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10 Cities that Give you the Best Bang for your Buck

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FORBES - In a look at the cities with the best cost/benefit, Forbes magazine cites Pittsburgh's low cost of living (-4% below national average) and median household income of $52, 293.    

Pitt researchers taking new approach on opioid epidemic

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Christina Mair has a question: What causes addiction? Studying alcohol and marijuana use in California, Ms. Mair focused on the social determinants that might lead to dependency. While genetics play a role, she learned, it’s often environmental factors that lead a user to take his first hit (or sip). Everything from a community’s demographics to the presence of liquor stores on its streets can impact levels of addictio... 

Birmingham Free Clinic Community Fellowship Application

Now accepting applications for Fellowships for the Fall Session. Applications due July 29, 2015 by 5:00 pm 

Recent Cancer Patient Urges HPV Vaccine for All Children

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Dr. Steve Wilson, a pathologist in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, discusses how he discovered his human papillomavirus-linked throat cancer, and the treatment he received at the UPMC CancerCenter. Even though the Allegheny County Board of Health’s HPV vaccine requirement did not passed, Dr. Wilson and the UPMC CancerCenter urge parents to get their children vaccinated by middle school to prevent this devastating cancer. 

Explaining the Importance of Vaccinating Children for HPV Virus

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To show support of the Allegheny County Board of Health’s vote on whether to mandate the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, UPMC oncologists this week held a press briefing to share facts about the lifesaving vaccine. UPMC’s experts explained the importance of vaccinating children to protect against HPV-related cancers, including cervical, oropharyngeal and cancers of other reproductive organs. The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective in p... 

amFAR/Pitt Scholars Study HIV Health Disparities

The current cohort of amfAR fellows, who hail from Paraguay, South Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil, are developing public health responses to HIV health disparities.  

15 best cities in the U.S. for apartment living

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APARTMENT ADVISOR - Pittsburgh, the famed “Steel City”, boasts a thriving downtown area that’s home to retirees, millennials, families, and all sorts of different folks who revel in its green spaces, riverfront trails, professional sports, and affordable and booming apartment housing. The pride people feel for living in Pittsburgh is palpable throughout the city, and this town really shines when fans are rooting loudly for the Steelers, Penguins,... 

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. 

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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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The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost? Burke weighs in 

The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost? Burke weighs in

WASHINGTON POST - The pandemic has upended norms of the scientific process, from the way studies are funded through the publication of findings. As a result, modelers, like other scientists, have been scrambling to fund and ramp up their operations. The upshot is a lack of agility that has always h... (10/22/2020)