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AWPH: Looking for Executive Board Members

The Association of Women in Public Health is looking for new board members for the 2015-2016 school year! Email awph@pitt.edu if interested in this leadership opportunity! 

Congratulations Alexandra Dulin!

Alexandra Dulin received the Asian Studies Center scholarship, she is doing public health research in Asia. Alex plans to conduct research on Thailand’s health system this summer. 

Pittsburgh: The coolest american city you haven’t been to

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Huffington Post - Infused with an authentic, indie-spirited vibrancy you don’t see much in cities anymore. In this era of homogenized cities, Pittsburgh is a breath of fresh air. It embraces its industrial past while simultaneously wrapping its strong arms around progressive green developments, an enlightened foodie reputation, and its birthright as one of America’s quirkiest cities. Here are eight reasons to check out Pittsburgh now: 

Landmark Trial Shows Early Blood Glucose Control Extends Lifespan in People with Type 1 Diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood glucose soon after diagnosis are likely to live longer than those who do not, a recent report led by a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigator revealed. 

Join PA SOPHE for $15 in 2015

PA SOPHE is a professional association made up of a diverse membership of health education professionals and students that are working, living, or attending school in Pennsylvania. 

Coupling Head and Neck Cancer Screening and Lung Cancer Scans Could Improve Early Detection, Survival

Adding head and neck cancer screenings to recommended lung cancer screenings would likely improve early detection and survival, according to a multidisciplinary team led by scientists affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), a partner with UPMC CancerCenter. 

Fellowship on Death and Dying (Jewish Healthcare Foundation)

The deadline for graduate students to apply for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Fellowship on "Death and Dying: the Elephant in the Room" has been extended to 1/15/15. 

Fellowship on Death and Dying (Jewish Healthcare Foundation)

The deadline for graduate students to apply for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Fellowship on "Death and Dying: the Elephant in the Room" has been extended to 1/15/15. 

Patricia Maryland (HPM '82)

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Alumna Patricia Maryland is president of health care operations and COO of Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health care system in the country that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. 

Diane Peterson (HPM '75)

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Diane Peterson, a member of Pitt Public Health’s Board of Visitors, recognizes the positive impact that her education in health administration has had on her career. Thanks to the Surma match, her gift will be valued at $50,000, giving her the opportunity to name a classroom in the renovated building. "I am proud to be an alumna of Pitt Public Health and to support the School as it grows. In order to recruit and retain outstanding faculty an... 

Win a Starbucks Gift Card! Tell Us About Your Honors

Students: provide information on awards or honors received in 2014 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/honorsconvo by December 15 and be entered to win one of two gift cards! 

Run for SGA Office!

SGA will soon hold elections for all officer positions. If you're interested in running, e-mail pph.sga@gmail.com before January 26 and describe why you should be elected.   

Special Epidemiology Seminar - Perspectives on Ebola

A special seminar on the Ebola Outbreak hosted by the Department of Epidemiology. 

Congratulations 2015 officers for HPMA

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce the election of the following 2015 officers for HPMA (the department’s student organization): • President Alexandra Dulin • Vice President Nikita Sharma • Secretary Deborah Backman • Treasurer William Beutler Also, the department thanks the 2014 officers, President Kola Omotade, Vice President Marques Moore, Secretary Ashley Oates and Treasurer Caitlin Thayer for their excellent ... 

Experts examine HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pittsburgh area

“It’s important to remember that the epidemic is not over and still growing in the United States and around the world,” said Linda Frank, director of the Pennsylvania MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center.Read the Post-Gazette article.  

Birmingham Free Clinic Community Health Fellowship

BHL is seeking spring Health Fellows. As a Fellow, you will provide social service resources to individuals, with an integrated focus on continuity, prevention and education.  

Congratulations Elizabeth Ferrell Bjerke!

In March, 2014 Elizabeth Bjerke was named as one of 10 Faculty Fellows through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's The Future of Public Health Law. 

Youngstown Ministry to Replicate Successful HIV/AIDS Housing Program

The Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, in Youngstown, Ohio, will replicate a successful program developed in Pittsburgh that improves adherence to HIV treatment by providing stable housing. 

Toys for Tots with SGA

Donate a new, unwrapped toy to help less fortunate children experience the joy of the holidays. Accepted through finals week. Donation bin located in the Office of Student Affairs. 

Program Improves Diabetes Control in World’s Poorest Children, Pitt Public Health Finds

A nonprofit program that brings diabetes care and education to some of the world’s poorest children has successfully improved control of the disease, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. It is the first scientific evidence to show that improvement in long-term blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes is possible in sub-Saharan African yout... 

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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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Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law 

Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law

PITT WIRE - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik. “Colorec... (01/28/2020)


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El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause 

El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - A marker for heart disease risk considerably worsens as women transition through menopause. Black women experience this accelerated decline earlier in menopause than their white counterparts. According EPI's Samar El Khoudary, the findings add to growing evidence that menopaus... (02/10/2020)
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Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law 

Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik... (02/04/2020)
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Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students 

Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Coaching Boys Into Men, a program that seeks to prevent dating violence and sexual assault, reduces abusive behaviors among middle school male athletes toward their female peers, according to clinical trial results published in JAMA Pediatrics. The trial, examining the short- ... (01/28/2020)