One Book, One Community Read-Along


Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book. Share an Experience.

Pitt Public Health’s One Book, One Community (OBOC) program is a school-wide “communal read” of a single book focused on a topic affecting the field of public health. Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with students and faculty. You’ll also be invited to participate in a variety of programming during the year, including live and virtual discussions and events.

Selecting this Year’s Book

"Evicted by Matthew Desmond describes the plight of poor families who, for want of a few dollars, are forced to move from their homes, apartments, or trailers. An ethnographer, Desmond shares the intimate vicissitudes of his subject / friends as they struggle to make ends meet while negotiating a bewildering system of slumlords, public agencies, law enforcement, and courts, a system that seems almost designed to reinforce a downward spiral of poverty. The consequences of eviction are especially felt by mothers with young children, whose development is jeopardized by substandard housing, low quality neighborhoods, and poor nutrition. 

"Social factors are well known to be paramount determinants of health and well-being, and Evicted heartbreakingly illuminates how poverty and lack of housing affect families and communities. America’s health compares poorly to other economically developed counties. Everyone interested in improving public health should read Evicted to better understand poverty, housing, and health.”

The book has been a New York Times best seller, won a Pulitzer Prize, and was on Bill Gates’s summer reading list in 2017
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CPH-CE Credits

CPH-CE credits can be earned by participating in discussions.
(1 CPH-CE credit per hour)

Questions?

Contact Jennifer Sciullo and the school's alumni relations team for details or questions about the read-along program.

OBOC News

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Summer reads from The Nation's Health 

Summer reads from The Nation's Health

THE NATION'S HEALTH - With summer’s arrival, it’s time to find a quiet beach, a shady grove, a comfortable corner on an inviting porch and relax with a good book. But which one? That’s where we can help.  The Nation’s Health  editors have searched online and brick-and-mortar book sellers to come up... (08/19/2019)
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Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health 

Summer Reading at Pitt Public Health

We have a lot on our summer "To Be Read" pile, particularly titles we're considering for our next One Book, One Community program. Read about the program at publichealth.pitt.edu/oboc and check out Facebook and Instagram to let us know what you're reading and what you think would make a good OBOC s... (08/05/2019)
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Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program 

Submit suggestions for this year's One Book, One Community program

It's that time again. Submit your suggestions for next year's One Book, One Community title. We want to hear from you on this initiative that has encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and friends through reading a shared book with a public health theme.  (08/05/2019)
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Housing remains a major social determinant of health 

Housing remains a major social determinant of health

While we are wrapping up our year with Matthew Desmond's Evicted as our One Book, One Community selection, housing remains a major social determinant of health. We don't stop studying, researching, or solving the problems highlighted by past programs. For the latest on housing, check out a recent e... (07/08/2019)
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As affordable housing crisis grows, HUD sits on the sidelines 

As affordable housing crisis grows, HUD sits on the sidelines

NEW YORK TIMES - The country is in the grips of an escalating housing affordability crisis. Millions of low-income Americans are paying 70 percent or more of their incomes for shelter, while rents continue to rise and construction of affordable rental apartments lags far behind the need. Ben Carson... (08/06/2018)
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Pittsburgh task force takes on issue of landlords turning away renters with convictions 

Pittsburgh task force takes on issue of landlords turning away renters with convictions

PUBLIC SOURCE - As housing prices and rents rise in the Pittsburgh region, residents with convictions are often denied housing they can afford. Discrimination against people who have been incarcerated or have any marks on their rap sheet is one of several barriers the region’s fair housing task for... (08/06/2018)
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Why Boston Medical Center is investing in housing 

Why Boston Medical Center is investing in housing

WBUR - "It makes me feel comfortable about myself," says Chuck Gyukeri, "that I'm able to come in and out of my own home. And I’m getting my health issues together. "Gyukeri's apartment is in one of four brownstones on Waldeck Street — 35 units that came close to losing their affordable status.  (08/06/2018)
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The state of the nation's housing 2018 

The state of the nation's housing 2018

HOW HOUSING MATTERS - The national homeownership rate rose in 2017 for the first time in 13 years. Other housing trends include enduring constraints on the single-family market, racial disparities in neighborhood poverty levels, lagging household growth, trade-offs between housing, etc.  (08/06/2018)