Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health


The Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health (CSDCH) applies systems science and mixed methods approaches to better understand the mechanisms underlying community health issues. By studying the complex contexts of health behaviors and the dynamic interactions of individuals with their social and physical environments, researchers at the CSDCH seek to identify and inform multi-level public health intervention opportunities.

Information about the Social Dynamics and Community Health Seminar Series can be found on the events page of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

2018 Modeling Social Dynamics and Health Behavior Conference

Find out more about the one-day Modeling Social Dynamics and Health Behavior Conference on using computational approaches in social and behavioral research which took place on Friday, October 26, 2018. And, get an overview of the pre-conference Behavior Modeling Workshop - FRED (a Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics).

These events were jointly sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Social Dynamics and Community Health, and the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory

Contact

Christina Mair
Director
6136 Public Health 
Email: cmair@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-3613

Jessica Burke
Deputy director
6132 Public Health 
Email: jgburke@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-3610     

Center news

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Physician-patient communication behaviors in the most popular prime television shows 

Physician-patient communication behaviors in the most popular prime television shows

JOURNAL OF HEALTH COMMUNICATION - Hoffman BL, Cafferty LA, Shensa A, Jain P, Rosenthal EL, Primack BA, Sidani JE extended Jain and Slater's (2013) research to the most popular primetime television programs of 2016 and 2017. Our analysis suggests that patient–provider interactions on primetime telev... (02/10/2020)
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Mair tackles the problems researchers must address 

Mair tackles the problems researchers must address

NEWS MEDICAL LIFE SCIENCES – BCHS’s Christina Mair said, “Careful analyses of the 'social ecologies' of drinking will lead to the development of more effective environmental prevention interventions.” In Mair’s recent study they tackle the problems researchers must address to fully understand the e... (11/04/2019)
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Opioid-related diagnoses and HIV, HCV and mental disorders: using Pennsylvania hospitalisation data to assess community-level relationships over space and time. 

Opioid-related diagnoses and HIV, HCV and mental disorders: using Pennsylvania hospitalisation data to assess community-level relationships over space and time.

JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH  - BCHS's Sumetsky, Burke, and Mair find that previous-year opioid-related hospitalizations are connected to common comorbid conditions such as HCV, HIV and mental disorders, illustrating some of the broader health-related impacts of the opioid epidemic.... (10/21/2019)
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Approaches to identify unknown HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya 

Approaches to identify unknown HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Nairobi, Kenya

AIDS & BEHAVIOR - Njagi M, Chandler,CJ, Coulter RWS, Siconolfi D, Stall R, Egan JE find that clinics using a social and sexual network index testing strategy with Kenyan MSM had significantly higher incidence rates of HIV diagnoses than control clinics.  (10/21/2019)
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Felter comments on how Facebook and Pinterest are fighting back against anti-vaccine content 

Felter comments on how Facebook and Pinterest are fighting back against anti-vaccine content

HEALTHLINE - Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram have put in safeguards to help combat health misinformation online, which is important because such misinformation can affect public health. For example, misinformation about vaccines has helped lead to the ongoing spike of measles cases. "Those oppos... (09/23/2019)
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Hoffman led research into anti-vaxxers on social media (video) 

Hoffman led research into anti-vaxxers on social media (video)

WPXI - Antivaxxers left negative business reviews for Kids First Pediatrics after they posted a social media video encouraging HPV vaccination. So, they teamed up with researchers at Pitt including Beth Hoffman (BCHS '19, '23) who found that we have to "...start thinking about how to deliver tailor... (04/29/2019)
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Analyzing a Facebook-fueled anti-vaccination attack: 'It's not all about autism' 

Analyzing a Facebook-fueled anti-vaccination attack: 'It's not all about autism'

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Research led by Beth Hoffman (BCHS '19, '23) finds that anti-vaccination arguments on social media aren't all about autism, but instead center on four distinct themes that can appeal to diverse audiences, offering a framework that pediatricians can use to open a conversation w... (04/01/2019)