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Professor Steve Albert's commentary advocating for the use of agent-based modeling to examine the mechanisms linking community context to health outcomes was recently accepted for publication in Preventive Medicine

According to Dr. Albert, multilevel models are limited in their ability to test pathways and identify mediators of individual-community associations. We need more flexible analytic tools that can take into account mediation, multi-directional causation, and nonlinear relations... 

Associate Professor Jessica Burke is co-author on a chapter in the recently published "Community Development in the Steel City: Democracy, Justice and Power in Pittsburgh" edited by Akwugo Emejulu

'The chapter builds on work between the Community Human Services Corporation and the University of Pittsburgh and offers a practical example of how community-based organizations can work together with universities to democratize the research process while simultaneously developing better strategies for tackling key social problems. 

BCHS Faculty presented their research at the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA) conference held in Pittsburgh and the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting held in San Francisco.

At the PPHA conference, Dr. Jeanette Trauth and doctoral student Elian Rosenfeld along with their community partner, Consumer Health Coalition, shared their work titled: Reducing Hospital Readmissions by Improving Health Literacy among Elderly and Caregivers. 

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) recently established the BCHS Concept Mapping Institute

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS) recently established the BCHS Concept Mapping Institute and became a designated concept mapping center of practice by the Concept Systems Centers of Practice (CS COP) Program. Concept mapping is a participatory, mixed method research approach that yields a conceptual framework for how a group views a particular topic or aspect of a topic... 

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership announces its 2013 Exemplary Leader Aaward.

Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to announce that Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will receive the 2013 Exemplary Leader Award . 

SOPHAS Virtual Fair!

Tues and Wed 8am-10pm chat with faculty and student services representatives about Pitt Public Health. http://www.sophas.careereco.net/  

Helping Hospitals Address Community Health Needs: A Collaboration Between the Center for Public Health Practice and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

The Graduate School of Public Health is committed to improving the health of Pennsylvanians. A team of GSPH public health experts, including Drs. Albert, Burke, Doebler, Nolan and Ricci from BHCS, are available to work with hospitals and to help them comply with the requirements of community health under the new federal tax laws and make a difference in the health status of their service populations.   

BCHS Faculty have partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center health system to conduct community health needs assessments for their 13 hospitals in the region.

Recent changes to the IRS requirements of not-for-profit hospitals to maintain their tax exempt status include assessing and prioritizing community health needs, engaging the community, and implementing and evaluating each of the hospitals' community benefit programs. 

'BCHS Faculty chosen for NIDA-funded HIV research ethics fellowship

This program includes a 10-day intensive training in HIV research ethics in New York City by world-renown scholars, pilot award funding and individual one-on-one mentorship for a specified research project relating to HIV research ethics over the next two years. 

Congratulations to the Dean's Day 2011 Prize Winners

GSPH's Annual Dean's Day student research competition was founded in 1999 by Dean Herbert Rosenkranz as a vehicle for students to share their research and as a GSPH community event to recognize and award their superior research and practice. The 13th annual Dean's Day was held on April 7-8, 2011. Following are the prize-winning presentations for BCHS. 

BCHS Student chosen for prestigious NCI Internship

Kara Golya, an MPH candidate in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Health Communications Internship  within their Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM).  

Global Health Exhibit Coming to Falk Library

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health , a traveling exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine, is coming to Falk Library January 16, 2012, through February 25, 2012.   

Dr. Steven M. Albert Appointed as Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Dr. Steven M. Albert has been appointed Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health. 

BCHS Doctoral Student Receives Award

Tina Bhargava, a BCHS doctoral student  was recently awarded the Amy Roberts Health Promotion Research Award for 2011 from the Magee-Womens Research Institute . Tina will use the $5,000 award to support her dissertation research, titled: “ The Effects of Cognitive Interference on Engagement in and Success with a Weight Loss Program”. 

Dr. Chongyi Wei To Receive the New Investigator's Scholarship Award

Dr. Chongyi Wei has received the New Investigator's Scholarship Award to present his abstract entitled "Reasons for Unprotected Sex among Mem Who Have Sex with Men: An Event-Level Analysis"  at the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference. 

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