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Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk

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.  

Herbert Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

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

Falls Among Pennsylvania Elderly Reduced by State Program

A low-cost program reduced falls in the elderly by 17 percent statewide, illustrating the value and effectiveness of using existing aging services, such as senior centers, in preventing falls, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study determined. 

Pitt Public Health Graduate Named Deputy Director

The Allegheny County Health Department today announced the appointment of Roderick L. Harris, DrPH, as Deputy Director of Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  

Jessica Burke Featured in Pitt Public Health Magazine

Check out Jessica Burke in Pitt Public Health Magazine. 

Pieces sought in black/HIV puzzle

Dr. Ronald Stall, together with the Center for Black Equity in Washington, "landed a $3.2 million grant through the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health to answer the question and help put the brakes on the national epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus and the deadly disease that HIV causes -- acquired immune deficiency syndrome, known as AIDS." 

Heinz Endowments grant to give infants a fighting chance

Dr. Patricia I. Documet, Scientific Director of the Center for Health Equity, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about infant mortality rates and persistent health disparities in Allegheny County. 

LGBT health inequity persists; NIH research lags

Robert Coulter, a doctoral student in the department, had an important paper published in the American Journal of Public Health: "Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations." 

Low National Funding for LGBT Health Research Contributes to Inequities, Pitt-led Analysis Finds

Only one-half of 1 percent of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 1989 and 2011 concerned the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, contributing to the perpetuation of health inequities, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis. 

Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies

BCHS faculty member, Dr. Jessica Burke, co-authored a paper, entitled “Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies” which uses conceptual agent based modeling to explore the impact of neighborhood interventions on community crime.   

BCHS October News Highlights


Dr. Ron Stall Interviewed on Essential Pittsburgh Radio (WESA 90.5 FM) regarding the latest research in LGBTQ Health Issues.

An interview with our very own Ron Stall, PhD will be aired on Essential Pittsburgh Radio (WESA 90.5) at 12pm and 8pm today. The topic is LGBT Health, benefits for same sex couples, and the latest research being done to understand LGBTQ health issues. 

The City Paper features the University of Pittsburgh Center for LGBT Health

The University of Pittsburgh Center for LGBT Health has been featured in the July 10, 2013 issue of Pittsburgh City Paper. 

First Malaysian to be granted prestigious fellowship!

Dr. Howie (Sin How) Lim, (PhD in epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh), has become the first Malaysian to be granted the prestigious IAS-NIDA fellowship for his research on linking substance abuse and sexual risk-taking in MSM via innovative technologies. 

PCOR, CER, and CBPR: Alphabet Soup or Complementary Fields of Health Research

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