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#ItsGoodToGive: Kate Fletcher

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE profiles Pitt Public Health alumna Kate Fletcher (HSA ‘80) as part of the #ItsGoodToGive series. After serving as a nun, primary school teacher, nursing home manager, and then adjunct professor, Fletcher decided at age 64 to follow destiny’s call to Kenya. In response to the plight of millions of orphans in sub-Sahara Africa, she has dedicated the last 14 years to establishing Hekima Place, a children’s home in Kenya f... 

The OjO Latino Photo-project: What does it mean to be Latino in Pittsburgh?

What does it mean to be Latino in Pittsburgh? Through the OjO Latino  project, twelve Latino community members will explore answers through photography and collective discussion highlighting the daily struggles, fears, and desires of immigrants in Pittsburgh. 

Donald S. Burke addresses "Forecasting the opioid epidemic" in Science

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SCIENCE - Since 2000, almost half a million Americans have died from drug overdoses. This modern plague—largely driven by opioid addiction—degrades health, saps productivity, spawns crime, and devastates families, all at enormous societal cost. How did we get here, and what do we do now? Dean Donald S. Burke , MD, of Pitt Public Health advocates in the November 4, 2016 issue of Science that "a new, public health–oriented approach is neede... 

Wendy King Receives Prestigious Award for Bariatric Surgery Research

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INSIDE UPMC - Wendy King, Ph.D., of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The award was recently presented at the group’s annual conference luncheon to recognize and honor a member who has made a significant and meaningful contribution to the Integrated Health Sciences Se... 

How Pitt Public Health Swayed Immunization Policy in California

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Richard Pan knew he faced an uphill battle last year when championing his controversial California Senate bill aimed to ensure more children received immunizations. In order to get the bill passed, he had to find a way to help his fellow senators understand why immunizing individual children was good for everyone – and vital to their constituencies. “For lay people, the concept of community immunity – herd immunity – is a hard one,” said Pan, w... 

Pitt Public Health alumnus Bennet Omalu discusses 'Concussion' in Thrival festival appearance

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - In a Thrival festival appearance, Pitt Public Health alumnus Bennet Omalu (EPI '04) had zero interest in football in 2002, when Mike Webster’s body arrived at the Allegheny County coroner’s office. So why was Omalu the one who discovered what was wrong with former Pittsburgh Steeler?In a speech that was at times motivational and even emotional, Omalu encouraged audience members to embrace their individuality, discussed... 

University appoints Jane Cauley to rank of distinguished professor

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - The University has honored Jane Cauley , Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, appointing her as distinguished professor. The Distinguished Professor designation honors extraordinary internationally recognized scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field. By nature of their appointment, distinguished professors are expected to make special contributions to the intellectual advancement... 

Pitt Researchers Address Opioid Overdose as Leading Cause of Death in PA

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Dr. Donald S. Burke , dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, discusses how behaviors of substance abuse are transmitted from person to person, similar to an infectious disease. His primary concern is the number of lives lost due to accidental overdose mortality rates, which is now the main cause of death in Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania is in the midst of a drug over... 

Pitt’s Cura Zika Projects Focus On Disease Development, Detection And Vaccines

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WESA-FM - The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has announced the recipients of the first round of funding for its Cura Zika initiative. Six research projects that interrogate three different approaches were chosen to receive the $400,000 in funding. Two researchers are looking at ways to diagnose the virus, two are trying to understand how the virus causes disease, and two are pursuing vaccine technologies.  

HOPE MULTIPLIED - David de la Cruz in Liberia fighting the largest Ebola outbreak in history

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PITT MAGAZINE - In fall 2014, President Barack Obama activated the USPHS Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of public health officers. He called David de la Cruz (BCHS '91), a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and other Corps volunteers to be "hope multipliers" in Liberia, where the country was being ravaged by the West African Ebola outbreak. More than 10,000 people became infected in Liberia alone. Assigned as the deputy officer... 

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