OBOC 2018-19


Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book.
Share an Experience.

Shared experiences draw people together. That is why we are continuing the One Book, One Community (OBOC) program for its 10th year. Everyone in the school is invited to join together in reading and discussing Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.

Selecting this Year’s Book: From the Dean

"Evicted by Matthew Desmond describes the plight of poor families who, for want of a few dollars, are forced to move from their homes, apartments, or trailers. An ethnographer, Desmond shares the intimate vicissitudes of his subject / friends as they struggle to make ends meet while negotiating a bewildering system of slumlords, public agencies, law enforcement, and courts, a system that seems almost designed to reinforce a downward spiral of poverty. The consequences of eviction are especially felt by mothers with young children, whose development is jeopardized by substandard housing, low quality neighborhoods, and poor nutrition. 

"Social factors are well known to be paramount determinants of health and well-being, and Evicted heartbreakingly illuminates how poverty and lack of housing affect families and communities. America’s health compares poorly to other economically developed counties. Everyone interested in improving public health should read Evicted to better understand poverty, housing, and health.”

The book has been a New York Times best seller, won a Pulitzer Prize, and was on Bill Gates’s summer reading list in 2017

OBOC 2019 Main Event: "Close to Home: Street Medicine" with founder James Withers on 3/28

 One Book One Community, the Global Health Student Association, and the Center for Global Health present the powerful 30-minute documentary Close to Home: Street Medicine which shares voices of service providers and oft-forgotten homeless patients in our region. Catch the film and hear directly from:

  • Jim Withers, founder and medical director of Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net® and the Street Medicine Institute.
  • Matt Lewis, producer and videographer of Close to Home, co-produced by PBS 39 and the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Check out the @PittPubicHealth on Instagram to enter & win a free copy of Evicted.

 

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Read-Along Program

Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with the school’s students and faculty by participating in the second read-along program. Read Evicted and participate in live and virtual events and discussions. Read more...

WHERE TO GET THE BOOK

Get 10 percent off at the University Store on Fifth (with Pitt ID).

Also available at Pitt's Hillman LibraryFalk Library (HSLS), and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Questions?

With questions about OBOC, or to suggest an event, contact Kimmy Rehak, educational programs specialist.

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In The News

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OBOC author: I helped expose the lead crisis in Flint. Here's what other cities should do. 

OBOC author: I helped expose the lead crisis in Flint. Here's what other cities should do.

THE NEW YORK TIMES - Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, explains how persistence, activism, teamwork, and science prevailed when the powers-that-be tried to silence her research when she found lead in the blood of Flin... (08/28/2019)
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Water Safety and Lead Regulation: Physicians' Community Health Responsibilities  

Water Safety and Lead Regulation: Physicians' Community Health Responsibilities

AMA JOURNAL OF ETHICS - This article reviews the regulation of lead in drinking water, highlighting its epidemiological, engineering, and ethical aspects with a focus on the Flint water crisis. Discussing water quality policy and its implimentation with a focus on lead contamination of water, prima... (08/24/2019)
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The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond - resources from APHA 

The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond - resources from APHA

Recordings and slides from a three-part webinar series on lead and public health from the American Public Health Association. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan has raised public health concerns about lead exposure, the U.S. water supply infrastructure, and the autority to enforce safe an... (08/24/2019)
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Summer reads from The Nation's Health 

Summer reads from The Nation's Health

THE NATION'S HEALTH - With summer’s arrival, it’s time to find a quiet beach, a shady grove, a comfortable corner on an inviting porch and relax with a good book. But which one? That’s where we can help.  The Nation’s Health  editors have searched online and brick-and-mortar book sellers to come up... (08/19/2019)
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Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health 

Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health

We have a lot on our summer "To Be Read" pile, particularly titles we're considering for our next One Book, One Community program. Read about the program at publichealth.pitt.edu/oboc and check out Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you're reading and what you think would make a good OBOC s... (08/05/2019)
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Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program 

Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program

It's that time again. Submit your suggestions for next year's One Book, One Community title. We want to hear from you on this initiative that has encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and friends through reading a shared book with a public health theme.  (08/05/2019)
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Housing remains a major social determinant of health 

Housing remains a major social determinant of health

While we are wrapping up our year with Matthew Desmond's Evicted as our One Book, One Community selection, housing remains a major social determinant of health. We don't stop studying, researching, or solving the problems highlighted by past programs. For the latest on housing, check out a recent e... (07/08/2019)
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As affordable housing crisis grows, HUD sits on the sidelines 

As affordable housing crisis grows, HUD sits on the sidelines

NEW YORK TIMES - The country is in the grips of an escalating housing affordability crisis. Millions of low-income Americans are paying 70 percent or more of their incomes for shelter, while rents continue to rise and construction of affordable rental apartments lags far behind the need. Ben Carson... (08/06/2018)