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Meet Emilie Transue, MMPH Candidate

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Emilie Transue is a 5th year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, planning to compete a dual medical and public health degree by June 2019.Emilie is also pursuing a certificate in Health Systems Leadership and Management. Clinically, Emilie is interested in providing culturally-informed psychiatric care and is a National Health Service Corps Scholar.  

Abunto joins NIH-Bethesda

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MARIA ABUNTO, MD, MPH (MMPH '16) recently assumed a new position with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland after completing her studies at Pitt Public Health. A medical doctor with years of experience in basic science and clinical research, Abunto pursued the MMPH and global health programs to augment clinical training and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to serve in a public health leadership position.  

Meet Simon Yohannes, MMPH Candidate

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I am a second year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. I graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, and I hope to combine my engineering knowledge in helping underserved populations. I am also interested in working with refugee and immigrant populations, particularly understanding the mental stressors that they have gone through on their journey from their respective home countries.  

Historic Pittsburgh, capturing a moment in time

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HISTORIC PITTSBURGH - Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Library System, Historic Pittsburgh comprises primary and secondary sources about the region, including publications, maps, manuscripts, visual images, and audio-video materials, that support personal and scholarly research.   

The Opioid Epidemic and a Long Overdue Response

Associate Professor Linda Frank takes thoughtful look at responses to opioid epidemic. From our department and Pitt Public Health there can be many actions that can be taken. 

2016’s top three in public health

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INSIDE LIFE CHANGING MEDICINE - Pitt Public Health Dean DONALD S. BURKE discusses what he believes were the most important news developments in his field in 2016. 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

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My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.    

Pitt study: Pittsburgh-area girls falling steps behind in physical activity

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Teenage girls in Pittsburgh are falling more than a step behind -– they’re falling a few thousand steps behind in the area of physical activity, according to a study released today by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level rec... 

Will The world’s turn to right-wing populism make us sick?

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HUFFINGTON POST - “These data suggest that Trump voters were expressing dissatisfaction with real problems that included shorter lives and less healthy living conditions,” said DONALD S. BURKE, dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. 

Pittsburgh teen girls take barely half the steps recommended for health

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MEDICAL XPRESS - "Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level recommended by national and international health agencies," said lead author BONNY ROCKETTE-WAGNER (EPI), director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. "Girls who were obese or had given birth in the last year were even less likely to achieve adequate levels of physical activity.... 

Officials say PA’s Drug Monitoring Program making an impact in first four months

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WESA 90.5 FM - The Department of Health Policy and Management's Public Health Leader in Residence, LAUREN HUGHES, weighs in on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. She serves as deputy secretary for health innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

Congratulations to Cura Zika's Celina Martelli Turchi on being named a "scientist who mattered" in 2016

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NATURE - In its " Nature' s 10" list of ten scientists who mattered this year, the international weekly journal of science recognized Cura Zika advisor, CELINA MARTELLI TURCHI for her work as the 'Zika detective' who raced to make sense of a medical mystery in northeast Brazil.  

Using multiple social media sites more linked to depression than total time spent digitally socializing

Compared with the total time spent on social media, use of multiple platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health found in a national survey. 

CMS Drops Medicare Part B Drug Payment Pilot

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REGULATORY AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS SOCIETY - … Walid Gellad, co-director of University of Pittsburgh's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, told Focus: "If doctors had been adamantly supporting this pilot, I think it could have materialized despite pharma opposition. But organized medicine (the AMA, every specialty society impacted by reduced revenue) was opposed, and I think that is an important part of this story. We also just ran o... 

Congratulations Yara Elbeshbishi

HPM is pleased to announce that Dec 2016 MPH Candidate, Yara Elbeshbishi, will be a Project Analyst in the Marketplace Operations Department at the UPMC Health Plan. 

Extensive Brain Defects Seen in Babies of Mothers With Zika

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THE NEW YORK TIMES - … Dr. Ernesto T. A. Marques Jr., an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, said that study was consistent with what he had seen in Recife, Brazil. …  

Fresh Take: Trump Dominated the Vote in States with the Highest Mortality Rates

STAT NEWS -- There’s no shortage of explanations for Donald Trump’s victory, but one possibility is that Trump voters viewed the election as a life-or-death matter. Using data from Pitt Public Health’s   Mortality and Population Data System   (MOIRA), researchers found that Trump swept the 16 states with the highest mortality rates, while people in 15 of the 18 states with lowest mortality voted for Clinton...  

Medical examiner: Philly overdose surge may have killed 35 over 5 days

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THE INQUIRER / PHILLY.COM - Last weekend's frightening and widely reported string of overdoses in Philadelphia —  nine deaths in 36 hours , according to police — was just part of what officials  suspect was a devastating five days that left 35 people dead. It started Dec. 1, when 12 people died between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.  [Pitt Public Health's Jeanine Buchanich responds to Philadelphia's disturbing spike in overdose deaths.]  

Tracking Diesel Pollution In Downtown Pittsburgh

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WESA - The Allegheny County Health Department enlisted the help of a University of Pittsburgh professor to study the concentrations of diesel pollution Downtown. 

NSF: Pitt among top 25 universities for R&D at No. 18

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES  - The University of Pittsburgh is again among the nation's top 25 higher education institutions in terms of total research and development expenditures, coming in at No. 18 in 2015, according to the National Science Foundation . Pitt reported $866.6 million in total R&D expenditures in 2015, up from the $856.8 million in 2014. Pitt receives the majority of its research funding from the federal government. In fact, ... 

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Mendez receives national recognition for maternal and child health research 

Mendez receives national recognition for maternal and child health research

PITTWIRE - The Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and 15 national health organizations selected EPI's Dara Mendez as the recipient of the 2020 Award for Effective Practice at the Community Level. Mendez specializes in understanding and addressing racial and socioecon... (09/07/2020)
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University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions 

University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions

PITTWIRE - The new Healthcare Advisory Group, headed by Anantha Shekhar, new senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of Pitt Med, will monitor the health status of the campus and ensure compliance with legal regulations. Members, including HPM’s Mark Roberts, EPI’s Anne Newman, EOH’... (06/17/2020)
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O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role 

O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role

PITTWIRE - Pitt Public Health staff member Scott O'Neal recently took center stage to sing the title role in the world premiere of "Satan's Fall," composed by Steward Copeland, founder of the iconic New Wave band The Police. The metal opera, based on "Paradise Lost", was co-commissioned by the Mend... (02/24/2020)


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Hershey on how courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on  

Hershey on how courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on

WASHINGTON POST – HPM's Tina Batra Hershey agrees that there's a need for executive administrations to “provide clear and transparent communications about what they’re doing, to ensure that there is a tailored response.” That might mean articulating what steps will be taken to measure whether restr... (09/16/2020)