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Pitt Researchers Analyze Patterns of Prescribed Opioid Misuse

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Dr. Thomas Songer, assistant professor of epidemiology at the   University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , discusses his research on the opioid epidemic. His goal is to find a pattern or common trait among those who start out needing prescribed opioids, but then eventually need hospitalization for misusing them. This research will help policymakers develop legislation to stop that pattern from occurring in the future.  YouTube... 

Lisa Bodnar appointed new vice-chair for research

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Congratulations to  Lisa Bodnar , an associate professor of epidemiology, with tenure, on her appointment as vice-chair for research in the department of epidemiology.  

Experts Say The Presidential Candidates Will Probably Live A Long Time Because They’re Rich And Well Educated

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BUZZFEED - With less than two months to go in the presidential campaign, the conversation around the candidates’ health — and the public’s right to know and speculate on it — is at the forefront.... At 70, Donald Trump would be the oldest elected US president; Hillary Clinton, 68, would be the second oldest. But their age alone isn’t exactly a red flag. The current life expectancy for men and women aged 70 in the US is 84.4 and 86.6 respectively... 

1976 Biostatistics Alumni Return for Mini-reunion

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Biostatistics alumni from the class of 1976 Bill Brant, Jim Daley (pictured), and Steve Belle met-up at the school on September 9, 2016, for a mini-reunion... 

No Driver? Bring It On. How Pittsburgh Became Uber’s Testing Ground

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NEW YORK TIMES -  Any day now, Uber will introduce a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making this former steel town the world’s first city to let any passenger hail an autonomous vehicle.  

Wint Works to Understand Undeserved Population Health Needs

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Kristina Wint (BCHS '17) interned this summer at Community Human Services (CHS) in Oakland as part of the Bridging the Gaps program where Pitt Public Health students work directly with underserved populations to better understand their health needs.  

Scarpinato’s MHA Residency with Allegheny General Extended

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Mario "Mark" Scarpinato's (HPM '17) residency with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) was only supposed to last the summer, fulfilling the MHA program’s residency requirement; however, he has been asked to continue working at Allegheny General Hospital through the coming school year.  

Andrews Studies Diabetes in Rwanda

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Haylee Andrews (EPI '17) traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, over the summer to intern with Life for a Child (LFAC) under Professor Trevor Orchard.  

Rodriguez Serves on Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination Team

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Samantha Rodriguez (IDM '16) helped to plan, execute, and review the county’s Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program, as well as assisted with ORV distribution. 

Hemant Mahajan Assesses Hepatitis C Burden

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Hemant Mahajan (EPI '17) assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors. 

Neumann Studies Aging in Brazil

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Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann (BHCS '19) spent the summer studying in her home country of Brazil thanks to a grant she received from the 2015–16 CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grants for her project “The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A Study with Low-Income, Community-Dwelling Seniors in Brazil.”  

Lowery conducts West Nile Virus surveillance with ACHD

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Joel Lowery (IDM ’17) assisted the ACHD in conducting its annual surveillance of West Nile Virus (WNV) in order to make informed decisions on vector control related to mosquitoes. In addition to WNV, the team monitored Aedes albopictus , a possible mosquito vector for the Zika virus. Lowery was responsible for setting traps, entering data, and shipping samples to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for testing. He took awa... 

Pitt Researchers Address Opioid Overdose as Leading Cause of Death in PA

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Dr. Donald S. Burke , dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, discusses how behaviors of substance abuse are transmitted from person to person, similar to an infectious disease. His primary concern is the number of lives lost due to accidental overdose mortality rates, which is now the main cause of death in Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania is in the midst of a drug over... 

Pitt’s Cura Zika Projects Focus On Disease Development, Detection And Vaccines

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WESA-FM - The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has announced the recipients of the first round of funding for its Cura Zika initiative. Six research projects that interrogate three different approaches were chosen to receive the $400,000 in funding. Two researchers are looking at ways to diagnose the virus, two are trying to understand how the virus causes disease, and two are pursuing vaccine technologies.  

HOPE MULTIPLIED - David de la Cruz in Liberia fighting the largest Ebola outbreak in history

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PITT MAGAZINE - In fall 2014, President Barack Obama activated the USPHS Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of public health officers. He called David de la Cruz (BCHS '91), a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and other Corps volunteers to be "hope multipliers" in Liberia, where the country was being ravaged by the West African Ebola outbreak. More than 10,000 people became infected in Liberia alone. Assigned as the deputy officer... 

Marcus Poindexter featured in Pitt magazine for community service

PITT MAGAZINE Marcus Poindexter (BCHS '10, SOC WK '10) was recently recognized in Pitt magazine--and in a local ad campaign--for helping to strengthen communities and address signifi­cant societal challenges. "Poindexter is among the hundreds of Pitt social work students who  annually log the collective equivalent of $6 million in services to the Pittsburgh area." 

Pitt Studies How to Get Overdose Reversal Drug to People Who Need It

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Dr. Mary Hawk, assistant professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, works with local needle exchange program Prevention Point Pittsburgh to fight the opioid epidemic. Together, they are working to get an overdose reversal drug into the hands of people most at risk of overdose. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO_arZuufmM  

Congratulations Jaideep Karamchandani on new position as infection preventionist!

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA graduate Jaideep Karamchandani ( jkaram7@gmail.com ) has accepted an infection preventionist position at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

Congratulations Ash Mohan!

HPM is pleased to announce that Ash Mohan has accepted a Strategic Fee Schedule Manager position at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation in Columbus. 

Pitt Researcher Uses Hospitalization Data to Determine Causes of Substance Abuse

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Dr. Christina Mair, assistant professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, discusses how she plans to use hospitalization data from the last 15 years to research rates of abuse, overdose and dependence. The data will help her locate one high-risk region within two hours of Pitt’s campus, where she will conduct further research to get a full view of the problem from both th... 

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Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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