We Create Healthier Communities

In the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, it's our mission to improve and promote health and equity by engaging individuals, communities, and systems through our research, teaching, and practice. 

We prepare students to apply theories, concepts, and methods of the various social and behavioral science disciplines to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that prevent illness and promote health. BCHS applies research on the dynamics of health behavior change to improve community health.

All diseases are shaped by behavioral and sociocultural factors. To improve health outcomes and promote health, we believe these diseases must be understood as a function of the individual, family, organizations, communities, and public policy. This system is dynamic and shapes things like access to care and adherence to care recommendations. Accordingly, the behavioral and community health sciences within public health assess the health needs of populations and communities, design interventions to prevent disease and increase adherence based on social/behavioral theory, and use research methods to evaluate these programs and recommend improvement, often within community-based settings.

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences emphasizes community-based programs and works with grass roots, nonprofit, private, philanthropic, and governmental organizations. We also collaborate extensively with other departments and centers within Pitt Public Health and throughout the University to carry out the teaching, research, and service mission.

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Cancer-related beliefs and perceptions in Appalachia: findings from 3 states

JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH - Van...
Cancer-related beliefs and perceptions in Appalachia: findings from 3 states

JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH - Vanderpool RC, Huang B, Deng Y, Bear TM, Chen Q, Johnson MF, Paskett ED, Robertson LB, Young GS, Lachan R. found variations in cancer beliefs were observed across the 3 states’ Appalachian populations. Interventions should be tailored to specific communities to improve can... (10/14/2019)

The role of accountability in batterers intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence

JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE - ...
The role of accountability in batterers intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence

JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE - Pallatino C, Morrison P, Miller E, Burke J, Cluss P, Fleming R, Hawker L, George D, Bicehouse T, Chang J. found that in order to have a sustainable impact on IPV perpetration, stakeholders across the Social Ecological Model will need to utilize crucial intervention peri... (10/14/2019)

A systematic review of health outcomes associated with provision of representative payee services

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES - Kinsky...
A systematic review of health outcomes associated with provision of representative payee services

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES - Kinsky S, Creasy S, Hawk M find that representative payee services are largely beneficial or neutral in terms of health and behavior outcomes. Negative findings mainly involved the client-payee relationship. Given that more than five million individuals have a representative ... (10/14/2019)

Prevalence and correlates of prep awareness and use among black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in the United States

AIDS AND BEHAVIOR - Friedman,...
Prevalence and correlates of prep awareness and use among black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in the United States

AIDS AND BEHAVIOR - Friedman, MR, Sang, JM, Bukowski, LA, Chandler, CJ, Egan, JE, Eaton, LA, Matthews, DD, Ho, K, Raymond, HF, & Stall, R. found that PrEP awareness campaigns tailored for black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), concomitant with STI-to-PrEP interventions, will facilitate g... (10/14/2019)

Intimate partner violence and depression among black transgender women in the USA: The potential suppressive effect of perceived social support

JOURNAL OF URBAN HEALTH - Buk...
Intimate partner violence and depression among black transgender women in the USA: The potential suppressive effect of perceived social support

JOURNAL OF URBAN HEALTH - Bukowski LA, Hampton M, Escobar C, Sang JM, Creasy SL, Chandler CJ, Stall, R. find there was a 20% lower likelihood of increased depressive symptomatology for every 1-unit increase in perceived social support reported by participants. These findings perceived social suppor... (10/14/2019)

 

Thu
10/24
BCHS Panel Discussion
Cycle Series: A trans masculine experience of menstruation - Short film premiere & panel discussion BCHS Panel Discussion
Cycle Series: A trans masculine experience of menstruation - Short film premiere & panel discussion
Thu 10/24 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

A short film premiere and panel discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health complexities as part of LGBT History Month programs. Experiences of menstruation and reproductive health are nuanced. This premiere of the second film in the Cycle Series explores a transmasculine experience of menstruation from the perspective of Pittsburgh musician, Jude Benedict who discusses the intersection of gender identity and reproductive and menstrual health. 

Fri
10/25
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions
Fri 10/25 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
11/1
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions Center for Health Equity Meeting
Focused Writing Sessions
Fri 11/1 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

Fri
11/8
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging LatinX Communities Reading and Publishing Group Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging LatinX Communities Reading and Publishing Group
Fri 11/8 10:30AM - 11:30AM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room

With support from the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Health Equity (CHE) invites you to 1) explore the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve these problems.  Articles are read and feedback provided to those writing manuscripts; the goal is to get new writing and research collaborations going!

Fri
11/8
Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging LatinX Communities Reading and Publishing Group Center for Health Equity Meeting
Emerging LatinX Communities Reading and Publishing Group
Fri 11/8 10:30AM - 11:30AM
1154 Public Health, JHF Conference Room