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Pittsburgh's eviction rates are falling, but the data is likely flawed

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WESA-FM - The rate of Pittsburgh renters facing eviction judgments is lower than state and national averages. One in 100 Pittsburgh renters were subject to evictions but Jay Dworin, executive director of Pittsburgh's Fair Housing Partnership, said that’s not the full picture of evictions. Tenants often don’t have enough legal help or don’t understand the eviction process, he said, so they never even appear before a magistrate.  

In 83 million eviction records, a sweeping and intimate new look at housing in America

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NEW YORK TIMES - Nearly one million American households faced eviction in 2016, according to the data complied by a team lead by Matthew Desmond, author of this year's One Book, One Community selection. “An eviction isn’t one problem. It’s like 12 problems," said Amy Woolard, a lawyer and policy coordinator.  

Evicted author Matthew Desmond part of Pittsburgh housing crisis discussion

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NEXT PITTSBURGH - Desmond, a social science professor at Harvard University, co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project, and author of this year's One Book, One Community selection, spoke in front of a crowd of about 50 people at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, where he served as the guest speaker during a SWPA Housing Alliance luncheon. Community organizers, landlords, tenants and private developers concerned with the growing housing cris... 

Roberts on new Trump administration policy that could hurt PA's health insurance marketplace

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WESA-FM - A new health insurance rule from the Trump administration is being criticized by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. The policy would jeopardize those who buy health insurance on the individual market. "If only sick people enter the individual market place, premiums become completely unaffordable," said HPM's ERIC ROBERTS.    

Indiana steel mill emits 18,000 pounds of lead a year, Fabisiak comments

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE - The ArcelorMittal steel mill at the Port of Indiana in Burns Harbor emitted 173,000 pounds of benzene during 2016, making it the nation’s largest industrial source of a volatile chemical known to cause leukemia. More could be on the way but regulators can't explain where the steel mill's pollution ends up. “It’s a constant fight,” said EOH's JAMES FABISIAK.   

Dara Mendez, Social Context and Pregnancy Outcomes

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With research interests that explore the role of social context in determining outcomes related to pregnancy, birth, and women's health, EPI's MENDEZ applies frameworks and approaches focused on the social determinants of health equity and health disparities. She employs novel methods to measure and understand neighborhood environments, various forms of racism, and social stress.   

Mary Hawk, Co-Founder of Open Door Pittsburgh

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HAWK (BCHS '12) is a founding member of this local housing program that uses harm reduction and housing-first approaches to engage marginalized people living with HIV/AIDS in clinical care. Hawk published the first study to use HIV viral load to measure the impact of the housing-first model of care on homeless people living with HIV/AIDS and she was awarded the Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award for Public Health Service to the Undeserved w... 

Olaniyan explores how health care organizations are wired for excellence

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THE WINDOW - Sustaining a quality journey within a health care organization is a complex, multifaceted process. As a 2018 Patient Safety Fellow, ABISOLA OLANIYAN (BCHS '21) delved into the emerging field of health implementation science, by studying teams that have been recognized for sustaining and spreading quality within and beyond their organizations.  

Robin Leaf and Marnie Bertolet complete the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program

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Congratulations to Student Affairs' ROBIN LEAF and EPI's MARNIE BERTOLET, EPI professor, for completing the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program (DICP) and for being recognized at the recent Graduation Ceremony. DICP is designed to reinforce the University’s core values of diversity and inclusion through a series of six workshops open to all faculty and staff.   

New Vice Chancellor named as Pitt marks another record-breaking year in innovation

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PITTWIRE - Under the leadership of EVAN FACHER (HUGEN '97), Pitt innovators started a record 23 new companies in FY18. Facher now moves into the new position of vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship. “Pitt faculty and students are constantly pushing the boundaries of discovery across multiple disciplines," says Facher. “I am grateful for the opportunity to build on the positive momentum that has been established."  

Gellad comments on potential conflicts of interests on Medicaid drug committees

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NPR - The governor of Arizona removed a doctor from the state's Medicaid drug committee and issued an executive order requiring disclosure of financial conflicts in response to a joint investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity Investigation. Walid Gellad, HPM professor, says disclosing financial ties should be standard practice, especially for people serving on decision-making boards. "At least they can be out in the open."   

Brent comments on the potential affect of suicide details reported by the media

REUTERS - How the media reports on suicides may impact whether others decide to kill themselves in the days following the original death, a study suggests. Stories can have a positive effect if they shed light on the role of mental health issues, according to EPI's DAVID BRENT.   

SuperCourse created to reduce the brain drain

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THE BORGEN PROJECT - The “Brain Drain” is the migration of professionals from one country to another in search of a higher standard of living. This has negative effects on developing nations. To increase the connectivity between professionals in developed and developing countries a revolutionary network has been developed at the University of Pittsburgh called SuperCourse. EPI's TREVOR ORCHARD is on the editorial board and Faina Linkov (EPI '05)... 

Thompson receives Predoctoral Fellowship from NHLBI

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JESSICA THOMPSON (BCHS '21), was awarded a NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This 3 year award will fund her doctoral training and dissertation research on cardiovascular disease prevention among rural Appalachian women. She plans to use a novel application of spatial analysis and concept mapping to improve CVD outcomes.  

Flatt discusses dementia prevalence in sexual minority older adults (video)

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ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION - The first dementia prevalence data from a large population of lesbian, gay, and bisexual older adults was reported at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago by JASON FLATT (BCHS '13) and colleagues. "We really need to think about providing more LGBT affirming services that are going to meet people where they're at but also acknowledge who they are," said Flatt.   

Feingold explores academic exchanges on sustainability with Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus

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Senior Associate Dean ELEANOR FEINGOLD gets a tour of Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus. Pitt Public Health and Chatham are exploring academic exchanges centered on sustainability issues. 

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

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PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals under the age of 40.   

Gellad comments on Trump’s plan to bring down drug prices

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STAT NEWS - Over the past week, the Trump administration has begun to clarify their proposals to lower drug prices. “They’re clearly still in early stages – a plan is still a plan, and a proposed rule can be a proposed rule for a long time, and a workgroup is just a workgroup,” said HPM's WALID GELLAD. “But we’re ahead of where we were six months ago.”  

Tomko crowned Miss Wheelchair USA

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CBS PITTSBURGH - Congratulations to HEATHER TOMKO (HPM '19), who was crowned Miss Wheelchair USA on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of science in mechanical and biomedical engineering. She also won the Invacare People’s Choice Award and the Dr. Georgi Hudson Smith Quest for Knowledge Award.  

Gellad comments as Merck joins the list of drug makers agreeing to freeze or lower some prices

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STAT NEWS - As political pressure on the pharmaceutical industry builds, Merck has become the latest big drug maker to commit to halting price hikes. In a brief statement, the company agreed not to increase the average net prices of its medicines by more than inflation annually. “We’re now seeing an effort to address pricing that we haven’t seen before,” said HPM's Walid Gellad.   

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Singh honored with achievement award for tackling global health problems 

Singh honored with achievement award for tackling global health problems

PITTWIRE - Research duo Tushar Singh (EPI '14) and Pitt Medicine's P. S. Reddy accepted the 2018 Sheth International Achievement Award, which is given every year to a Pitt faculty member and alumnus who are increasing Pitt’s global footprint with their work. Singh referred to EPI's Anne Newman as a... (11/26/2018)
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Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue 

Pitt Community Gathers to Grieve, Heal, and Serve in Honor of Tree of Life Synagogue

PITT WIRE - Drawing strength and inspiration from each other, thousands congregated at the Cathedral of Learning to honor those killed on October 27 in Squirrel Hill.  (11/06/2018)
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Cauley wins prestigious service award 

Cauley wins prestigious service award

PITT WIRE - The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research has awarded JANE CAULEY, vice-chair of EPI, with the 2018 Shirley Hohl Service Award. Cauley received the award after volunteering for numerous positions and projects with the society.  (11/01/2018)


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Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women 

Pittsburgh analysis: recommendations to reduce recidivism in Allegheny County transgender women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - As part of her master’s thesis work, Stephanie Creasy (BCHS '17) performed a mixed-methods analysis that involved in-depth interviews with transgender women living in Allegheny County who had been previously incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, coupled with geospatial mapping o... (11/30/2018)
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Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting 

Dean Burke honored with 2018 John Snow Award at APHA Annual Meeting

Named in honor of English physician John Snow (1813-1858), considered one of the founders of modern epidemiology, this annual award recognizes outstanding scientists for enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice. Burke said, "I find great personal satisfacti... (11/12/2018)
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Voting is Public Health 

Voting is Public Health

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - You have the power to choose who represents you in the government. Who you vote for on Tuesday can affect your health care and your ability to change policy on issues such as the right to carry firearms, LGBTQ rights, welfare programs. The list is endless.  (11/02/2018)
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