Announcements

School Announcements related to the coronavirus outbreak (in reverse chronological order)

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (7/2)

Updates from school leadership clarifying how University operating policies and procedures will be implemented at Pitt Public Health and other advice for the upcoming term.  

Townhall on clinical and community-based research restart

On June 15, school leadership led a townhall meeting on restarting clinical and community-based research. Find out more.  

Fall Term Updates - Town Hall for Current Students

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Eleanor Feingold and Jessie Burke gave updates and took questions about what to expect in the fall term. The most important piece of information they had was to remember that things are changing rapidly and a variety of committees are working constantly to keep the University community safe while committing to the same level of quality education we've always delivered.   

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (6/10)

View recent updates from school leadership on navigating ongoing changes. Virtual town halls have been announced including educational updates for new or returning students, clinical and community-based research restart, and fall educational updates for faculty and staff.  

Coming up: Lessons Learned from the HIV Epidemic and their Application to COVID-19

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Join the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center on Thursday 5/28 at 2 p.m. to learn how the past 30 years of the HIV epidemic relates to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Then, identify key steps in educating health professionals from the HIV epidemic, and discuss how lessons learned from the HIV epidemic can help address current concerns in the COVID-19 pandemic.   

"Conversations about COVID-19" seminar series continues!

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Each Friday this May and June, Pitt Public Health experts will have a conversation about different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and then address questions from attendees. The goal of the COVID-19 series is to provide our school community, alumni, and the public with credible information about the virus and the associated health impacts.   

Chancellor's message: Planning for Fall 2020 (5/1)

Chancellor Gallagher thanks the Pitt community for "making it happen" over recent weeks and invites us to turn to prepare for the fall and plan for operations—navigating multiple possible scenarios and significant uncertainty—as government restrictions continue to evolve. During this intense planning and preparation, Pitt's primary goal is to explore maximizing activities related to our core mission while still honoring our responsibilities to m... 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (4/24)

Congratulations to everyone for making it through the term and especially to all of our new graduates. Pat yourselves on the back for the creativity, flexibility, and empathy that got us through the past five weeks. The experiences that we have had together (apart) these past few weeks have had an enormous impact on all of us. We hope that your time at Pitt has given you the personal and professional tools to tackle the next set of challenges ..... 

Exemption process for in-person practice experiences (Summer 2020)

Because University educational activities are remote for this summer, practice experiences (e.g. internships, practicums and residencies) should be remote. Rare exceptions can be made after school-level review, prioritizing student safety including physical distancing. Each exemption request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Submit brief requests to Jessie Burke, associate dean for education (jgburke@pitt.edu).   

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The health and safety of our Pitt community, particularly our students, is paramount. The provost's Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides financial support for degree-seeking Pitt students with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students facing such a financial hardship may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other available resources.  

Limited access to GSPH facilities

Reminder: At this time only individuals who are on the “essential personnel” list may enter the building. Others who may need entry (for example to retrieve critical teaching materials) should contact your department administrator, who will request access for a specific entry time. All individuals in the building are required to wear masks and practice appropriate physical distancing.  

ASPPH webinars on 4/3 address public health challenges in today's context

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This Friday afternoon the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health continues its 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting with sessions addressing "Policy and Politics in the Midst of a Pandemic" (with CNN's Candy Crowley) and "Academic Public Health Challenges and Responses During Social and Political Unrest." See publichealth.pitt.edu/calendar for details and to register.   

COVID-19 PILOT GRANT PROGRAM - Letters of Intent due April 3

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Award funding of up to $50,000 is available to cover direct costs of research led by Pitt investigators to develop novel solutions to challenges posed by COVID-19. Of particular interest are new research initiatives that will make immediate progress towards reducing the harm to individuals, groups, and society from COVID-19, especially projects that lead to larger-scale trials or studies. Submit your letter of intent to CTSI by April 3.   

What You Can Do About Coronavirus Right Now (3/26, NY TIMES)

NY TIMES - You have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. The good news is that small changes in personal behavior can buy time — slowing the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments and, eventually, a vaccine. Here’s some practical advice from doctors and public health experts to protect yourself and your community.  Check out this comprehen... 

Pre-register for “Science and Health Law : Navigating through COVID-19” on 4/9

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Preventive medicine physician Wendy Braund joins IDM’s Jeremy Martinson, legal epidemiologist Elizabeth Van Nostrand, and disease modeler EPI’s Wilbert van Panhuis for an interactive Go-to-Meeting webinar exploring the outbreak from their unique perspectives and addressing vital scientific and legal questions around COVID-19.  Free pre-registration required by 4/8. Organized by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC) i... 

Coordination of COVID-19-Related Research

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Pitt's CTSI is the central hub for resources related to COVID-19 research studies including  all studies that require HRPO (IRB) approval . If your team is 1) currently conducting COVID-19 research, 2) planning to implement COVID-19 research, or 3) amending a current research study to include COVID-19 measures, submit a description of your work identifying any resources needed to remove barriers and expedite research.  

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (3/25)

Pitt Public Health leadership provides additional updates and guidance to the community including ACHD collaborations, exams & graduation milestones, research, building access, resources, and privacy guidelines.   

ASPPH webinar: What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19

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Join ASPPH via Zoom on March 26 at 1 p.m. EDT for a free webinar with important information on how to stay healthy, help reduce community spread of COVID-19, and provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times, while we promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s).  

University COVID-19 Update: First case on campus (3/22)

The University announced a confirmed case of coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in one of our Pittsburgh campus residence halls and outlined efforts to support the affected student and help reduce the spread of infection to others. To help limit the spread of the virus, we are encouraging every Pitt community member to practice social distancing, self-isolate as appropriate, and cooperate with current public health guidance and officials.  

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 update (3/20 part II)

Extensive updates from school leadership and the provost's office regarding the closure of campus facilities to non-essential personnel, facilities access, educational and research continuity, help desks and counseling resources, and more.   

COVID-19: Reduction in Research Operations (3/19)

As Pitt prepares to restrict on-campus research operations to only essential work, senior vice chancellors Rutenbar, Cudd, and Levine advise all faculty, staff, and students conducting research efforts to begin to work remotely where possible by close of business on Friday(3/20). Pitt will restrict use of all non-essential facilities on campus at that time.  

HR's DeJong on Workplace Concerns and Resources for Employees (3/19)

Addressing potential concerns of employees whose physical presence is critical for ensuring safety, maintaining critical infrastructure, and providing bare-minimum operational support, including for the students who remain on campus, OHR Vice Chancellor DeJong highlights two critical resources: the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and the Department of Employee Relations in the Office of Human Resources (OHR).  

Chancellor's message: A Reduction in Operating Status (3/19)

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Leadership announces plans to “reduce—to an absolute minimum—the need for faculty and staff to be on our campuses while allowing our core teaching and research mission to continue.”  All faculty, staff, and students who can do their jobs from home should do so. On-campus research operations will be scaled back to include essential functions and essential research only. Most campus buildings will be locked, and open to university ID swipe access ... 

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 updates (3/18)

The latest updates and resources from school leadership regarding graduation/convocation, Dean's Day, remote defenses, recording classes & online instruction, work locations, self-isolation, and resources for international students.  

Expert Offers Tips for Teaching Online (3/16)

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PITTWIRE spoke with Cynthia Golden of the  Center for Teaching and Learning  on how her staff of 60-plus learning professionals has been working tirelessly to help Pitt transition to remote learning for the remainder of the spring term.  As faculty adjust to a new way of teaching, Golden advises, “Try to keep focused on the most important and basic things you need to deliver to finish your course and assess your students. Don’t get overwhelmed b... 

Teaching Center Expands Instructional Continuity Resources (3/16)

@PITT - Beginning March 15, the  University Center for Teaching and Learning  expanded its resources on instructional continuity in order to better assist faculty with the transition to remote and alternative learning methods. Topics such as moving materials online, conducting live and recorded lectures, facilitating discussion from a distance and academic integrity and cheating are among those to be covered during a robust schedule of remote of... 

Guidance from Pitt HR for University staff and supervisors (3/16)

The Office of Human Resources has put together detailed guidance for supervisors on COVID-19 precautions, the applicability of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the use of sick time, prohibiting employees from coming to work, and sending people home. Generally, supervisors should encourage employees to stay home when sick, discourage public conversations about the health status of any employee, and continue to follow all applicable laws and p... 

Status of Research Operations at Pitt (3/16)

Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Rob A. Rutenbar shares guidance on research operations, emphasizing continuity and caution. As we plan for future contingencies, such as a restricted research posture, principal investigators are invited to complete a web-based Survey of Potential Pandemic Impacts on Research and to report their suspension or limiting of any studies.  

Pitt Public Health COVID-19 updates (3/15)

School leadership provides updates to the Pitt Public Health community of faculty, staff, postdocs, and students addressing: work and children, travel, instruction planning, stress, diagnosis & treatment resources, as well as privacy and reported cases.   

Share stories about your COVID-19 work

If you are doing COVID-19-related work and would like the school to share your story online, in social media, and other venues, send a short paragraph to phcomm@pitt.edu describing what you are doing or visit publichealth.pitt.edu/share-news