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Alumna, Kathryn Puskar, inducted into international research hall of fame

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THE ALMANAC - Associate dean for undergraduate nursing education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, KATHRYN PUSKAR (BCHS '78, HPM '81) has been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, one of 20 inductees for this year. “It’s really humbling. I feel very honored to be part of that cohort,” Puskar said.  

Hernandez is one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2019

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FORBES - Congratulations to INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM '16) for being selected as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. She will be joining the most exclusive club in the world of young entrepreneurs and game-changers. After graduating from Pitt Public Health with her doctorate, Inma has led work with heavyweight drug pricing researchers and quantified the full cost of recently approved CAR T cancer therapies.  

Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting

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ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Named in honor of English physician John Snow (1813-1858), considered one of the founders of modern epidemiology, this annual award recognizes outstanding scientists for enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice. Burke said, "I find great personal satisfaction in the knowledge that my life-long research efforts have helped to improve global health and well-being." Congratulations, De... 

The costs of heroin and naloxone offer a tragic snapshot of the opioid crisis

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STAT - The cost of heroin has fallen dramatically over the past few decades, and fentanyl and other illicit opioids can be rapidly mass produced. DEAN DONALD BURKE and Michael Hufford, co-founder of a nonprofit to improve naloxone access, propose a solution: "Make naloxone available over the counter, in much greater quantities, and at lower prices."  

Heather Tomko Wins Disability Service Award

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PITTWIRE - The Dick Thornburgh Forum Disability Service Award goes to HEATHER TOMKO (HPM '19) for service that has made a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Her work in activism includes taking part in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellowship, blogging on “The Heather Report” and creating the advocacy organization, Accessible YOUniverse.  

Encourage teens to discuss relationships, says Miller

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REUTERS - Health care providers and parents should begin talking to adolescents in middle school about healthy romantic and sexual relationships and mutual respect for others, a doctors’ group urges. “Without intentionally talking to them about respectful, equitable relationships, we’re leaving them to fend for themselves,” said BCHS's ELIZABETH MILLER.   

Pitt Public health students competed and won at Code4PA code-a-thon competition

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At this year's Code4PA event, two teams of Pitt Public Health students won prizes in the regional competition and advanced to the final round. A team of four, including HUANG LIN (BIOS '20), QING YIN (BIOS '21), AND LINGYUN LYU (BIOS '22), won best use of a case/visualization. The other team, including GARRY SMYDA (BIOS '22), won best use of Esri Technology.  

Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue

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PITT WIRE - Drawing strength and inspiration from each other, thousands congregated at the Cathedral of Learning to honor those killed on October 27 in Squirrel Hill.   

Elbeshbishi receives 2018 Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership

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Congratulations to YARA ELBESHBISHI (HPM '16) for receiving the 2018 Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership. This is a highly competitive award that was established by the Novick family to recognize and honor young alumni who have enriched the life of the University of Pittsburgh though their volunteer leadership efforts. The award will be presented at the Alumni Association's 2018 Homecoming Awards Luncheon in October.  

Gollin joins Jewish Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees

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Congratulations to HUGEN's SUSANNE GOLLIN for being invited to join the Jewish Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees next year. They are meeting next month to explore the question: "What are the appropriate roles, the responsible mandates and interventions, of healthcare governing boards in guaranteeing the safety of the hospitals and systems that they oversee?"  

Faculty Spotlight: Jenna Colavincenzo Carlson

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JENNA CARLSON (BIOST '17) is a familiar face to the Department of Biostatistics since receiving her PhD with us a few years ago. After finishing her PhD, she worked as a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Human Genetics for a year before joining Biostats as an assistant professor in August. Carlson is an outstanding educator and researcher with expertise in both statistical education and in population genetics.   

Voting is Public Health

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ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - You have the power to choose who represents you in the government. Who you vote for on Tuesday can affect your health care and your ability to change policy on issues such as the right to carry firearms, LGBTQ rights, welfare programs. The list is endless.   

Cauley wins prestigious service award

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PITT WIRE - The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has awarded JANE CAULEY, vice-chair of EPI, with the 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award. Cauley received the award after volunteering for numerous positions and projects with the society.   

Angus shares the latest on efforts to increase communication in the ICU (AUDIO)

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JAMA NETWORK - What if the patient you are managing in the ICU is not asleep when you thought they were? In this podcast, HPM's DEREK ANGUS shares the latest research on the impact the ICU has on patients and best evidence-guided practices to help clinicians keep the patient at the center of care. "In the ICU there's a whole set of issues that get in the way of good communication," said Angus.  

Pitt Men's Study mourns loss of doctor among the first in Pittsburgh to treat gay men and people with HIV

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The Pitt Men’s Study extends its heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all those touched by the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on October 27. While all the deaths that day were tragic, the death of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz is particularly significant to our volunteers and staff. Dr. Rabinowitz was one of the first doctors in Pittsburgh to welcome both gay men and people with HIV into his practice.   

Sharpsburg puts its best foot forward with WalkWorks walking route

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - The Sharpsburg Main and Canal Walking Route is the newest addition to the Triboro EcoDistrict, the partnership and working agreement between Sharpsburg and its neighboring boroughs, Millvale and Etna. Neighborhood association volunteers collaborated with the  American Heart Association of Pittsburgh, the AARP, and WalkWorks, a partnership between the state Department of Health and Pitt Public Health.  

Gellad editorial on Trump's proposal for Medicare Part B

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STAT - "President Trump’s timely speech about high drug prices addressed key problems that make drugs unaffordable for so many Americans, and for taxpayers in general. Although the effort put into addressing drug pricing by the Trump administration is impressive, the solutions proposed face insurmountable challenges. I worry that the plan will meet the same fate as prior proposals to change how we pay for drugs in Medicare Part B."  

Pitt Public Health students gain "invaluable' experience during NAHSE case competition

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The NAHSE case competition is a scholarship program for students in health administration, business administration and public health. The team members were ABBY MONYEI (HPM '19), KEXIN CHEN (HPM '19) and DEBORAH WOKPETAH (HPM '20). "They really enjoyed the opportunity to develop their competencies during the competition... Plus, the networking during the NAHSE conference was invaluable for them," said HPM's KEVIN BROOM.   

Pitt Public Health students compete, Roman wins prize in Robbins Case Competition

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The 4th Annual Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management is a forum for master’s-level students to participate in a national case competition in health care management with a distinct financial/quantitative emphasis. EVAN ROMAN (HPM '19) CHANDLER CAUFIELD (HPM '20), and JUSTIN TAYLOR (HPM '20) competed as a team in this year's competition.   

Chancellor challenges Pitt community to ‘tip in’ in wake of synagogue shootings

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"Pittsburgh came together—as Pittsburghers do—in an unequivocal show of solidarity against hate,” remarks Chancellor Patrick Gallagher encouraging all of us to support one another and collectively reject hatred, bolster our communities’ core, and to grow even stronger in the wake of this disaster.  

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Mendez among those discussing maternal mortality rate in Pitt Med's podcast 

Mendez among those discussing maternal mortality rate in Pitt Med's podcast

PITT WIRE - As estimated 700 to 900 U.S. women die of complications related to childbirth each year, and at least 60,000 women nearly die of pregnancy-related complications. And African American mothers are four times more likely to die or nearly die. Hear perspectives from EPI's Dara Mendez and th... (03/25/2019)
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Hernandez study investigates rising drug prices 

Hernandez study investigates rising drug prices

PITT WIRE - A recent study led by Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM '16), assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics, found that new drugs entering the market drive up prices, but drug companies are also hiking prices on older drugs.  (01/30/2019)
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Arthur Levine: 20 years of impact 

Arthur Levine: 20 years of impact

PITT WIRE - After more than two decades of transformative service to the University of Pittsburgh, Arthur S. Levine has announced his intent to exit his position as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean in the School of Medicine. In a message to the ... (01/24/2019)


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Analysis by King identifies patients most at risk for weight regain after bariatric surgery 

Analysis by King identifies patients most at risk for weight regain after bariatric surgery

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In the years following bariatric surgery, a person's overall eating behaviors and the amount of time spent watching television, playing video games, and using a computer for recreation are a better indication of long-term weight loss success than specific weight control practi... (04/15/2019)
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Mailliard develops 'Swiss Army Knife' immunotherapy that kicks and kills HIV by exploiting a common virus 

Mailliard develops 'Swiss Army Knife' immunotherapy that kicks and kills HIV by exploiting a common virus

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In a first on the quest to cure human immunodeficiency virus, IDM's Robbie Mailliard and colleagues developed an all-in-one immunotherapy approach that not only kicks HIV out of hiding in the immune system, but also kills it. The key lies in immune cells designed to recognize ... (04/15/2019)
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USF latest to use FRED to simulate measles outbreak in Florida 

USF latest to use FRED to simulate measles outbreak in Florida

WUSF NEWS - University of Pittsburgh's Public Health Dynamic Laboratory teamed up with the University of South Florida College of Public Health to create a new online measles simulator that shows how quickly measles can spread from just one measles case over a nine-month period.  (04/05/2019)