatal phases. The Healthy Start project builds upon these services by adding a social work outreach and intervention utilizing community health workers to engage the at-risk populations in the appropriate use of these services and certain lifestyle changes that promote perinatal health. The coordinator of the project is Kristin Federici, who is an MSW graduate of TUH, class of 2008.

TUH is the designated external evaluator of the project. The evaluation effort will include a case management information support system and provide formative and summative measures of the project activities and outcomes.

Hamilton Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a non-profit community based health organization. A FQHC provides comprehensive primary health, oral, mental health and substance abuse services to persons in all stages of the life cycle

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Offender Re-entry PCCD Grant Awarded - Harrisburg

Temple University Harrisburg (TUH) is collaborating with the Firm Foundation of PA (FFP) of Harrisburg, on a grant funded project awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). The project proposal was developed by FFP director Ronald Tilley, chairman Vladimir Beaufils and Dr. Barry Nazar, Research Fellow, TUH-NEST. Grant funds are approximately $200,000 over 2 years.

The project aims at eliminating recidivism among released offenders by providing a range of community support services and life skills enhancement training. Community support services include: transitional housing, vocational training, mentoring, transportation, and essentials such as food, clothing, and recreation. The life skills enhancements use the “Living In Balance” curriculum of Hazeldon and “24/7 Dads” of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

Research shows that two of the most important factors in successful re-entry of offenders are family relationships and gainful employment. When substance abuse is involved, an active, self efficacious, recovery program is also highly important. The Living In Balance program is an evidenced-based recovery intervention.

TUH is the designated external evaluator of the project. The evaluation effort will include a case management information support system and provide formative and summative measures of the project activities and outcomes. The Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN) is used to measure client outcomes. Dr. David Zanis, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work will provide training to FFP staff on the use of the GAIN assessment instruments.

The Firm Foundation of PA is a transitional housing provider serving ex-offenders. The project is one component of a larger Capital Region Ex-offender Support Coalition (CRESC).

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Upcoming Events at Temple University Harrisburg:

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TUH Graduation Celebration Dates

  • July 11th , Juniata Social Work cohort
  • August 8th , Lancaster Social Work cohort