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Students honor Rohrer with standing ovation - and the Craig Teaching Award

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In a spontaneous and touching gesture, HPM students leapt up to honor WESLEY ROHRER with a standing ovation when he was called to the podium to accept the Craig Teaching Award at the 2017 Pitt Public Health Convocation on Sunday. Presented annually to a nominee selected by students and past honorees, this award for faculty excellence in teaching and mentoring was established by alumnus James L. Craig, MD, (MPH '63). Rohrer serves as the director ... 

PHDL helps city prepare for severe air quality incidents using predictive analytics technology

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JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - “In this scenario, we are using FRED to estimate the clinical impact of heat and smog on different demographics within our population,” said MARK ROBERTS, HPM chair and director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL). “FRED allows us to pinpoint critical conditions and the effect of potential interventions to better educate response efforts. For example, we can use the model to predict how many ins... 

Gellad comments on the hype of cancer cure claims

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CNN - Hyping early scientific results based on lab tests or animal studies can attract investors that allow researchers to continue their work. "It's in the interest of almost every stakeholder in the health system to be optimistic about these therapies," said HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Can FRED's predictive analytics help avert Pittsburgh's next disaster?

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GOVTECH - Officials are hoping the technology can tip them off to early warning signs of an event like the deadly smog that took 20 lives in nearby Donora more than a half-century ago. At a Pittsburgh emergency preparedness workshop in mid-April, Pitt Public Health showcased an online tool that uses public health data to simulate the spread of infection across populations within a specific geography. The system, FRED (short for a Framework for Re... 

Hear HPM's Gellad interview about President Trump's actual power when it comes to drug pricing

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MPR NEWS - Before he was elected, Donald Trump promised to take on big pharma lobbyists and the prescription drug price-fixing he claimed consumers were paying the price for. But what — if anything — can he do now that he's president? Minnesota Public Radio News host Kerri Miller talked with HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing about drug pricing and what changes we may see to rising drug cost... 

Pitt mourns passing of Nathan Hershey, retired HPM faculty member and health law pioneer

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Health law pioneer and former pillar of the Pitt Public Health faculty, NATHAN (Nat) HERSHEY died on Saturday evening (4/15/17) due to complications from a fall. Nat was an irresistible champion for justice and equity and played an integral role in creating the field of health law, which regulates what is now the nation’s largest industry. 

FRED modeling will help Allegheny County target heart disease interventions

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With the data, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Health is using its platform, the Framework for Reconstructing Epidemic Dynamics (FRED), to “model how different census tracts look with regard to different cardiovascular risk factors as well as outcomes in terms of mortality,” ACHD director and HPM faculty KAREN HACKER said. “Then we’re going to look to see if any of these social determinants may actually contribute to the differenc... 

HPM's Gellad weighs in on how many pills are too many

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NEW YORK TIMES - The idea of dropping unnecessary medications started cropping up in the medical literature a decade ago. In recent years, evidence has mounted about the dangers of taking multiple, perhaps unnecessary, medications. To reduce the chances of adverse drug effects, patients can play an important role in medication “deprescribing.” HPM's WALID GELLAD advises that at every visit with a doctor, “patients should ask, ‘Are there any medic... 

HPM's Zhang shows ACO reduces medical costs

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Medicare beneficiaries with Part D prescription coverage with six or more chronic conditions who were connected to an ACO had the highest savings on medical costs — $966 per patient in 2012, said lead author HPM's YUTING ZHANG upon releasing findings. “This is encouraging because it demonstrates that ACO providers may be prioritizing their focus on beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.” 

Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On Tuesday, Jennifer Silva, an assistant professor of sociology at Bucknell University, will share her research tales at Pitt Public Health's “One Book, One Community” lecture. Among the questions Silva is trying to answer in her research: What happens when people feel left behind? Who do they blame? And if they can't rely on getting a job to have a good life, how do they create a life that is meaningful? 

HPM's Donohue and Angus comment on drug shortage ties to increased deaths

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REUTERS - In an editorial accompanying this new study, HPM's JULIE DONOHUE and DEREK ANGUS suggest five broad solutions to drug shortages, including early warning systems, rapid changes to professional guidelines about drug alternatives, and expanded stockpiles of drugs. Some of these approaches would "require major restructuring of the industry and its regulation," they write. 

Congratulations on job placements for April HPM graduates!

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Congratulations to several  HPM students on their recent job placements, including MPH candidate JARED GARFIELD (HPM '17), and MHA candidates DANIELLE CEREP (HPM '17), SARAH MILLER (HPM '17), and MATT BAUER (HPM '17).    

HPM blogger Jarlenski explores political correlations within ACA Medicaid expansion

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MEDICAL CARE BLOG - Contributor and HPM assistant prof, MARIAN JARLENSKI, says the future of federal and state Medicaid policy will personally impact the 74 million people now covered through their states’ programs, including the 14.6 million who have gained coverage under the ACA expansion. Has there been a correlation between state-level changes in insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion and states’ political ideology or presidential voting... 

Lilly takes a stab at pricing transparency, but is it enough of the right data?

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STAT News --  “There are discounts that reduce the price of a drug for everyone and there are rebates that do not reduce prices for everyone. But if a wholesaler does not pass along discounts, then these may not be reducing the overall cost of the medicine, and that’s confusing.” said HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing.  

Health reform proposal could threaten long-term care, HPM researchers say

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TRIBLIVE.COM - HPM's EVERETTE JAMES and WALID GELLAD, along with graduate student researcher MEREDITH HUGHES, posted an analysis of the issues on a blog for the journal Health Affairs. Said Hughes, “I don't think it's something that people think of as something that they might need,” Hughes said of long-term care. “A lot of people are aware of health insurance and the issue of going to the doctor, but for most people this is not something that's ... 

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