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Congratulations Don Jones!

Don Jones has accepted a position as Project Manager at AHN Revenue Cycle. 

Scott Becker Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-2017

HPM is pleased to announce that Scott Becker, CEO, Conemaugh Health System (bio attached) will be the Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-20 

BCHS Doctoral Student Doing Research in Brazil this Summer

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Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann's research is titled "The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A study with low income community dwelling seniors in Brazil." 

Funding opportunities for Year of Diversity announced by Provost's Office

Provost Beeson announces matching funds of up to $ 5000 to support lectures, workshops, and other events as part of lively year of student, faculty, and staff discussions around the topic of diversity. Apply online at pitt.edu/year-of-diversity . 

Older adults addressing obesity in Pitt research study

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE -  “The goal (of Pitt’s MOVE UP study) is for people to lose weight in as healthy a way a possible. So it’s not simply about not eating — It’s about a healthy lifestyle,” said Anne Newman , an epidemiologist who is director of Pitt’s Center for Aging and Population Health and principal investigator for the study. “Studies that have been done on weight management over the long term have shown [there to be] good health an... 

Edward Gregg, PhD (EPI ’96), awarded ADA 2016 Kelly West Award

For his extensive dedication to the field of diabetes epidemiology,  Edward Gregg,  PhD  (EPI ’96) , was recognized by the American Diabetes Association as their 2016 Kelly West Award recipient. Given in memory of Kelly West, widely regarded as the “father of diabetes epidemiology,” this award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field. Gregg is currently Chief of the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch in the Div... 

Martha Terry on Faculty Giving

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“I donated because I wanted my students to have a really good learning experience here. The space does matter.” - Martha Terry, Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences  

Bernie Goldstein on Faculty Giving

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“Now is the time that we can make a difference. Now is the time that we need all faculty to come on board.” - Bernie Goldstein, Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health  

Graduating This Year? Here’s Where to Move

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BLOOMBERG - You did it! Now, where to next? Pittsburgh’s sounding awfully nice. The Steel City comes in first place on the new Graduate Opportunity Index . Compiled by Trulia in partnership with LinkedIn, the index rates “40 of America’s strongest job markets based on what they have to offer recent college grads.” Three equally weighted factors go into each metro area’s score on the index: the share of entry-level job openings for recent grad... 

Massoudi Receives Alumni Award for Practice

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Mehran Massoudi (EPI '92, '93) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 20, 2016, at the Alumni Awards dinner. 

Slaugenhaupt, Recipient of Alumni Award for Research

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Susan Slaugenhaupt (HUGEN '88, '91) was honored with the Alumni Award for Research on May 20, 2016, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dorman Recognized with the 2016 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Janice Scully Dorman (HUGEN '81, EPI '83) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Blackwood Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

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Michael Blackwood (HPM '80) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dorsey Honored with Early Career Excellence Award

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Rashida R. Dorsey (BCHS '06) was recognized with the Early Career Excellence Award on May 20, 2016, at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner. 

Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society at 2016 ceremony

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Four alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health's Omicron Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society during the 2016 Alumni Awards dinner. - Andrew Althouse (EPI '13) - Gwendolyn Haile Cattledge (EPI '89) - Mary H. Huynh (EPI '03) - Christina Louise Wilds (BCHS '97, '06)  

Lisa Bodnar selected to serve on federal panel shaping pregnancy diet and health guidelines

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For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include comprehensive advice for pregnant women.To shape that guidance, the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health & Human Services are turning to a panel of experts that includes Lisa Bodnar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., associate professor in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology.The panel will provide a... 

Public health class advises how to intervene in the opioid epidemic

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - When agent Brian Dempsey of the local Drug Enforcement Agency office made his first visit to Pitt’s Law in Public Health Practice course in mid-semester, he told the students that Pittsburgh is now one of the epicenters of the heroin epidemic — and that the “feeder system” of prescription opioid pain medications is to blame. Under the guidance of Elizabeth Van Nostrand , director of the school’s JD/MPH program and ... 

Pitt teaming up with Brazil's health ministry on Zika research

Reacting to “an emerging human disaster,” the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will match a $200,000 private donation in efforts to raise $1 million for a research collaboration with a Brazilian counterpart to address the Zika virus epidemic. …  

Pitt launches Cura Zika to provide fast cash to researchers

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health launched Cura Zika on Thursday, in collaboration with a Latin American Health organization, to provide fast funding to researchers working to treat and prevent the virus. …  

Pitt Researchers Partner With Brazilian Government On Zika Research

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is stepping up its efforts to learn about the Zika virus, which has been linked to an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil and other parts of Latin America. … 

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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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Steroids can save lives among COVID-19 patients, UPMC and Pitt researchers say 

Steroids can save lives among COVID-19 patients, UPMC and Pitt researchers say

NPR – Pitt Medical Center’s Derek Angus (BCHS ’92) said that while some worried that steroids could also prevent the body from fighting off the coronavirus, all the coordinated studies reached the same conclusion, which is, I guess we have to stop our trials. It is reassuring that we can get random... (09/02/2020)