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Each Hour Watching Television Increases Diabetes Risk, Pitt Public Health Finds

 A well-known lifestyle intervention already proven to increase physical activity levels and decrease weight has now been shown to successfully reduce participants’ time spent sitting and watching television, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered. 

Faculty Scholars Program

The Howards Hughes Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Foundation have partnered to establish the Faculty Scholars Program.  

Successful Housing Program Selects Second Replication Site

Prevention Point Philadelphia will replicate a housing first, harm reduction model of care that was created by The Open Door, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that has shown that its services improve adherence to HIV treatment through the provision of stable housing. With funding support from AIDS United and the MAC AIDS Fund, The Open Door will provide a sub-grant and technical assistance to Prevention Point Philadelphia to initiate its own ho... 

RAMP to K Program

The ICRE’s RAMP to K program http://www.icre.pitt.edu/ramp/index.html assists trainees in writing a competitive K award, and is geared towards fellows/very early faculty who might be planning to write a K award in the coming year.  

Updates on Public Access to Federally Funded Research

There has been a flurry of activity as federal agencies have been completing their plans for public access to federally funded research. HSLS will help you keep up on it. 

Siddhartha Mukherjee Wants People To Think Different About Cancer. Here’s How.

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FAST COMPANY - Cancer is a difficult topic, but Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2010 book, The Emperor of All Maladies, was such a compelling look at the history and future of the disease that it turned into a critical hit and unexpected best seller (as well as the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction). Now Maladies is being turned into a three-part, six-hour documentary that will air on PBS starting March 30.  

NIH Guide to Peer Review

Insider' Guide to Peer Review fpr Applicants 

Dollars and Sense: The Value of Asking for What You Want

Thinking of negotiating salary? Learn what you're worth in the current job market on April 7 at 6:30, 2017 Cathedral. Register at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/negotiationregistration. 

Biostatistics Student Wins National Award

Xiaotian (Steven) Gao, a Masters student in the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health is the 2015 and inaugural winner of the Lingzi Liu memorial award.  

Notice of Upcoming Accreditation

The Graduate School of Public Health is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH). The preliminary self-study for our 2015 re-accreditation was submitted to CEPH on December 18th, 2014. Our accreditation site visit is scheduled for May 18-20.  

Congratulations Michael Aaronson!

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that Michael Aaronson (2015 MHA Candidate) MLA47@pitt.edu has accepted a one-year Graduate Health Administration Training Program Fellowship at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. 

Congratulations 2015 UAB Case Competition team

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to announce that the Pitt team of Second Year MHAs Marques Moore, Preston Allred and Brian Washburn (& First Year MHA observer Bill Buetler) was one of six finalists in the UAB Case Competition. Congratulations to them and their faculty advisor Anna Voelker. 

Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks

A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 

Pervasive chemical potentially alters levels of pregnancy hormone influencing sex development

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UPMC / YouTube - Research by Pitt Public Health epidemiology researcher JENNIFER ADIBI reveals that exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates—which are found in many plastics, foods, and personal care products—early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby.  

AWPH Executive Board Membership Nomination Deadline

The Association of Women in Public Health is looking for new members for their executive board! Be sure to email AWPH@PITT.EDU by March 6th to make board nominations!  

Robert Henkel (HPM '82)

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Alumnus Robert Henkel leads the largest nonprofit health care system in the country. Ascension Health is the health care delivery arm of Ascension, an enterprise comprising 131 hospitals in 23 states and the District of Columbia that bases its reputation for innovation on a spiritual mission to serve all, especially the poor and vulnerable. 

Medicare and Patients with Schizophrenia Could Save $150 Million on Part D Plans

Using an “intelligent,” rather than random, method for assigning people with schizophrenia to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage plans could save Medicare and patients a combined $150 million annually, a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis discovered. 

Graduate Student Assistant Opportunity in Student Health

The Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of several alcohol and other drug educational programs for Pitt students. 

Training Opportunity for Junior Faculty

Magee-Womens Research Institute is the coordinating site for the University of Pittsburgh's NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Program (K12) training grant.  

CRAB Welcomes Researchers

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) hosts a monthly Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) meeting to offer guidance to researchers and students on their research projects. 

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Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program 

Simenson, Salerno, Saal-Ridpath selected for future health leaders program

PITT WIRE - Three students from Pitt Public Health were selected for the inaugural class of The Milken Institute’s Future Health Leaders Program. The students, ASHLEY SIMENSON (EPI '19), JESSICA SALERNO (IDM '20), and KAITLYN SAAL-RIDPATH (HPM '20), are among a dozen of fellows selected nationwid... (10/18/2018)
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Aging Institute leadership marches on 

Aging Institute leadership marches on

PITT WIRE - Baby boomers have long been known as one of the largest generations, and now they are living longer and healthier than any generation before, says Epi's ANNE NEWMAN, newly appointed clinical director of the Aging Institute of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. “We’re going through a... (10/09/2018)
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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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Pittsburgh finds current liver allocation system disadvantages children awaiting liver transplants 

Pittsburgh finds current liver allocation system disadvantages children awaiting liver transplants

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Children are at a considerable disadvantage when competing with adults for livers from deceased organ donors in the U.S. allocation system. “Using national, long-term data, our report is the first to demonstrate that the scoring system, on its own, dramatically underestimates ... (09/24/2018)
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Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016 

Changing dynamics of the drug overdose epidemic in the United States from 1979 through 2016

SCIENCE - In an effort to understand the epidemic dynamics and perhaps predict its future course, Pitt Public Health researchers analyzed records of nearly 600,000 overdose deaths. Dean DONALD BURKE, HPM's HAWRE JALAL, and colleagues concluded that the U.S. drug overdose epidemic has been inexorabl... (09/21/2018)
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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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