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Congratulations to BCHS students taking new positions

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Congratulations to MPH students  SHANNON HUGHES (BCHS '17)   and KALI STALL (BCHS '17) on their new positions at the Consumer Health Coalition, a leading consumer health advocacy organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania--where they'll join fellow MPH alumna KATIE HOLLER (BCHS '16).  

HPM alumna Inmaculada Hernandez uses genes to determine best anticoagulation

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - A research idea submitted by School of Pharmacy faculty member and Pitt Public Health alumna INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM '16) was one of four selected among 200 submissions for an AHA/PCORI researcher and clinician challenge. Through this challenge, the American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute hopes to generate research ideas that address evidence gaps in the treatment of cardiovascular dise... 

EPI alumnus Christopher Taylor selected as a finalist in Cathedral Innovation Challenge

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Warhol-inspired "Cathedral Cookies" created by CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR (EPI '10) were selected for the finals of the Cathedral Innovation Challenge, which dares community members to create artistic replicas of Pitt's iconic tower. Inspired by Pittsburgh artist Andy Warhol, Taylor's set of four depictions are created on  3 x 5-1/2-inch vanilla shortbread cookies using royal icing and food-color paint, making the piece entirely edible. 

BCHS alumnus Jason Herring on how stigma prevents Pittsburgh sex workers from accessing resources

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CITY PAPER - PATF's JASON HERRING (BCHS '13), director of programs and communications, says “We really want people to be honest. We’re a harm-reduction facility, so at the heart of that, we don’t judge. I’m not going to tell you what to do or what not to do. I’m here to help you be healthier."  

Chase Brexton Health Care picks HPM alumnus Patrick Mutch as new CEO

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OUTLOUD - Chase Brexton Health Care’s board announced the hiring of PATRICK MUTCH (HADM '78) as the organization’s new president and CEO. “We were impressed by Patrick’s deep understanding of our welcoming, affirming, patient-focused care,” said board chair Carolyn Kennedy. “He possesses a wealth of experience in both non-profit and for-profit health care systems, and understands how to lead and develop integrated care models.”  

Emily Robbins (IDM '16) joins Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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Congratulations to EMILY ROBBINS (IDM '16)  on her new position with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). She will work as an epidemiology program associate in waterborne diseases with an initial primary focus on Legionella prevention within the community.  

Kudos to biostats student Victor Talisa on contribution to major JAMA paper on sepsis

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JAMA -- Congratulations to VICTOR TALISA (BIOS '15) on his contribution to "Proportion and Cost of Unplanned 30-Day Readmissions After Sepsis Compared With Other Medical Conditions," an analysis of hospital readmissions due to sepsis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Talisa served as second author under his doctoral advisor and co-author JOYCE CHANG. 

Congratulations to BCHS alumnus Mario Browne on receiving Pitt's Creating a Just Community Award

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MARIO BROWNE (BCHS '05) was presented the 4th annual Equipoise Creating a Just Community Award in recognition of his involvement in work of social justice, creating an inclusive environment, and supporting the Pittsburgh community.   

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Alumni Profiles

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Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk 

Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk

Over a long career, Chuck Christen, currently executive director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has managed research on environmental and community health topics from river water stewardship to air quality. But the heart of his mission, professionally and spiritually, is compassion and ef... (06/20/2014)
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Robert Henkel (HPM '82) 

Robert Henkel (HPM '82)

Alumnus Robert Henkel leads the largest nonprofit health care system in the country. Ascension Health is the health care delivery arm of Ascension, an enterprise comprising 131 hospitals in 23 states and the District of Columbia that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serv... (03/04/2015)
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Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research 

Boyle Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Research

Coleen Boyle (BIOST '78, EPI ’81) was recognized with the Alumni Award for Research on March 28, 2013, during the annual Alumni Award dinner. (03/29/2013)

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10) 

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10)

Expectations were always high for Veronica Sansing-Foster, but her ascent to administrator and reseacher at the Food and Drug Administration wasn't the result of a calculated career path. Reflecting on the road that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the key post, she cites her own ability a... (03/18/2016)

Patricia Maryland (HPM '82) 

Patricia Maryland (HPM '82)

Alumna Patricia Maryland is president of health care operations and COO of Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health care system in the country that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. (01/01/2015)

Holman Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Practice 

Holman Receives 2013 Alumni Award for Practice

William Holman (HPM ’79) was honored with the 2013 Alumni Award for Practice during the March 28 Alumni Awards event. (03/29/2013)

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05) 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.   (12/22/2016)

Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00) 

Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00)

In September 1998, a young Colombian doctor dragged his suitcases into Oakland, preparing to pursue a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and a Master of Public Health at Pitt Public Health. Fifteen years later, he has married, made Pittsburgh his home, and found a spiritual and intellectual callin... (01/13/2014)
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