One Book, One Community Read-Along


Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book. Share an Experience.

Pitt Public Health’s One Book, One Community (OBOC) program is a school-wide “communal read” of a single book focused on a topic affecting the field of public health. Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with students and faculty. You’ll also be invited to participate in a variety of programming during the year, including live and virtual discussions and events.

Selecting this Year’s Book

"Evicted by Matthew Desmond describes the plight of poor families who, for want of a few dollars, are forced to move from their homes, apartments, or trailers. An ethnographer, Desmond shares the intimate vicissitudes of his subject / friends as they struggle to make ends meet while negotiating a bewildering system of slumlords, public agencies, law enforcement, and courts, a system that seems almost designed to reinforce a downward spiral of poverty. The consequences of eviction are especially felt by mothers with young children, whose development is jeopardized by substandard housing, low quality neighborhoods, and poor nutrition. 

"Social factors are well known to be paramount determinants of health and well-being, and Evicted heartbreakingly illuminates how poverty and lack of housing affect families and communities. America’s health compares poorly to other economically developed counties. Everyone interested in improving public health should read Evicted to better understand poverty, housing, and health.”

The book has been a New York Times best seller, won a Pulitzer Prize, and was on Bill Gates’s summer reading list in 2017
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CPH-CE Credits

CPH-CE credits can be earned by participating in discussions.
(1 CPH-CE credit per hour)

Questions?

Contact Jennifer Sciullo and the school's alumni relations team for details or questions about the read-along program.

OBOC News

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Mona says there’s a good reason Flint is still on filtered and bottled water (audio) 

Mona says there’s a good reason Flint is still on filtered and bottled water (audio)

WKAR - “It's because our pipes are being replaced and we are almost done with that. But by the end of 2019 all of the lead pipes in Flint will have been replaced, which is pretty incredible. We'll only be the third city in the country that has replaced their lead pipes. Lansing, Michigan is one of ... (09/16/2019)
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OBOC author: I helped expose the lead crisis in Flint. Here's what other cities should do. 

OBOC author: I helped expose the lead crisis in Flint. Here's what other cities should do.

THE NEW YORK TIMES - Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, explains how persistence, activism, teamwork, and science prevailed when the powers-that-be tried to silence her research when she found lead in the blood of Flin... (08/28/2019)
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Water Safety and Lead Regulation: Physicians' Community Health Responsibilities  

Water Safety and Lead Regulation: Physicians' Community Health Responsibilities

AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS - This article reviews the regulation of lead in drinking water, highlighting its epidemiological, engineering, and ethical aspects with a focus on the Flint water crisis. Discussing water quality policy and its implimentation with a focus on lead contamination of water, prima... (08/24/2019)
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The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond - resources from APHA 

The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond - resources from APHA

Recordings and slides from a three-part webinar series on lead and public health from the American Public Health Association. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has raised public health concerns about lead exposure, the U.S. water supply infrastructure, and the autority to enforce safe an... (08/24/2019)
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Summer reads from The Nation's Health 

Summer reads from The Nation's Health

THE NATION'S HEALTH - With summer’s arrival, it’s time to find a quiet beach, a shady grove, a comfortable corner on an inviting porch and relax with a good book. But which one? That’s where we can help.  The Nation’s Health  editors have searched online and brick-and-mortar book sellers to come up... (08/19/2019)
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Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health 

Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health

We have a lot on our summer "To Be Read" pile, particularly titles we're considering for our next One Book, One Community program. Read about the program at publichealth.pitt.edu/oboc and check out Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you're reading and what you think would make a good OBOC s... (08/05/2019)
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Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program 

Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program

It's that time again. Submit your suggestions for next year's One Book, One Community title. We want to hear from you on this initiative that has encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and friends through reading a shared book with a public health theme.  (08/05/2019)
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Housing remains a major social determinant of health 

Housing remains a major social determinant of health

While we are wrapping up our year with Matthew Desmond's Evicted as our One Book, One Community selection, housing remains a major social determinant of health. We don't stop studying, researching, or solving the problems highlighted by past programs. For the latest on housing, check out a recent e... (07/08/2019)