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National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week Events

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed the time as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health. It’s a time to unite around critical issues and focus our collective energy on the singular goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives. Find out more at

Each year, Pitt Public Health observes National Public Health Week through numerous student-led events and through the annual  Dean's Day student research competition.

Pitt Public Health joins APHA in observing National Public Health Week 2017 and the growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We're celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Find out more about specific events planned for the week of April 3-9, 2017 on the school calendar.

Of course Pitt Public Health students, faculty, and staff celebrate and promote public health year-round, but we planned the following special NPHW observances.

Wednesday, March 29

Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Rural Health Initiative
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Public Health A215
PA is exploring an innovative budgeting process to help save some of our rural hospitals. Presented by Lauren Hughes, family physician and deputy secretary for health innovation, PA Dept. of Health. 

Monday, April 3

Health Disparities Poster Competition
Noon-4 p.m., Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
Presentation of work addressing health disparities – gaps in health status, quality, or equity in any studied population relative to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population. 

From Obamacare to Trumpcare – the Challenge of Expanding Coverage in the U.S. 
3-5 p.m., Public Health A115
One Pittsburgh family’s experience with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion and historical and current data illustrating challenges and accomplishments of recent health policy from presenters Julie Donohue and Marian Jarlenski (HPM). 

Tuesday, April 4

Pain and Politics in the Heart of America   one book mark 

Noon, Public Health G23
Presented by Jennifer Silva, Bucknell University, who was lead qualitative researcher for Our Kids. Her current project examines political beliefs and behaviors in the coal region of Northeastern PA. 

Association of Women in Public Health Panel 
3-5 p.m., Public Health A1!5
Details to follow! 

Wednesday, April 5

Dean’s Day Poster Session I  
1-3 p.m., Public Health Community Commons

In our annual student research competition, students present their work while faculty judge for prizes  and students evaluate for Grand Rounds credit. 

Thursday, April 6

Dean’s Day Poster Session II  
9:30-11:30 a.m., Public Health Community Commons

Take a Health Professional to the People Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health professionals volunteer to do health screenings and education with populations at increased risk for chronic disease through this Center for Health Equity partnership with local barbershops. 

Dean’s Day Poster Session III  
1-3 p.m., Public Health Community Commons

Friday, April 7

Dean’s Day Poster Session IV  
9:30-11:30 a.m., Public Health Community Commons

Dean’s Day Poster Session V  
1-3 p.m., Public Health Community Commons

Post-Graduation Experiences of Doctoral Alumni Working in Public Health

3:30-5 p.m., Public Health A115
Learn from some of our alums with doctoral degrees about working in public health – and finding their jobs in the first place. Plus Q and A! Hosted by the Doctoral Student Organization.   

Monday, April 10

OjO Latino Photo Exhibition Opening Roundtable
2-3 p.m., Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)
OjO Latino is a community photographic project that displays daily life of Pittsburgh’s Latino population. The exhibit runs through April 24 in the Public Health Community Commons. 

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