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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. 

'BCHS Faculty chosen for NIDA-funded HIV research ethics fellowship

This program includes a 10-day intensive training in HIV research ethics in New York City by world-renown scholars, pilot award funding and individual one-on-one mentorship for a specified research project relating to HIV research ethics over the next two years. 

Congratulations to the Dean's Day 2011 Prize Winners

GSPH's Annual Dean's Day student research competition was founded in 1999 by Dean Herbert Rosenkranz as a vehicle for students to share their research and as a GSPH community event to recognize and award their superior research and practice. The 13th annual Dean's Day was held on April 7-8, 2011. Following are the prize-winning presentations for BCHS. 

BCHS Student chosen for prestigious NCI Internship

Kara Golya, an MPH candidate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Health Communications Internship  within their Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM).  

Global Health Exhibit Coming to Falk Library

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health , a traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine, is coming to Falk Library January 16, 2012, through February 25, 2012.   

Dr. Steven M. Albert Appointed as Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Dr. Steven M. Albert has been appointed Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health. 

BCHS Doctoral Student Receives Award

Tina Bhargava, a BCHS doctoral student  was recently awarded the Amy Roberts Health Promotion Research Award for 2011 from the Magee-Womens Research Institute . Tina will use the $5,000 award to support her dissertation research, titled: “ The Effects of Cognitive Interference on Engagement in and Success with a Weight Loss Program”. 

Dr. Chongyi Wei To Receive the New Investigator's Scholarship Award

Dr. Chongyi Wei has received the New Investigator's Scholarship Award to present his abstract entitled "Reasons for Unprotected Sex among Mem Who Have Sex with Men: An Event-Level Analysis"  at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference. 

Martha Ann Terry Receives the 2011 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching

Martha Ann Terry, Ma, PhD, assistant professor of behavioral and community health sciences and director of the GSPH Master of Public Health Program, has been awarded the 2011 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence for her exceptional service in mentoring GSPH students. Established by GSPH alumnus James L. Craig, MD, MPH ’63, this award recognizes GSPH faculty who have excelled in the teaching and mentoring of students. Craig awardees are no... 

BCHS Doctoral Student Receives Silverman Scholarship

Thistle Elias, a BCHS doctoral student, has received the Silverman Scholarship for 2011.  This scholarship was established to support a doctoral student with the Department of Behavioral and Communitiy Health Sciences in their degree studies.  Her hope is that this work will not only contribute to the broader field of public health, but assist local and other organizations in their advocacy and intervention efforts on behalf of children, ultimate... 

Dr. Ron Stall Among HIV/AIDS Experts Interviewed at International AIDS Society Conference

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BCHS Receives $1.5 Million to Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults

$1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) will explore the effectiveness of programs to prevent falls in seniors, which occur in more than one-third of adults 65 and older every year in the United States. Led by principal investigator Steven M. Albert, Ph.D. , professor of behavioral and community health sciences at GSPH, in collaborat... 

Dr. Steven Albert and co-author, Dr. Vicki Freedman publish 2nd edition of Public Health and Aging

This new edition (Springer Publishing Company, 2010) updates the 2004 book with new chapters on the aging services network as a public health intervention, prevention of chronic disease and disability, and public health efforts for long-term care populations. 

BCHS faculty taking part in modeling core Computational Models of Infectious Disease Threats

BCHS faculty is well represented in the Dynamic Behavioral Modeling core of the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS Center of Excellence, Computational Models of Infectious Disease Threats.  

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