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The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Ray Grady, MHA, FACHE will be the MHA Executive-In-Residence (EIR) for AY 2014-2015.

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Ray Grady, MHA, FACHE will be the MHA Executive-In-Residence (EIR) for AY 2014-2015.  Please see his bio below. Ray Grady is a healthcare executive with extensive experience in the field of health care management. Ray has previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Aurora Healthcare; a 15 hospital integrated delivery system.  In that position he provided st... 

Five Pitt Public Health Faculty Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

Five members of the Pitt Public Health faculty have been included in the 2014 list of most highly cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences. The list, recognizing around 3,000 researchers worldwide, was compiled by Thomson Reuters.  

Pitt Study Finds Telephone Treatment of Depression After Cardiac Bypass Surgery Improves Outcomes, Saves Money

Screening for depression and then providing a telephone-delivered, nurse-led “collaborative care” intervention following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery not only improves health-related quality of life, physical functioning and mood symptoms, but also lowers medical costs and is highly cost-effective compared to doctors’ usual care, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  

Dr. Kaleab Abebe Presented With Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award

Dr. Kaleab Abebe was presented with one of two annual Chancellor's Affirmative Action Awards on behalf of CEED, a program that helps underrepresented groups pursue academic careers.  

The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2014 Fellows

 

Pittsburgh Epidemiologist honored as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was recently named a fellow with the Gerontological Society of America.  

Two BCHS postdoctoral fellows received University of Pittsburgh CTSI CEED awards for 2014-15.

The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program is designed for University of Pittsburgh faculty members and postdoctoral fellows who are from underrepresented minority groups. The goal of the program is to help trainees successfully compete for early career development awards by providing them with intensive training in grant writing, preparation of publications, mentoring, and development of leadership and... 

Sex Hormone Levels at Midlife Linked to Bad Cholesterol Carriers that Increase Heart Disease Risk in Women

As hormone levels change during the transition to menopause, the quality of a woman’s cholesterol carriers degrades, leaving her at greater risk for heart disease, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health discovered. 

Lowering Toxicity of New HIV Drugs Predicted to Improve Life Expectancy

While bringing new drugs to market is important for increasing life expectancy in younger people with HIV, lowering the toxicity of those drugs may have an even greater health impact on all HIV patients, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis reveals. 

Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk

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Over a long career, Chuck Christen, currently executive director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has managed research on environmental and community health topics from river water stewardship to air quality. But the heart of his mission, professionally and spiritually, is compassion and effective care for HIV-positive men, women, and youth in the region.  

Pitt Public Health Names First Katherine M. Detre Chair in Population Health Science

Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., has been selected as the first Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Science at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

Simple Change to Medicare Part D Would Yield $5 Billion in Savings, Pitt Public Health Finds

The federal government could save over $5 billion in the first year by changing the way the government assigns Part D plans for Medicare beneficiaries eligible for low-income subsidies, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

fitUnited Pittsburgh

fitUnited Pittsburgh is an exciting new initiative launched by The United Way of Allegheny County to improve the health of our children by mobilizing and motivating our community. Find out more at http://www.uwacfitunited.org.  

HPM Receives Full Re-accreditation

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to share the great news that the MHA Program has received full reaccreditation for seven years (the highest level) from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.  

Statistician of the Year Abdus Wahed Profiled in the Tribune Review

Department of Biostatistics faculty member and recent Statistician of the Year award winner Abdus Wahed was recently recognized as a Newsmaker by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  

Department Members Participate in Women in Statistics Conference

Department of Biostatistics faculty members Ying Ding, Ruosha Li, and Sally Morton; and students Qing Liu and Yi Ren attended the first Women in Statistics conference in Raleigh, NC May 15 – 17.   

Ott Receives Dean's Special Achievement Award for Service to the Profession

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On May 17, 2014, Susan Ott (HPM ’76) was honored with the Dean's Special Achievement Award for Service to the Profession at the annual Pitt Public Health  Alumni Awards dinner.  

Herbert Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

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Mary Herbert (BCHS '05) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Clise Recognized with Alumni Award for Practice

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James Clise (EOH ’63) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 17, 2014, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research

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Karen Cruickshanks (EPI ’87) was honored with the 2014 Alumni Award for Research on May 17 at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

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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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Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities 

Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities

NEWSWEEK - Pittsburgh has been named one of the world’s smartest cities, as part of Newsweek’s 2019 Momentum Awards. Pittsburgh has undergone a dramatic environmental and technological transformation over recent years, earning its reputation as one of America's "most livable" cities, ranks among th... (01/08/2020)


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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)