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Will the ACHA take away career flexibility, asks HPM's Donahue

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90.5 WESA - “So in effect, the people with preexisting conditions could find coverage so unaffordable that they don't have access to the market even though the guaranteed issue rule is still in place,” said JULIE DONAHUE, professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh. Donahue said that could lead to a phenomenon called job lock, where people stay in jobs simply for the health insurance. She said the ACA was designed, i... 

HPM's Hershey and Kahn offer perspective on state sepsis mandates and regulation of hospital quality

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NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE - In an editorial on “Rory’s Regulations” requiring hospitals follow a protocol to quickly identify and treat sepsis, Pitt Public Health’s TINA BATRA HERSHEY and JEREMY M. KAHN examine the potential of additional state sepsis mandates, noting this represented a major shift in the use of health policy to improve the quality of health care, rather than using market-based incentives and reimbursement penalties. “Sepsi... 

2017 faculty and staff Delta Omega initiates

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The following four individuals will be inducted into the Omicron chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society at the Graduate School of Public Health, recognizing merit and encouraging further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work: Nancy W. Glynn (EPI '94), faculty and alumna; Leah M. Lamonte (IDM '06), alumna; Natalie A. Solomon-Brimage (BCHS '06), alumna; Christopher A. Taylor (EPI '10), alumnus. 

Braund named new director of Center for Public Health Practice and associat dean for public health practice

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The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has selected WENDY ELIZABETH BRAUND as the new director of its Center for Public Health Practice and associate dean for public health practice. She will join the school’s faculty as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Braund, who has a strong history in public health administration, most recently served as state health officer and public health division admi... 

EPI's King finds popular weight-loss surgery linked to alcohol problems

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CBS NEWS - "We knew there was an increase in the number of people experiencing problems with alcohol within the first two years of surgery, but we didn't expect the number of affected patients to continue to grow throughout seven years of follow-up," said lead author WENDY KING, associate professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her team discovered that 20.8 percent of participants developed symptoms of alcohol use disorder within five ye... 

Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association  

Professors Jeong and Tseng honored as Fellows of the American Statistical Association

ASA NEWS - Biostatistics professors Jong-Hyeon Jeong and George C. Tseng are to be recognized as Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA). "The statistics community, as well as other scientific disciplines, needs to look no further than these remarkable individuals who have proven that ... (05/16/2017)

Mair wins funding for innovative teaching proposal for BCHS 

Mair wins funding for innovative teaching proposal for BCHS

UNIVERSITY TIMES - Assistant BCHS prof CHRISTINA MAIR submitted one of seven winning teaching proposals that received funding as part of Pitt's 2017 Innovatioin in Education Awards Program. Winners are selected each year by the Office of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence. Ma... (05/11/2017)

Allegheny County names EOH's Goldstein to serve on lead task force, chaired by HPM's Hacker 

Allegheny County names EOH's Goldstein to serve on lead task force, chaired by HPM's Hacker

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has named EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN to a nine-member task force to study and recommend action steps to reduce the childhood lead exposure in the region. The task force, to be chaired by HPM's KAREN HACKER, Allegheny County's health director,... (05/10/2017)

Childhood bullying could mean health risks in adulthood, EPI's Matthews warns 

Childhood bullying could mean health risks in adulthood, EPI's Matthews warns

UPI - "The long term effects of bullying involvement are important to establish," EPI's KAREN MATTHEWS, the lead researcher from the University of Pittsburgh, said in a press release. "Most research on bullying is based on addressing mental health outcomes, but we wished to examine the potential imp... (05/09/2017)

EPI's Brink comments on asthma among us 

EPI's Brink comments on asthma among us

POST-GAZETTE - A disturbing topic is the racial disparity in the cases of asthma. EPI's LUANN BRINK has reported rates for African-Americans that are nearly double the rates for whites. Pollution sources are clustered in areas where many African-Americans live, leading to this disparity. (05/07/2017)

Rotarian director talks with Salk and Burke about polio eradication  

Rotarian director talks with Salk and Burke about polio eradication

A round-table was held today with some amazing minds on the issue of polio eradication: Jennifer Jones, director of Rotary International; PETER SALK, IDM visiting professor and son of research pioneer Jonas Salk; and DONALD BURKE, school dean and University associate vice chancellor of global health... (05/05/2017)

HPM's Donohue concerned about House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare 

HPM's Donohue concerned about House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare

TIME - “The AHCA would lead to catastrophic coverage losses among those right above the poverty line,” said JULIE DONOHUE, HPM faculty and director of the Medicaid Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute. “While individuals right above poverty-level could technically ... (05/04/2017)

IDM's Peter Salk on importance of Julius Youngner, polio vaccine pioneer, dead at 96  

IDM's Peter Salk on importance of Julius Youngner, polio vaccine pioneer, dead at 96

NEW YORK TIMES - “I think it’s absolutely fair to say that had it not been for Dr. Youngner, the polio vaccine would not have come into existence,” PETER SALK president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation and a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said... (05/04/2017)

EPI's Strotmeyer selected as chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America's Health Sciences Section 

EPI's Strotmeyer selected as chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America's Health Sciences Section

ELSA S. STROTMEYER, associate professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health, was voted chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America's Health Sciences Section. She will assume her role in November, joining colleagues from around the country in accepting responsibility for matters of governa... (05/02/2017)

Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the Craig Teaching Award 

Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the Craig Teaching Award

In a spontaneous and touching gesture, HPM students leapt up to honor WESLEY ROHRER with a standing ovation when he was called to the podium to accept the Craig Teaching Award at the 2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation on Sunday. Presented annually to a nominee selected by students and past honorees... (05/02/2017)

Marques offers insignt as Zika season approaches 

Marques offers insignt as Zika season approaches

TRIB LIVE - In the U.S., there have been 5,264 Zika cases reported, with the vast majority in travelers returning from affected areas in other countries, says ERNESTO MARQUES, associate professor with Pitt Public Health and scientific director of CURA ZIKA, an international alliance with counterpart... (05/01/2017)

PHDL helps city prepare for severe air quality incidents using predictive analytics technology 

PHDL helps city prepare for severe air quality incidents using predictive analytics technology

JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - “In this scenario, we are using FRED to estimate the clinical impact of heat and smog on different demographics within our population,” said MARK ROBERTS, HPM chair and director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL). “FRED allows us to pinpoint criti... (05/01/2017)

Marques looks for clues to Zika damage in twins 

Marques looks for clues to Zika damage in twins

NEW YORK TIMES - Determining why one twin becomes infected in the womb while the other does not may illuminate how Zika crosses the placenta, how it enters the brain, and whether any genetic mutations make a fetus more resistant or susceptible to Zika infection. Perhaps the virus entered through a w... (05/01/2017)

EOH's Goldstein and BCHS' Berry on the danger of lead poisoning 

EOH's Goldstein and BCHS' Berry on the danger of lead poisoning

POST-GAZETTE - In this article, EOH professor emeritus BERNARD GOLDSTEIN and BCHS student BELINDA BERRY tell us that increased funding for removing lead sources from both paint and water is needed. Unfunded mandates from politicians to do more with less will not help. Heightened surveillance of chi... (04/30/2017)

Important news about vaccines for children, with EPI's van Panhuis 

Important news about vaccines for children, with EPI's van Panhuis

CONSUMER REPORTS - Myth #2: It’s Safer to Space Out Kids' Vaccines. That's unwise, says EPI's WILBERT VAN PANHUIS. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks and vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. “To start mixing this up is really complicate... (04/29/2017)

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