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Sex Hormone Levels at Midlife Linked to Bad Cholesterol Carriers that Increase Heart Disease Risk in Women

As hormone levels change during the transition to menopause, the quality of a woman’s cholesterol carriers degrades, leaving her at greater risk for heart disease, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health discovered. 

Lowering Toxicity of New HIV Drugs Predicted to Improve Life Expectancy

While bringing new drugs to market is important for increasing life expectancy in younger people with HIV, lowering the toxicity of those drugs may have an even greater health impact on all HIV patients, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis reveals. 

Charles Christen (BCHS '10) Walks the Walk

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Over a long career, Chuck Christen, currently executive director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has managed research on environmental and community health topics from river water stewardship to air quality. But the heart of his mission, professionally and spiritually, is compassion and effective care for HIV-positive men, women, and youth in the region.  

Pitt Public Health Names First Katherine M. Detre Chair in Population Health Science

Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., has been selected as the first Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Science at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

Simple Change to Medicare Part D Would Yield $5 Billion in Savings, Pitt Public Health Finds

The federal government could save over $5 billion in the first year by changing the way the government assigns Part D plans for Medicare beneficiaries eligible for low-income subsidies, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

fitUnited Pittsburgh

fitUnited Pittsburgh is an exciting new initiative launched by The United Way of Allegheny County to improve the health of our children by mobilizing and motivating our community. Find out more at http://www.uwacfitunited.org.  

HPM Receives Full Reaccredidation

The Department of Health Policy & Management is pleased to share the great news that the MHA Program has received full reaccreditation for seven years (the highest level) from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education https://www.cahme.org/. 

Statistician of the Year Abdus Wahed Profiled in the Tribune Review

Department of Biostatistics faculty member and recent Statistician of the Year award winner Abdus Wahed was recently recognized as a Newsmaker by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  

Department Members Participate in Women in Statistics Conference

Department of Biostatistics faculty members Ying Ding, Ruosha Li, and Sally Morton; and students Qing Liu and Yi Ren attended the first Women in Statistics conference in Raleigh, NC May 15 – 17.   

Ott Receives Dean's Specail Achievement Award for Service to the Profession

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On May 17, 2014, Susan Ott (HPM ’76) was honored with the Dean's Special Achievement Award for Service to the Profession at the annual Pitt Public Health  Alumni Awards dinner. 

Herbert Receives the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

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Mary Herbert (BCHS '05) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Clise Recognized with Alumni Award for Practice

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James Clise (EOH ’63) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 17, 2014, at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research

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Karen Cruickshanks (EPI ’87) was honored with the 2014 Alumni Award for Research on May 17 at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Chang Recognized with Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Chung-Chou "Joyce" H. Chang (BIOST '98) was recognized on May 17 with the 2014 Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dedicated Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society in 2014

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Three alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health's Omicron Chapter of Delta Omega at the 2014 Alumni Awards  dinner:  Aaron Mendelsohn (EPI '96), Sean Rinella (EPI 0'10), and Adam Straub (EOH 0'08). “It is an honor to recognize these distinguished alumni for their commitment to advancing public health through research, teaching and community service,” said Donald S. Burke, Pitt Public Health dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair of Global Health. 

New Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy

The Department of Health Policy and Management is pleased to announce the recent approval of a Master of Science in Health Services Research and Policy. The program will be in place for the start of the fall 2014 term. Graduates from this program will be prepared to apply research design and quantitative methods to address problems in health service delivery and policy and/or to begin doctoral study.  

Julie Donohue Awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence

Our congratulations go out to Julie Donohue, Associate Professor in HPM who was awarded the 2014 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. The James L. Craig Endowed Excellence in Education award was established through the generosity of a distinguished Pitt Public Health alumnus to recognize teaching excellence in the school. 

Low Cholesterol in Immune Cells Tied to Slow Progression of HIV

People infected with HIV whose immune cells have low cholesterol levels experience much slower disease progression, even without medication, according to University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health research that could lead to new strategies to control infection. 

Travel Grant Awards

Three Biostatistics students were awarded travel grants for recent seminars. 

ACHE Chicago Reception

About 25 HPM alumni, students, and friends gathered for the annual ACHE reception in Chicago on Tuesday, March 25. HPM department chair Dr. Mark Roberts provided an update on the program. Outgoing HPM Alumni Association President Mike Blackwood and incoming president Mike Evans gave remarks. Mr. Evans also spoke about the newly created Donna Lee Schultz Memorial Fund and presented a $1,000 donation. Established to honor the late Donna Schultz wh... 

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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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