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BCHS alumna Barkowitz shares her experiences as a UPMC health coach (video)

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A senior telephonic health coach for UPMC Health Plan, ELANA R. BARKOWITZ (BCHS ’11) also works part-time as an interviewer for the Pittsburgh Girls Study. She previously moonlighted as a paraprofessional counselor at Planned Parenthood of Western PA. Barkowitz is certified in public health (CPH) and credentialed as a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is happy to be growing her career in her hometown. 

Alumna Jennifer Jones bridges community and academia at CTSI (video)

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As community engagement coordinator for Pitt's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, JENNIFER JONES (BCHS ’11) bridges community and academia to build capacity and solidify partnerships. After working at public health non-profit in Washington, D.C., she realized she wanted to earn her own Master of Public Health--Pitt was her number-one choice! While an MPH student, Jones completed the community-based participatory research and practice c... 

Former Evans Scholar and Peace Corps volunteer, Melissa Knorr discusses combining social work and public health (video)

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MELISSA KNORR (BCHS ’16) is the operations manager at The Open Door, Inc., where she first interned in 2014. During her time at Pitt, Melissa was an Evans Fellow, pursuing the joint MPH/masters in social work. She also served as an administrative intern for Bridging the Gaps and a board member of the Global Health Student Association. Previously, Knorr served in the Peace Corps in Zambia, Belize, and Costa Rica in the health, education, and youth... 

Alumna TaylorDaphne Morsillo addresses working towards healthier communities - whether in Allegheny County or Africa (video)

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Even before completing her MPH and global health studies, TAYLORDAPHNE MORSILLO (BCHS ’16) began working on the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny at the Allegheny County Health Department where she also supports the epidemiologist and manager of special projects. Previously, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique where her assignment focused on community and local hospital health presentations and direct work with an I-NGO, a provi... 

Alumna Katharine Horowitz speaks to sexual and reproductive health and our dynamic local communities (video)

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Vice president for education, KATHARINE HOROWITZ (BCHS ’12) has been with Planned Parenthood of Western PA for nearly five years. She is a born-and-bred Pittsburgher, driven to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for everyone in the dynamic communities that make up our city. Horowitz has worked in youth development for eight years, having started her career leading summer trail crews with the Student Conservation Association. While pu... 

Alumna Mara Leff shares experiences in aging, obesity prevention, and global/rural health (video)

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MARA LEFF (BCHS ’15) is a program associate for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation working on planning and implementation across projects, including support for the foundation’s Aging Agenda. Previously, she worked on an NIH-funded childhood obesity prevention campaign at Ogilvy Public Relations, a global marketing and communications firm in Washington, D.C. While an MPH student, she conducted practicum research in India, informing her thesis, “Th... 

Why you could lose more weight WITHOUT using pedometers to hit your targets

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MIRROR - Pitt Public Health researchers Candy Kammerer (HUGEN), Ryan Minster (HUGEN), Trevor Orchard (EPI), Chip Reynolds (BCHS), Akira Sekikawa (EPI), and Jian-Min Yuan (EPI) have discovered that apps for weight loss may not be the dieting aid you were hoping for. 

Nursing home residents gain new protections

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NEW YORK TIMES - When interviewed, HPM's NICHOLAS CASTLE voices concern about staff turnover and chronic underfunding. 

Pittsburgh urban teens get less physical activity than the national average

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UPMC NEWS BLOG - “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level recommended by national and international health agencies,” said lead author Bonny Rockette-Wagner, director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. 

Donohue voices concern about Trump's HHS pick

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KAISER HEALTH NEWS - Co-director of the Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, HPM's JULIE DONOHUE said Medicare’s use of step therapy is one of the few tools it has to contain soaring drug costs. “Unfortunately, unfettered choice of medicines … leads to higher drug spending and higher cost for taxpayers, so you have to strike the right balance.” 

BCHS's Garland in documentary on community violence (Video)

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YOU TUBE - In a short documentary for the Integrated Design Lab, RICHARD GARLAND, director of the BCHS Center for Health Equity's Violence Prevention Project, shares his thoughts on community violence. 

Discussing the legacy of polio, one of the most dreaded disease in history (VIDEO)

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KD/PG SUNDAY EDITION - KDKA’s Stacy Smith and the Post-Gazette’s Jerry Micco discuss present-day challenges in the worldwide fight to eradicate polio with Peter Salk, visiting professor in IDM, as well as his childhood growing up in Pittsburgh while his father's team developed the first injectable polio vaccine in the 1950s. 

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. 

'We cannot keep going like this:' Wolf joins opioid epidemic roundtable at Pittsburgh hospital (VIDEO)

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WTAE ACTION NEWS -- It is a heartbreaking statistic. Every 25 minutes in the United States, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Gov. Tom Wolf joined in the fight Friday by leading a roundtable discussion on how to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. "It should be treated as the public health issue that it is," said volunteer Faith Cotter. "Addiction affects the whole family, and I think we should withhold judgement."  Change the st... 

Boston vs. Pittsburgh — a classic matchup that goes beyond football

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THE BOSTON GLOBE - Columnist David Shribman takes a light-hearted look at two great American cities:  They both have a north shore. They both have fine universities. They both have rabid sports fans. They both have a quarterback out-of-towners love to deride...But Boston is reserved, Pittsburgh exuberant. Boston flexes its muscles, Pittsburgh builds its muscles. Boston cultivates an urbane sophistication, Pittsburgh luxuriates in an informal e... 

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.   

Mortality Rates Predict Presidential Voting Patterns

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INSIDEUPMC - As public health researchers, we track and analyze data on the health status of Americans. Our database on every death in the United States for the past 50 years (Mortality Information and Research Analytics) allows us to examine geographic patterns of mortality. Using this MoIRA data system, we analyzed data from all 50 states, finding a strong association between all-cause mortality rates (data from 2014, the most recent data avail... 

2016 convocation speaker Hickton named to head new cybersecurity institute

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Former U.S. Attorney and 2016 Pitt Public Health convocation speaker, David J. Hickton has been appointed founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security. Hickton also has been named a fellow of the Institute of Politics where he plans to continue his work in combating opioid abuse, addressing police-community trust issues, and in criminal justice reform. 

Son of Salk: cooperation will end polio

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PITT NEWS - Peter Salk knows the last step to eradicating polio: teamwork.   According to him, his father, Jonas Salk--the inventor of the injected polio vaccine in 1952--knew more than research would be necessary to eradicate the virus: “Cooperation brings us results. But he knew we have to deal with the issues that arise from man’s relationship to man.” Salk spoke to 150 students, professionals, and Pittsburghers about achieving polio eradi... 

Sharing the wealth in Alexandria, Egypt

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Epidemiology's RONALD LAPORTE and FAINA LINKOV solicited 6,700 research methodology volumes from 150 donors from 30 universities, and they sent them last month in a giant shipping container to the Library of Alexandria. LEWIS KULLER said, “One of the real goals of the library is to increase both the quality and the quantity of scientific investigations and public health [knowledge] in Africa." 

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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)
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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)
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Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment 

Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment

PITTWIRE - New research led by Pitt Public Health affiliates and published in the  American Journal of Human Genetics  reveals that an interplay of at least 49 genes contributes to earlobe attachment inheritance. “Sometimes the genetics of a fairly simple trait are actually quite complex,” said ... (12/06/2017)
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