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CPH Distinguished Alumni Seminar and Brunch Reception

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Temple University's College of Public Health cordially invites you to this year's Distinguished Alumni Seminar and Brunch Reception on Friday, October 19.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will commence at 9:15 a.m. in lecture hall 110B and will be followed by a brunch reception at 10:15 a.m. in the Atrium. Keynotes will be delivered by Joanne Stanton, CPH '03 and Jose Benitez, SSW '89—2018 honorees of Temple's Alumni Gallery of Success award. Speaker bios are enclosed for your reference.

The Gallery of Success is awarded annually to Temple alumni who have utilized the skills and knowledge learned at Temple to chart their own paths in their studied fields. These inspirational alumni are honored every fall and highlighted for one year in the Gallery of Success Showcase in Mitten Hall; previous winners’ names are also on permanent display.

This event is open to the greater Temple University community. Alumni, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

JOSE A. BENITEZ, SSW ’89

Jose A. Benitez is a tireless advocate for communities affected by drug use and has dedicated his career to harm reduction in Philadelphia. With 30 years of experience, Benitez has a long history of working with underserved populations in our city. Currently, Benitez serves as the executive director of Prevention Point Philadelphia, a public health organization serving communities affected by drug use that provides an array of services from medical care to overdose prevention education. In addition to his work at Prevention Point Philadelphia, Benitez serves as the principal investigator for a CDC grant for HIV testing and counseling through the City of Philadelphia Health Department, an overdose prevention grant through HRSA, and a SPINS grant for HIV treatment to the Latino community with Philadelphia FIGHT. Benitez brings his expertise and real world knowledge back to his alma mater: He is an adjunct faculty member at Temple’s College of Public Health and School of Social Work. His experience provides students with insight into the inner workings of public health and social work service provision to needed populations in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Prevention Point, Benitez served as the director of the HIV Social Services Department at the North Philadelphia Health System, the HIV program coordinator for Hahnemann University Hospital and various social services roles at Action AIDS Inc. He was a founding board member for the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative in Philadelphia. It is fitting that the city that Benitez has been devoted to has honored him for his dedication. He is part of the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat Opioid Use, was named one of the Top 10 Influential Latinos in Philadelphia and was appointed to the Philadelphia Board of Health. Benitez received his bachelor’s degree in social work from SUNY College of Brockport before earning his master’s degree at Temple’s School of Social Work.

JOANNE M. STANTON, CPH ’03

Joanne M. Stanton has more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a senior medical and scientific communications writer and is a community and political activist for children’s environmental health issues. Last year, Stanton co-authored Behind Closed Doors: Uncovering the Practices Harming Our Children’s Health and What We Can Do About It, which takes a comprehensive look at the growing number of U.S. children with chronic health conditions and offers information, solutions and resources to help parents protect their families. Through her book, Stanton aims to educate parents about changing practices within the food and pharmaceutical industries, the environment and politics and how those changes are potentially the root of the problem. In June 2018, Stanton was invited to present her book’s research, as well as related environmental health topics, at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Dedicated to making a different for children and their communities, Stanton continues to speak out about environmental health issues. She serves on the National PFAS (Per- & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) Contamination Coalition where she works to establish enforceable federal and state drinking water standards for this chemical class. On this coalition, she represents local communities affected by PFAS water contamination from military superfund sites. In July 2018, Stanton led a community panel presentation at the regional Environmental Protection Agency PFAS Summit Meeting, which resulted in shutting down additional contaminated wells in the local area. Stanton earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Public Health.

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