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2 BCHS Students win Rycheck Award!

The Rycheck Award gives $500 to promising students pursuing an MPH degree and who are committed to the practice of public health.  

'Health Across the Lifespan: Allegheny County 2012

Health Across the Lifespan: Allegheny County 2012.  Click here for link to the video of this conference. 

BCHS Facebook Page is Now Active

BCHS now has an active facebook page.  Please click on the above icon for the link and feel free to post any news concerning the department or comments you would like to share with fellow students. 

Allegheny County: The State of Our Health

On Dec. 3, medical researchers from across the region gathered at the University of Pittsburgh for a conference entitled "Health Across the Lifespan: Allegheny County 2012." The goal of the conference was to discuss the state of the health of Allegheny County residents.    BCHS Associate Professor Jessica Burke discussed the racial disparities in birth outcomes in the region and her approach to research with City Paper .  

American Foundation for AIDS Research Training Program

Four scholars from Lebanon, Vietnam, South Africa and China will be arriving next month to participate in "A Training Program for Research Among MSM in Developing World Settings" from January to May 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Ron Stall. This grant is funded by the American Foundation for AIDS Research to support an international scholar initiative that will not only conduct ground-breaking work in HIV risk among MSM, but also support... 

Donna Almario Doebler, DrPH, MS, MPH, Visiting Assistant Professor in BCHS, has been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth's Public Health Systems Research

Donna Almario Doebler, DrPH, MS, MPH, Visiting Assistant Professor in BCHS, has been recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth’s Public Health Systems Research  (PHSR) Interest Group (IG). Public Health Systems Research is the emerging discipline that examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services and the impact of these activities on population health. PHSR IG is the organization’s larg... 

Professor Ron Stall to give the Developmental Center for AIDS Research Lecture in Honor of World AIDS day

Professor Ron Stall will give the Developmental Center for AIDS Research lecture in Honor of World AIDS day at the University of Chicago on December 3rd. His talk will address the the responses to AIDS among MSM at the start of the fourth decade of the epidemic. The lecture will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and is open to the general public. 

Professor Steve Albert's commentary advocating for the use of agent-based modeling to examine the mechanisms linking community context to health outcomes was recently accepted for publication in Preventive Medicine

According to Dr. Albert, multilevel models are limited in their ability to test pathways and identify mediators of individual-community associations. We need more flexible analytic tools that can take into account mediation, multi-directional causation, and nonlinear relations... 

Associate Professor Jessica Burke is co-author on a chapter in the recently published "Community Development in the Steel City: Democracy, Justice and Power in Pittsburgh" edited by Akwugo Emejulu

'The chapter builds on work between the Community Human Services Corporation and the University of Pittsburgh and offers a practical example of how community-based organizations can work together with universities to democratize the research process while simultaneously developing better strategies for tackling key social problems. 

BCHS Faculty presented their research at the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA) conference held in Pittsburgh and the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting held in San Francisco.

At the PPHA conference, Dr. Jeanette Trauth and doctoral student Elian Rosenfeld along with their community partner, Consumer Health Coalition, shared their work titled: Reducing Hospital Readmissions by Improving Health Literacy among Elderly and Caregivers. 

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) recently established the BCHS Concept Mapping Institute

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) recently established the BCHS Concept Mapping Institute and became a designated concept mapping center of practice by the Concept Systems Centers of Practice (CS COP) Program. Concept mapping is a participatory, mixed method research approach that yields a conceptual framework for how a group views a particular topic or aspect of a topic... 

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership announces its 2013 Exemplary Leader Aaward.

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to announce that Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will receive the 2013 Exemplary Leader Award . 

SOPHAS Virtual Fair!

Tues and Wed 8am-10pm chat with faculty and student services representatives about Pitt Public Health. http://www.sophas.careereco.net/  

Helping Hospitals Address Community Health Needs: A Collaboration Between the Center for Public Health Practice and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

The Graduate School of Public Health is committed to improving the health of Pennsylvanians. A team of GSPH public health experts, including Drs. Albert, Burke, Doebler, Nolan and Ricci from BHCS, are available to work with hospitals and to help them comply with the requirements of community health under the new federal tax laws and make a difference in the health status of their service populations.   

BCHS Faculty have partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center health system to conduct community health needs assessments for their 13 hospitals in the region.

Recent changes to the IRS requirements of not-for-profit hospitals to maintain their tax exempt status include assessing and prioritizing community health needs, engaging the community, and implementing and evaluating each of the hospitals' community benefit programs. 

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