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Scarpinato’s MHA Residency with Allegheny General Extended

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Mario "Mark" Scarpinato's (HPM '17) residency with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) was only supposed to last the summer, fulfilling the MHA program’s residency requirement; however, he has been asked to continue working at Allegheny General Hospital through the coming school year.  

Andrews studies diabetes in Rwanda during global health field internship

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Epidemiology master's student Haylee Andrews traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, over the summer to intern with Life for a Child (LFAC) under Professor Trevor Orchard.   

Rodriguez serves on raccoon oral rabies vaccination team

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Samantha Rodriguez (IDM) helped to plan, execute, and review the county’s Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program, as well as assisted with ORV distribution.  

Hemant Mahajan assesses Hepatitis C burden

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), epidemiology student Hemant Mahajan assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors.  

BCHS's Neumann studies aging and community support in Brazil

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BCHS doctoral student Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann spent the summer running a study in her home country of Brazil thanks to a grant she received from the 2015–16 CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grants for her project “The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A Study with Low-Income, Community-Dwelling Seniors in Brazil.”   

Lowery conducts West Nile Virus surveillance with ACHD

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Joel Lowery (IDM ’17) assisted the ACHD in conducting its annual surveillance of West Nile Virus (WNV) in order to make informed decisions on vector control related to mosquitoes. In addition to WNV, the team monitored Aedes albopictus , a possible mosquito vector for the Zika virus. Lowery was responsible for setting traps, entering data, and shipping samples to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for testing. He took awa... 

Pitt Researchers Address Opioid Overdose as Leading Cause of Death in PA

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Dr. Donald S. Burke , dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, discusses how behaviors of substance abuse are transmitted from person to person, similar to an infectious disease. His primary concern is the number of lives lost due to accidental overdose mortality rates, which is now the main cause of death in Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania is in the midst of a drug over... 

Pitt’s Cura Zika Projects Focus On Disease Development, Detection And Vaccines

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WESA-FM - The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has announced the recipients of the first round of funding for its Cura Zika initiative. Six research projects that interrogate three different approaches were chosen to receive the $400,000 in funding. Two researchers are looking at ways to diagnose the virus, two are trying to understand how the virus causes disease, and two are pursuing vaccine technologies.  

Jennifer Burwinkel awarded 2016-17 Bob Yee Scholarship 

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​ Jennifer Burwinkel (IDM '18) was awarded a 2016 Bob Yee Public Health Scholarship. A native of Cincinnati, OH, Burwinkel is pursuing an MS in infectious diseases and microbiology. She holds an undergraduate biology degree from Montreat College & Clearwater Christian College.  

Scott Chadwell awarded 2016-17 Bob Yee Scholarship 

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​ Scott Chadwell (IDM '17) was awarded a 2016 Bob Yee Public Health Scholarship. A native of Columbus, OH, Chadwell is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in infectious disease pathogenesis, eradication, and laboratory practice (MPH-PEL). He holds an undergraduate exercise science degree from the Ohio State University.  

Jerone Stoner awarded 2016-17 Bob Yee Scholarship

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​ Jerone Stoner (IDM '17) was awarded a 2016 Bob Yee Public Health Scholarship. A native of Chambersburg, PA, Stoner is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in infectious disease management, intervention, and community practice (MPH-MIC). He holds an undergraduate biochemistry & molecular biology degree from Dickinson College.  

HOPE MULTIPLIED - David de la Cruz in Liberia fighting the largest Ebola outbreak in history

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PITT MAGAZINE - In fall 2014, President Barack Obama activated the USPHS Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of public health officers. He called David de la Cruz (BCHS '91), a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and other Corps volunteers to be "hope multipliers" in Liberia, where the country was being ravaged by the West African Ebola outbreak. More than 10,000 people became infected in Liberia alone. Assigned as the deputy officer... 

Marcus Poindexter featured in Pitt magazine for community service

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PITT MAGAZINE Marcus Poindexter (BCHS '10, SOC WK '10) was recently recognized in Pitt magazine--and in a local ad campaign--for helping to strengthen communities and address signifi­cant societal challenges. "Poindexter is among the hundreds of Pitt social work students who  annually log the collective equivalent of $6 million in services to the Pittsburgh area."  

Pitt Studies How to Get Overdose Reversal Drug to People Who Need It

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Dr. Mary Hawk, assistant professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, works with local needle exchange program Prevention Point Pittsburgh to fight the opioid epidemic. Together, they are working to get an overdose reversal drug into the hands of people most at risk of overdose. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO_arZuufmM  

Congratulations Jaideep Karamchandani on new position as infection preventionist!

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA graduate Jaideep Karamchandani ( jkaram7@gmail.com ) has accepted an infection preventionist position at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

Congratulations Ash Mohan!

HPM is pleased to announce that Ash Mohan has accepted a Strategic Fee Schedule Manager position at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation in Columbus. 

Pitt Researcher Uses Hospitalization Data to Determine Causes of Substance Abuse

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Dr. Christina Mair, assistant professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, discusses how she plans to use hospitalization data from the last 15 years to research rates of abuse, overdose and dependence. The data will help her locate one high-risk region within two hours of Pitt’s campus, where she will conduct further research to get a full view of the problem from both th... 

JHF Jonas Salk Fellowship - Apply by September 9

The 2016 Salk Fellowship will function as a master design lab to reinvent the health system, starting from scratch. In multi-disciplinary teams, Fellows (selected graduate students) will envision a master design of a health system to get the best health outcomes at the most reasonable cost.  

Pitt Researchers Turn to Social Media in Fight Against Opioid Abuse

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Social media could revolutionize how to care for those struggling with addiction. Dr. Zan Dodson from the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory discusses how his team is looking at how social media can be used to identify geographical clusters of opioid and heroin abuse and overdose. The data they’re compiling will help create a map of opioid-use clusters, which will be shared with Pittsburgh officials to provide better care in those areas in an e... 

Mark Roberts: MDM research's impact on practice & lives

MEDICAL DECISION MAKING - Mark Roberts recently published a thoughtful essay in Medical Decision Making reflecting on one of his early papers and its impact on physicians and their patients. 

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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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Parker elected Hastings Center fellow 

Parker elected Hastings Center fellow

PITTWIRE - HUGEN's Lisa Parker was recently elected fellow to The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars studying ethical questions in medicine, science and technology that help inform policy, practice and public understanding. Parker, along with Robert Arnold o... (02/05/2020)


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Telemedicine is booming — but Roberts says many still face huge barriers to virtual care 

Telemedicine is booming — but Roberts says many still face huge barriers to virtual care

STAT - “The temporary reform due to Covid allowed telemedicine visits from a patient’s home, but it presumed that patients had access to the technology to engage in those visits,” said HPM’s Eric Roberts, paper co-author. “We’re showing that there’s a substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries wh... (08/05/2020)