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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... 

Pitt Public Health Walking Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks

America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced Wednesday that Carol Reichbaum, M.S.L., M.S.P.A., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship. 

Pitt Public Health Nutritional Epidemiologist Selected to Serve on Federal Panel Shaping Pregnancy Diet and Health Guidelines

For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include comprehensive advice for pregnant women. 

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... 

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 . 

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