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Teagen O'Malley, MPH BCHS wrote this letter to the editor on behalf of the Pitt Public Health - Center for Health Equity's Community
Violence Prevention Project about the problem of gun related violence in Allegheny County.

Dr. Ronald Stall (BCHS) received a renewal of his amfAR grant to train community-based HIV scholars from developing countries. "The training program will help advocates ... gain important experience in collecting data to be used to advocate for the health of MSM, experience in collaborating with other advocates to develop studies on the health of MSM in multiple developing world settings and experience in grant-writing so that advocates will bring home skills to compete for funding support from international donors that will help make MSM health programs sustainable."

Dr. Mark Friedman (Co-I, BCHS), Dr. Elizabeth Miller (Co-I, School of Medicine), and Dr. Dorothy Espelage (PI, University of Illinois) were recently funded by the CDC to: 1) integrate two evidence-based interventions (Second Step + Shifting Boundaries) both of which are designed to prevent school-based violence, 2) infuse the program with gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors, and 3) include a major focus on LGBT violence. "We will test the efficacy of the new program through an RCT over 3 years in 28 Illinois middle schools by comparing the combined Second Step + Shifting Boundaries program with a gender-enhanced version with respect to bullying, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and teen dating violence among a large sample of 6th and 7th graders."

Dr. Christopher Keane (BCHS) just published a book entitled, Modeling Behavior in Complex Public Health Systems: Simulation and Games for Action and Evaluation which now available through Springer Publishing. Dr. Keane has also created a website to accompany the book at


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