One Book, One Community


Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book.
Share an Experience.

Shared experiences draw people together. That is why we are continuing the One Book, One Community (OBOC) program for its 11th year. Everyone in the school is invited to join together in reading and discussing a shared book.

Our book selection for 2019-20 to be announced soon! 

In the meantime, check out the OBOC and Pitt Public Health Facebook pages and Instragram to see what people around the school are reading.

What Should We Read Next?

OBOC book stack

Have ideas for next year? 
Suggest a Book

Questions?

With questions about OBOC, or to suggest an event, contact Kimmy Rehak, educational programs specialist.

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In The News

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Housing remains a major social determinant of health 

Housing remains a major social determinant of health

While we are wrapping up our year with Matthew Desmond's Evicted as our One Book, One Community selection, housing remains a major social determinant of health. We don't stop studying, researching, or solving the problems highlighted by past programs. For the latest on housing, check out a recent e... (07/08/2019)
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As affordable housing crisis grows, HUD sits on the sidelines 

As affordable housing crisis grows, HUD sits on the sidelines

NEW YORK TIMES - The country is in the grips of an escalating housing affordability crisis. Millions of low-income Americans are paying 70 percent or more of their incomes for shelter, while rents continue to rise and construction of affordable rental apartments lags far behind the need. Ben Carson... (08/06/2018)
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Pittsburgh task force takes on issue of landlords turning away renters with convictions 

Pittsburgh task force takes on issue of landlords turning away renters with convictions

PUBLIC SOURCE - As housing prices and rents rise in the Pittsburgh region, residents with convictions are often denied housing they can afford. Discrimination against people who have been incarcerated or have any marks on their rap sheet is one of several barriers the region’s fair housing task for... (08/06/2018)
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Why Boston Medical Center is investing in housing 

Why Boston Medical Center is investing in housing

WBUR - "It makes me feel comfortable about myself," says Chuck Gyukeri, "that I'm able to come in and out of my own home. And I’m getting my health issues together. "Gyukeri's apartment is in one of four brownstones on Waldeck Street — 35 units that came close to losing their affordable status.  (08/06/2018)
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The state of the nation's housing 2018 

The state of the nation's housing 2018

HOW HOUSING MATTERS - The national homeownership rate rose in 2017 for the first time in 13 years. Other housing trends include enduring constraints on the single-family market, racial disparities in neighborhood poverty levels, lagging household growth, trade-offs between housing, etc.  (08/06/2018)
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Study: 40 percent of Pa. households struggle to make ends meet 

Study: 40 percent of Pa. households struggle to make ends meet

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - According to a United Way study, more than 40 percent of Pennsylvania households can’t afford basic household necessities. While 12.3 percent fit the government’s definition of poverty, an additional 29.4 percent fall into the ALICE category: people who clear the poverty l... (08/06/2018)
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Why eviction rates in Hampton Roads are among the worst in the United States 

Why eviction rates in Hampton Roads are among the worst in the United States

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT - Hampton Roads is among the worst areas in the nation for evictions of rental tenants according to new data on court-ordered evictions. All of the region’s cities in 2016 saw judges order tenants out of their homes at least three times the average national rate.  (08/06/2018)
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First-ever evictions database shows: 'We're in the middle of a housing crisis' 

First-ever evictions database shows: 'We're in the middle of a housing crisis'

NPR - For many poor families in America, eviction is a real and ongoing threat. Sociologist Matthew Desmond, author of this year's One Book, One Community selection, estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute. "Eviction isn't just a condition o... (08/06/2018)