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Hulsey, Hacker say data offers hope for opioid intervention

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE – Health department officials like ERIC HULSEY (BCHS '08) are diving deep into the data in order to predict where and when an opioid overdose is going to occur. The trick will be getting the information, and its implications, out to the broader community. “This is not just the responsibility of the government,” says BCHS’ KAREN HACKER, director, Allegheny County Health Department. “We can hopefully influence the health ca... 

Felter: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

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ELIZABETH FELTER (BCHS ’09) joined the faculty as assistant professor in 2010. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist since 2001 and leads the department’s health communication/health risk communication curriculum. Her teaching portfolio has expanded to include development of infographics, preparation of public service announcements, and use of video for public health communication. 

Bear: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

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TODD BEAR (BCHS ’07, ’13) joined the Pitt Public Health faculty as an assistant professor immediately upon earning his PhD in 2013. His primary research interest is the study of adversity, including child maltreatment and exposure to violence, and its effects on health over the lifespan. He utilizes a life-course perspective to study the behavioral and psychosocial pathways by which childhood adversity affects adolescent and adult health. 

Miller to present webinar on using brief interventions to prevent teen dating violence

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HSTODAY - NIJ and the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence are hosting a moderated webinar on Monday, February 26, at 1:00 PM to discuss interventions to reduce TDV across multiple settings with potentially high-risk populations, including within adolescent health care settings. BCHS’ LIZ MILLER will talk about universal screening, warm transfers, and reasons patients do not seek or accept assistance.   

Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal helps reduce dementia-related motor vehicle crashes

TRIB LIVE - Analyzing motor-vehicle-related hospital admissions, in-person license renewal laws and vision testing were found to dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents by drivers with dementia, according to BCHS' STEVEN ALBERT and YLL AGIMI (EPI '12) as published in Neurology.  

Pitt Public Health recognized for increased focus on LGBTQ community in research

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INSIGHT INTO DIVERSITY - The school began to seriously investigate LGBTQ health topics in the early 2000s, according to BCHS's RON STALL. “In terms of sexual minority health, a majority of public funding has always gone to HIV/AIDS research, and other disparities for [gay men] were relatively unaddressed,” he explains. “For other populations, like trans women and lesbian or bisexual populations, the basic research had never even been done.”  

BCHS student and faculty receive Hyperion Research Award on HPC Innovation Excellence

HPC WIRE - Alum JONATHAN RAVIOTTA (BCHS '18) and BCHS's RICHARD ZIMMERMAN are members of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center that received the Hyperion Research Award on High Performance Computing (HPC) Innovation Excellence for their papers using agent-based modeling to examine the effect of choice of influenza vaccine types on vaccine uptake.  

Mair on why lower-class drinkers face worse heart health risks

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CNN - The international study, says BCHS’s CHRISTINA MAIR, has a “key strength“ in its “large, population-based database.“ The greater impact of drinking on lower socioeconomic status individuals is “an important health disparity to measure, understand, and seek to reduce.“ Her work focuses on how lower-income neighborhoods have less access to health-protecting resources. “Without addressing disparate environmental conditions...we will not be abl... 

Garland calls for action after several local children killed by gun violence

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WTAE - “We as adults are always trying to make programs or projects that we think that the kids need,” said BCHS’s RICHARD GARLAND. “But my strategy has always been going to the source, so I’d like to talk to the kids and see what they really need and what’s really on their mind.” 

Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout

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POST-GAZETTE - The second, $160,000 grant was awarded to the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. RICHARD GARLAND, an assistant professor, is leading that effort and has hired two street outreach workers who are focusing on violence prevention through mediation and by building personal relationships with people in Wilkinsburg, Braddock, Rankin, Duquesne, McKeesport, and Penn Hills. 

Mair Facing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “The fact that they are recognizing the challenge before them, coming together and collaborating to solve this problem, is hopeful,” said KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and Allegheny County Health Department director. “It’s a very clear signal that’s emerging” from data on drug use, said CHRISTINA MAIR, BCHS associate professor. She has pored over hospitalization data statewide and, along with colleague JESSICA BURKE, probed ... 

Stall’s research helps to “Kick ASS”

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES - The reality of AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) is now being confirmed by empirical research. On November 3, 2017, BCHS Associate Chair for Science RON STALL presented his findings on the subject in San Francisco at a provider and community town hall entitled “Research on the AIDS Survivor Syndrome: New Data from The Multi-Center AIDS Cohort Study and Voices of Survivors Themselves.”  

Gary-Webb receives mentoring award from SAAPHI

TIFFANY GARY-WEBB of BCHS received a mentoring award from the Society of Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). She was honored for her work with students and early career professionals.   

Zimmerman: Four vaccines older adults need to protect their health

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POST-GAZETTE - Vaccine expert, BCHS’s RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, recently explained some of the key reasons why people need the vaccines. As a director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Vaccination Research Group, he’s part of the team that evaluates the flu vaccine every year. He is also a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

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Recent BCHS Publications

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Cancer-related beliefs and perceptions in Appalachia: findings from 3 states 

Cancer-related beliefs and perceptions in Appalachia: findings from 3 states

JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH - Vanderpool RC, Huang B, Deng Y, Bear TM, Chen Q, Johnson MF, Paskett ED, Robertson LB, Young GS, Lachan R found variations in cancer beliefs were observed across the 3 states’ Appalachian populations. Interventions should be tailored to specific communities to improve canc... (10/14/2019)
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The role of accountability in batterers intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence 

The role of accountability in batterers intervention programs and community response to intimate partner violence

JOURNAL OF FAMILY VIOLENCE - Pallatino C, Morrison P, Miller E, Burke J, Cluss P, Fleming R, Hawker L, George D, Bicehouse T, Chang J. found that in order to have a sustainable impact on IPV perpetration, stakeholders across the Social Ecological Model will need to utilize crucial intervention peri... (10/14/2019)
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A systematic review of health outcomes associated with provision of representative payee services 

A systematic review of health outcomes associated with provision of representative payee services

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES - Kinsky S, Creasy S, Hawk M find that representative payee services are largely beneficial or neutral in terms of health and behavior outcomes. Negative findings mainly involved the client-payee relationship. Given that more than five million individuals have a representative ... (10/14/2019)
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Prevalence and correlates of prep awareness and use among black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in the United States 

Prevalence and correlates of prep awareness and use among black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW) in the United States

AIDS AND BEHAVIOR - Friedman, MR, Sang, JM, Bukowski, LA, Chandler, CJ, Egan, JE, Eaton, LA, Matthews, DD, Ho, K, Raymond, HF, & Stall, R. found that PrEP awareness campaigns tailored for black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), concomitant with STI-to-PrEP interventions, will facilitate g... (10/14/2019)

Intimate partner violence and depression among black transgender women in the USA: The potential suppressive effect of perceived social support 

Intimate partner violence and depression among black transgender women in the USA: The potential suppressive effect of perceived social support

JOURNAL OF URBAN HEALTH - Bukowski LA, Hampton M, Escobar C, Sang JM, Creasy SL, Chandler CJ, Stall, R. find there was a 20% lower likelihood of increased depressive symptomatology for every 1-unit increase in perceived social support reported by participants. These findings perceived social suppor... (10/14/2019)
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Nowalk authors chapter in upcoming public health guide to opioid epidemic 

Nowalk authors chapter in upcoming public health guide to opioid epidemic

Alex Nowalk (BCHS '16), program director at Pitt's Program Evaluation and Research Unit, recently co-authored a chapter in an upcoming book, A Public Health Guide to Ending the Opioid Epidemic. Nowalk's chapter presents screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment as a public health and... (08/25/2019)
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Latent classes of polysubstance use among adolescents in the United States: Intersections of sexual identity with sex, age, and race/ethnicity 

Latent classes of polysubstance use among adolescents in the United States: Intersections of sexual identity with sex, age, and race/ethnicity

LGBT HEALTH - Coulter RWS, Ware D, Fish JN, and Plankey MW found that compared with their heterosexual peers, gay/lesbian and bisexual adolescents-especially females-are at heightened risk of engaging in multiple types of polysubstance use. Designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions will... (05/17/2019)
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OjO Latino: A Photovoice Project in Recognition of the Latino Presence in Pittsburgh, PA 

OjO Latino: A Photovoice Project in Recognition of the Latino Presence in Pittsburgh, PA

CONTEMPORANEITY - Pitt students Héctor Camilo Ruiz Sánchez (BCHS/Anthropology '20), Paulina Pardo Gaviria (history of art & architecture) Rosa De Ferrari (BCHS/GSPIA '18), and faculty advisors Kirk Savage & Patricia Documet (BCHS) published on their recent Photovoice work connecting Latinos from ... (04/12/2019)