Four alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health Omicron Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society during the 2016 Alumni Awards dinner.
Andrew Althouse (EPI '13) is an applied biostatistician, focusing primarily on clinical outcomes research in cardiovascular disease. While at Pitt Public Health, Althouse worked in the Epidemiology Data Center under the advisement of Maria Mori Brooks, and in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program. He coauthored a series of publications from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial on the incidence, progression, and risk factors for peripheral arterial disease and diabetic peripheral neuropathy in our clinical trial population, winning the Best Dissertation award for his graduating class.
Following his doctoral defense, Althouse worked as the lead biostatistician at Magee-Womens Research Institute, contributing to 21 published manuscripts spanning several disciplines including maternal and fetal medicine, oncology, gynecologic surgery, and bariatric surgery. In late 2014, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute, where he is currently collaborating with UPMC cardiologists and cardiac surgeons on research into the optimal management of heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and coronary stenosis.
Gwendolyn Haile Cattledge (EPI '89) has been at the CDC for 26 years as an injury epidemiologist, special assistant/senior epidemiologist to the deputy director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), scientific review officer for NIOSH and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), national center deputy associate director for science, and a mentor to both staff and student interns. For the past 12 years, she has served as the deputy associate director for science at NCIPC, where she also is the coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 Work Group for Injury and Violence Prevention, coordinator for the NCIPC Research Portfolio Reviews, coordinator for the NCIPC Internship and Fellowship Program, designated federal official for the NCIPC Board of Scientific Counselors, faculty in the CDC’s Project IMHOTEP summer internship program, representative for the CDC recruitment cadre, representative on the CDC Public Health Library Advisory Board, as well as other agency committees. Prior to working in science administration, her research at the CDC was in the area of fall injuries in the construction industry. Her contributions led to changes in industry standards of working from elevated work surfaces of even six feet or less in the construction industry. While at NIOSH, Cattledge was instrumental in the daily implementation of the CDC National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), where she established 21 implementation teams of governmental, academia, industry, and organization representation. She also served as the national team leader for NORA Special Populations at Risk. This agenda is still in effect after 20 years.
Mary H. Huynh (EPI '03) is currently director of the Office of Vital Statistics, Bureau of Vital Statistics, at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). Prior to joining the NYC DOHMH, she was assistant professor at Lehman College, City University of New York and served as director for the MPH program. Following graduation, Huynh completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Center for Health Statistics. Her research interests include the role of community level factors in adverse birth outcomes, the effect of gentrification on birth outcomes, and predictors of excessive gestational weight gain.
Christina Louise Wilds (BCHS '97, '06) has served as senior program officer at the Highmark Foundation since 2006. In her current role, she is responsible for grantmaking to nonprofit health-related organizations and hospitals. She has also authored numerous white papers related to public issues such as chronic disease, service delivery systems, and family health. Prior to joining the foundation, Wilds served as program evaluator in Highmark Inc.’s Division of Community Affairs, where she was responsible for all phases of program evaluation. In addition, she served as the corporation’s director of the former Health Education Center, a Highmark nonprofit affiliate. Before joining Highmark, she worked in fundraising for UPMC Health System. A native of Western Pennsylvania, Wilds has been recognized for volunteerism in the Pittsburgh community and serves on the boards of directors of Ebenezer Development Corporation and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania.