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Public health class advises how to intervene in the opioid epidemic

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - When agent Brian Dempsey of the local Drug Enforcement Agency office made his first visit to Pitt’s Law in Public Health Practice course in mid-semester, he told the students that Pittsburgh is now one of the epicenters of the heroin epidemic — and that the “feeder system” of prescription opioid pain medications is to blame. Under the guidance of Elizabeth Van Nostrand , director of the school’s JD/MPH program and ... 

Congratulations Ashley Oates!

HPM is pleased to announce that Ashley Oates (aao21@pitt.edu) has accepted a fellowship at Sutter Health. 

Congratulations Leah Goclano!

HPM is pleased to announce that Leah Goclano (leah.goclano@pitt.edu) has accepted a position as Data Analyst: Quality, Safety, and Value at West Penn Hospital. 

Pitt Report Suggests Urgent Need for Policies to Support Family Caregivers of Aging and Disabled Americans

Family members and friends provide the vast majority of care for aging Americans experiencing chronic conditions, trauma or illness. Yet, according to “Addressing the Needs of Caregivers at Risk: A New Policy Strategy,” a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy, current policy efforts at the federal and state levels have not adapted to address significant health and economic risks that these caregive... 

JHF Patient Safety Fellowship - Applications Due 4/25

This fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of healthcare leaders in quality through introduction to PRHI’s Perfecting Patient methodology. 

Congratulations Caitlin Colkitt

HPM is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA candidate Caitlin Colkitt has accepted a position as Sr. Practice Manager of Tri-State Neurosurgical Associates- UPMC.  

Dr. Husan Guclu's paper has just been accepted by Plos One

Dr. Hasan Guclu's paper, "Social contact networks and mixing among students in K-12 schools in Pittsburgh, PA." to appear soon in PLoS ONE 

Skills and Competencies for Public Health (Global Health with Greg Martin | VIDEO)

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YOUTUBE  - Learn about four competency areas needed to be effective in public health and global health--including the particular importance of management, leadership, and governance. If you're considering a career in public health and want to know a little more about what a job in public health might look like, take a look.  You can find related videos on the Global Health with Greg Martin YouTube channel. 

Congratulations Marian Jarlenski

Marian Jarlenski, PhD, MPH, has been appointed as a scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Program (K12HD043441). 

Congratulations Kevin MacDonald!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Kevin MacDonald has accepted the UPMC Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship in Allegheny County. 

Congratulations Adam Kramer!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Adam Kramer has accepted the UPMC Health Services Division Administrative Fellowship in Erie County. 

Congratulations Bill Beutler!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Bill Beutler has accepted the Cleveland Clinic Administrative Fellowship. 

Congratulations Eva Harpst!

HPM is pleased to announce that MHA candidate Eva Harpst has accepted the OhioHealth Administrative Fellowship in Columbus. 

American Medical Association urges ban on TV drug ads

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THE WASHINGTON POST - ...“Something like a third of consumers who’ve seen a drug ad have talked to their doctor about it,” Julie Donohue, a professor of public health at the University of Pittsburgh, told NPR. “About two-thirds of those have asked for a prescription. And the majority of people who ask for a prescription have that request honored.”... 

Doctors vote to stop drug ads to consumers

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MARKETPLACE -  Situations like this are among the reasons the American Medical Association is calling for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices. The group says the commercials are boosting demand for expensive — and sometimes inappropriate — treatments, and fueling the rise in drug prices....  Julie Donohue , an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, has ... 

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