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

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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, has six months to make its recommendations. 

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

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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 impact of involvement in bullying on physical health and psychosocial risk factors for poor physical health." 

EPI's Brink comments on asthma among us

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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. 

Rotarian director talks with Salk and Burke about polio eradication (video)

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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. Rotary has been raising awareness that "We are this close to ending polio!" While all were in Pittsburgh, they shared amazing conversation about the... 

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

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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 purchase coverage on the marketplace, such coverage will be out of reach for nearly all.” 

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

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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 in an e-mail. He added, “The really important thing to recognize is that the development of the polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh was a t... 

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

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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 governance and strategic planning with GSA. 

IDM's DELUCIA, RAVIKUMAR, and WOELL bring home 2017 Dean's Day departmental awards

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IDM awarded departmental prizes in the 2017 Dean's Day student research competition to DANA WOELL of the MPH-PEL program in the MPH category, PRANALI RAVIKUMAR in the MS category, and DIANA DELUCIA in the PhD category.  

Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the 2017 Craig Teaching Award

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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. Rohrer serves as the director of the MHA Program in the Department of Health Policy and Management, where he is an associate professor and vice chair.   

IDM students and faculty participate in March for Science

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IDM students and faculty were among the thousands to participate in March for Science events held on April, 22, 2017 in Oakland (adjacent to the Pitt campus) and in Washington, DC. These nonpartisan event sought to celebrate the role that science plays in our everyday lives. 

Marques offers insignt as Zika season approaches

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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 counterparts in Brazil to help fundraising for research into the virus. Learn more about Cura Zika at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/curazika. 

Meet Amber Chaudry, MPH student in BCHS

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Amber Chaudry, an MPH student in Pitt's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, shares some of her passion for a career in public health and how helping those around her is integral to her own vision of success.   

Meet Rosa De Ferrari of BCHS

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Rosa De Ferrari, an MPH student in Pitt's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, describes her "viviencias" (life experiences) in Ecuador and Nicaragua. She soon realized that immigrants in this country long for the kinds of social support inherent to their native communities. As she continues her journey at Pitt Public Health, she most appreciates the ready accessibility of faculty and the variety of research areas she can choo... 

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

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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 critical conditions and the effect of potential interventions to better educate response efforts. For example, we can use the model to predict how many ins... 

2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation

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Yesterday was filled with pomp and circumstance as eager graduates strode into the Carnegie Music Hall auditorium, led by convocation marshall, HUGEN's ROBIN GRUBS, to celebrate degrees completed. Addressing the crowd was Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.  

One city in Pennsylvania is poised to crush the 21st century… but it’s not Philadelphia. How Pittsburgh positioned itself as a tech and innovation power player.

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PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE -  As a brave new world of technologies like robotics, autonomous vehicles and genomics begins to take shape, Pittsburgh is one of a few scrappy, first-mover cities poised to lead it. Beyond the robots, rivers, and restaurants, Pittsburgh has community, livability and a distinct Portland-like attraction—except there are jobs and projects attracting companies like Google and Amazon and Uber. “You can either put up red ta... 

Marques looks for clues to Zika damage in twins

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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 weak spot in one placenta’s membrane, said ERNESTO MARQUES, an infectious disease expert at Pitt Public Health and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Recif... 

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

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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 children, as requested by KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and director of the Allegheny County Health Department, is of particular importance to better follow ... 

Younger, contributor to Salk's polio vaccine discoveries, dies at 96

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WTAE - In 1949, Julius S. Youngner was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to assist Jonas Salk in developing an effective polio vaccine. Salk always credited his dedicated team as crucial to their virology studies and discoveries. "Julius Youngner once told a reporter that he intended to stay at the University of Pittsburgh for only a short time following his work on the Manhattan Project. But he soon fell in love with Pitt and the researc... 

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

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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 complicated and actually can be dangerous,” he says—in part because putting vaccines off can leave kids vulnerable to infectious diseases. 

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KDKA CBS NEWS — Fueled by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pitt researchers are studying and combating false online information about vaccines. “Vaccines are often the victim of their own success,” said BCHS doctoral student Beth Hoffman, a research assistant at the Center for Resea... (02/01/2021)
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