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Meet Erica Stevens, MMPH candidate '20

Erica Stevens is a pediatric pulmonology fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Her immediate career goals are to become a skilled and knowledgeable investigator of pulmonary disease through experience and training as a T32 postdoctoral fellow. Through this training period Stevens plan to significantly advance her expertise in her knowledge and understanding of risk factors and management of asthma.  

Lycia Neumann - 2017 Center for Global Health Student Travel Scholarship Recipient

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As an international student, LYCIA NEUMANN always had the intention to take the skills she has learned at Pitt Public Health back to her home in Brazil. Because of the scholarship, she was able to study the profile and unmet needs of cancer patients' family caregivers in Brazil. Her experience has taught her important lessons, such as, " Go with a good plan and a contact. Don't wait to develop your project until you get there."  

Brendan DeCenso – 2017 Center for Global Health Student Travel Scholarship Recipient

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“Pittsburgh is a great city,“ said BRENDAN DECENSO. “But take opportunities to go work elsewhere – it will change you for the better.” After seeing frustrating inequalities among countries related to HIV, he was inspired to practice medicine internationally. He organized a project for himself in Lima, Peru and says that h would not have been able to have the experience he had without the aid from the scholarship.   

Meet Molly Shiflet (HPM '19), Hershey Scholarship Awardee

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“From a very young age I knew I wanted to pursue a career in service and helping others, says Molly Shiflet. “The field of public health seemed like a perfect fit.” When the time came to look at graduate schools, Shiflet says she immediately was drawn to Pitt Public Health for its strong national reputation and “seemingly endless” opportunities for students.  

Meet Manasa Pallapolu (MHA '19), Hershey Scholarship Awardee

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Manasa Pallapolu discovered she had an interest in health care administration while on the pre-med path at Drexel University. After graduation, the Fairfax, Va., native worked as the head of medical billing at a psychiatric office, where she was exposed to “a completely different side of health care.” She decided to return to school to pursue a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. 

Meet HPM's Lauren Borrelli, Korean Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Winner

HPM's LAUREN BORRELLI plans to utilize her fellowship to build industry-specific knowledge of the Korean health care market. As a Korean-American, she is excited to be able to connect her cultural heritage to her professional career.   

Meet Eva Chernoff, MMPH candidate '18

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EVA CHERNOFF (MMPH '18, MD '19) received her BS in psychology and neuroscience with a minor in human development and family studies at Penn State University where she researched how ADHD impacts juvenile, higher level brain function and emotional regulation. She worked for the Child Attention Learning Study at Penn State, coordinating research efforts including participant recruitment, student training, statistical analysis, grant finances and I... 

Meet Kristina Boyd (BIOS '19), Dean's Scholar

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After landing a research position at the Massachusetts General Hospital Biostatistics Center, Kristina Boyd was encouraged to pursue public heath as a career. In addition to serving as a research assistant in the UPMC Department of Emergency Medicine, she is a wife and mother to a 2-year-old. Though balancing motherhood and graduate school can be difficult, she wants people to know that "it is possible and it is so worth it."  

Meet Chandler Caufield (HPM '20), Dean's Scholar

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Pittsburgh native and MHA/MBA student CHANDLER CAUFIELD (HPM ’20) was familiar with the city’s burgeoning medical sector buoyed by world-class hospitals and universities; however, it wasn’t until she worked in the industry that she discovered health care was the field for her. "Eventually, I landed on health care administration because it seemed like the perfect intersection of my interests and skills as well as my passion for improving the pati... 

Meet Eva Chernoff (MMPH '19), Dean's Scholar

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“I was raised not to think of myself in terms of ethnicity but rather to have my own experiences,” says Eva Chernoff. Her experiences in medical school and working in the Philippines “have influenced my career motivations toward clinical practice among diverse, underserved populations affected by the social determinants of health.” At Pitt, she hopes to learn more about community-based participatory research and methods in qualitative research. ... 

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Haldeman founded Scent with Love, recycles wedding flowers into special deliveries 

Haldeman founded Scent with Love, recycles wedding flowers into special deliveries

THE INCLINE - Scent with Love, the all-volunteer organization takes donated flowers from weddings and other events and brings them to places like the Children’s Home in Bloomfield, Bethlehem Haven in Bluff, and Family House in Oakland and Shadyside. The organization was founded by SHANNON HALDEMAN ... (08/15/2018)
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Olaniyan explores how health care organizations are wired for excellence 

Olaniyan explores how health care organizations are wired for excellence

THE WINDOW - Sustaining a quality journey within a health care organization is a complex, multifaceted process. As a 2018 Patient Safety Fellow, ABISOLA OLANIYAN (BCHS '21) delved into the emerging field of health implementation science, by studying teams that have been recognized for sustaining an... (08/02/2018)
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Thompson receives Predoctoral Fellowship from NHLBI 

Thompson receives Predoctoral Fellowship from NHLBI

JESSICA THOMPSON (BCHS '21), was awarded a NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This 3 year award will fund her doctoral training and dissertation research on cardiovascular disease prevention among rural Appalachian women. She plans to us... (07/30/2018)
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Tomko crowned Miss Wheelchair USA 

Tomko crowned Miss Wheelchair USA

CBS PITTSBURGH - Congratulations to HEATHER TOMKO (HPM '19), who was crowned Miss Wheelchair USA on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of science in mechanical and biomedical engi... (07/22/2018)
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Pitt task force outlines framework for confronting nationwide opioid crisis 

Pitt task force outlines framework for confronting nationwide opioid crisis

PITTWIRE - Pitt is taking a leading role in tackling the public health crisis by strengthening its prevention, treatment and recovery programs to bring meaningful change to the lives of students. "While opioid abuse is lower on university campuses, we can't be complacent," said Chancellor Patrick G... (06/25/2018)
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