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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. 

Mock Interview Sessions

Schedule one with Joan Anson on April 15 from 2-5 p.m. or April 17 from 9 a.m.-noon. You must sign up in advance by e-mailing anson@pitt.edu and requesting a half-hour time slot. 

Extended Walk-In Hours for CV/Resume Review

Applying for a job? We can help you finalize your CV or resume! 2015 graduates strongly encouraged to attend. March 11, 2-6 p.m. and March 12, 9 a.m.-noon.  

Regardless of the stage of your research, the Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) can help! CRAB provides guidance on development of your proposal, thesis, or dissertation, study design, recruitment strategies, and identifying community organizations for partnered research. The CRAB meets the third Wednesday of the month with open slots available at the April 15 and May 20, 2015 meetings. If you would like to learn more about the CRAB, please visit the CHE website at http://www.healthequity.pitt.edu/initiatives or contact Dr. Patricia Documet, CHE Scientific Director at pdocumet@pitt.edu

The University of Pittsburgh will lead a $14 million clinical trial to determine how well an intervention that helps people better understand their back pain early on works toward promoting recovery and keeping the pain from becoming chronic down the road. UPMC will be the first in the trial to offer the intervention, followed by four other academic medical centers nationwide. 

Pitt to Lead $14M National Trial Comparing Approaches to Treat Back Pain, Avoid Surgery

The University of Pittsburgh will lead a $14 million clinical trial to determine how well an intervention that helps people better understand their back pain early on works toward promoting recovery and keeping the pain from becoming chronic down the road. UPMC will be the first in the trial to offer the intervention, followed by four other academic medical centers nationwide. 

Simulation Brings Facts to Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Debate

To bring facts and clarity to the public debate about immunization in light of the recent measles outbreak, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health today unveiled a computer simulation that explores the impact of measles outbreaks in cities across the U.S. Users can see how an outbreak would play out if their city had high or low vaccination rates. 

Biostatistics student SungHwan Kim receives ENAR Award

PhD Student SungHwan Kim (Advisors: George C. Tseng) was selected as the recipient of one of the ENAR student awards for his paper titled “Integrative multi-omics clustering for disease subtype discovery by sparse overlapping group lasso and tight clustering”.  

International LGBT Researchers Come to Pitt

International LGBT researchers come to Pitt to battle HIV-related stigma back home. 

Nominate Faculty for the Craig Excellence in Education Award

To recognize teaching excellence, nominate faculty whose teaching has made a difference in your life. Get a ballot in the Office of Student Affairs. March 2 deadline.  

Nominate Faculty for the Craig Excellence in Education Award

To recognize teaching excellence, nominate faculty whose teaching has made a difference in your life. Get a ballot in the Office of Student Affairs. March 2 deadline.  

DSO looking for new officers

Contact us at dsopph@pitt.edu to nominate yourself or someone else to be a DSO officer. There are 3 openings on the Executive Board. Deadline: Friday, February 13th 2015 

Recent BCHS Graduate Quoted in New York Times

Elian A. Rosenfeld, a recent BCHS graduate, was quoted in the New York Times regarding"expedited partner therapy" (EPT). 

CHE Faculty Collaborating with Community Mini-Grant

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) is accepting applications through February 23, 2015, for its Faculty Collaborating with Community Mini-Grant.  

Call for Applications:PHDL International Student Fellowships

The Public Health Dynamics Lab (PHDL) is requesting applications for an International Student Fellowship Award that provides $5,000 to a Pitt Public Health graduate student. 

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Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue 

Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue

PITT WIRE - Drawing strength and inspiration from each other, thousands congregated at the Cathedral of Learning to honor those killed on October 27 in Squirrel Hill.  (11/06/2018)
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Cauley wins prestigious service award 

Cauley wins prestigious service award

PITT WIRE - The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has awarded JANE CAULEY, vice-chair of EPI, with the 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award. Cauley received the award after volunteering for numerous positions and projects with the society.  (11/01/2018)
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Long-term study identifies Dementia risk factor 

Long-term study identifies Dementia risk factor

PITTWIRE - New research from Pitt Public Health has identified a dementia risk factor among older adults that should be modifiable even well into old age. “As the large arteries get stiffer, their ability to cushion the pumping of blood from the heart is diminished, and that transmits increased pul... (10/22/2018)


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Voting is Public Health 

Voting is Public Health

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - You have the power to choose who represents you in the government. Who you vote for on Tuesday can affect your health care and your ability to change policy on issues such as the right to carry firearms, LGBTQ rights, welfare programs. The list is endless.  (11/02/2018)
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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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