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The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Celebrates 30 Years

The event honored Dr. Anthony Silvestre, who since 1984 has been involved in LGBTQ health and HIV prevention services and research.  

Professor Abdus Wahed Honored for Mentoring Excellence

Professor Abdus Wahed receives the 2016 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring 

Current Limited Submission Opportunities

The following limited submission funding opportunities have been added to the University’s internal competition site, Competition Space, accessible via the MyPitt Resources portal. Opportunity listings include program descriptions and deadlines, required internal application materials, and links to funder guidelines. 

Request for Pilot Projects

Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research A George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center Request for Pilot Projects 

Congratulations Ashley Oates!

HPM is pleased to announce that Ashley Oates (aao21@pitt.edu) has accepted a fellowship at Sutter Health. 

Congratulations Leah Goclano!

HPM is pleased to announce that Leah Goclano (leah.goclano@pitt.edu) has accepted a position as Data Analyst: Quality, Safety, and Value at West Penn Hospital. 

Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies

Mindfulness enhances one's concentration, reduces stress, and, in general, improves cognitive skills. 

Pitt Professor Awarded $6.4 Million for Cancer Research

Dr. Patrick Moore is one of only 60 people in the country to receive the Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer.  

Pitt Report Suggests Urgent Need for Policies to Support Family Caregivers of Aging and Disabled Americans

Family members and friends provide the vast majority of care for aging Americans experiencing chronic conditions, trauma or illness. Yet, according to “Addressing the Needs of Caregivers at Risk: A New Policy Strategy,” a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy, current policy efforts at the federal and state levels have not adapted to address significant health and economic risks that these caregive... 

The Opioid Epidemic: Pitt Public Health Tackles Knowledge Gaps

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The Pittsburgh region is at the center of an epidemic, but it isn’t an infectious disease. It’s an insidious illness that has been quietly spreading in communities, killing more people each year than car crashes – opioid drug overdoses. The number of people dying in the region has more than tripled in the past decade, and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is piloting six research projects to address the knowledge gaps ... 

Most Patients Likely to See Reductions in Pain and Disability after Bariatric Surgery; Study Identifies Who Benefits Most

In the three years following bariatric surgery, the majority of patients experienced an improvement in pain and walking ability, as well as a lessening of the degree to which back or leg pain interfered with work, according a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis of a multi-site clinical study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Funding Opportunities

The following limited submission funding opportunities have been added to the University’s internal competition site, Competition Space, accessible via the MyPitt Resources portal. Opportunity listings include program descriptions and deadlines, required internal application materials, and links to funder guidelines. The most recently added items are: • The Moore Inventor Fellows Program : The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a comp... 

The Opioid Epidemic: Numbers That Matter

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JHF Patient Safety Fellowship - Applications Due 4/25

This fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of healthcare leaders in quality through introduction to PRHI’s Perfecting Patient methodology. 

Pitt Finding Suggests New Heart Disease Screening Target for Middle-Aged Black Women

Middle-aged black women have higher levels of a protein in their blood associated with a predictor of heart disease than their white counterparts, even after other factors, such as obesity, are taken into consideration, according to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine. 

Want to take FREE Yoga classes this summer?!

The Stress Free Zone is a great resource on campus. They offer tons of FREE programming such as Yoga & meditation classes, a massage chair, and more! Interested? Take this survey! 

Biostatistics PhD student, Alice Liu, wins ASA poster award

Biostatistics PhD student, Alice Liu, student poster award winner at the ASA Pittsburgh Chapter Annual Meeting 

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10)

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Expectations were always high for Veronica Sansing-Foster, but her ascent to administrator and reseacher at the Food and Drug Administration wasn't the result of a calculated career path. Reflecting on the road that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the key post, she cites her own ability and hard work, her ties to generous mentors at Pitt Pubilc Health, and a measure of serendipity. 

Congratulations Caitlin Colkitt

HPM is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA candidate Caitlin Colkitt has accepted a position as Sr. Practice Manager of Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates- UPMC.  

Stress Free Zone Survey

Please fill out a 4-question survey to help the Stress Free Zone plan their summer hours! 

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YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals? 

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals und... (07/23/2018)
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BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use 

BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna CHELSEA PALLATINO (BCHS ’17) has been awarded the Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Award by the University Center for Social and Urban Research to support her pilot research project entitled “Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use: Understanding B... (07/19/2018)
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Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education 

Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

PITTWIRE - The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute was recognized for its commitment to building programs that accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization at the recent Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Alumni EVA... (07/02/2018)


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Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported 

Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several states are likely dramatically underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths because of incomplete death certificate reporting, with Pennsylvania leading the pack, according to a new analysis by Pitt Public Health. “Proper allocation of resources for the opioid e... (07/19/2018)
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Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use 

Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients. "Having multiple prescribers who are not in communication increases the risk for overdose,” says HPM... (07/02/2018)
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Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women 

Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol.' “The results of our study are particularly interesting to both the public and clinicians because total HDL cholesterol is still us... (06/25/2018)
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