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Albert on how to remain independent as you age

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MARKETWATCH -  Three-quarters of adults in an AARP survey said they wanted to remain in their homes, but only 59% thought they would be able to do so. If you want to stay in your home as you age, experts recommend paying attention to these 9 things now. BCHS Chair Steve Albert talks about saving money: "Older people who have paid off a mortgage and invested in adaptations to minimize effects of disability are best off."   

New Voices for Reproductive Justice - building a social change movement

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Black Women, Femmes, Girls and Folx deserve to live a long, healthy and joyous life. New Voices for Reproductive Justice develops the next generation of leaders, organizes communities and advocates for policy change at all levels.   

Mendez on equity and reproductive justice, plus One Book, One Community

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PITTWIRE - EPI's Dara Mendez started her work in health equity as an undergrad and has now been researching racial and socioeconomic inequity in pregnancy, birth, and women's health for the past 18 years. She will lead a conversation with scholar Dána-Ain Davis, author of this year’s OBOC selection, on 2/26.  

WHAMglobal at JHF - improving birth outcomes for women and babies

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The Women's Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal) is on a mission to identify the root causes of maternal mortality and better understand how we as a regio support and care for moms and families through the entirety of their care. The disparities in accessing maternal and child health care in Pittsburgh are alarming and maternal mortality is a public health crisis with serious disparities. In the U.S., maternal mortality rates are nearly four ti... 

Health officials say the coronavirus will likely become endemic in the next several years. What does that mean? Burke explains.

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USA TODAY - The CDC defines endemic as the “constant presence and/or usual prevalence” of a disease within a population. An endemic disease spreads at a baseline level every year without causing major disruption to people's lives, said EPI's Donald Burke. “Things that are endemic are present for long periods of time without interruption, continuously circulating in the population," like the common cold, he said. “Epidemic means something that co... 

Healthy Start - improving MCH in Allegheny County

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The Greater Pittsburgh Region, like most of the United States, faces disparate health outcomes, where Black mothers and babies die at higher rates than mothers and babies of other races. These health outcomes, which persist across socioeconomic backgrounds, are a direct result of systemic racism.   

Alumni Research: Lack of health services and transportation impede access to vaccine in communities of color

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THE WASHINGTON POST -  Doctoral alumna Inma Hernandez (HPM '16) with researchers at Pitt and West Health Policy Center said not enough attention has been paid to gaps in the health-care system when addressing vaccine uptake in vulnerable populations. The research applauded the decision by the Biden administration to use community pharmacies as vaccine access points — they tend to be open nights, weekends and holidays and have parking lots, capac... 

Other Voices: Vaccine distribution should not hold up school reopening

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., is director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and professor of pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine . Julie M. Donohue , Ph.D., is professor and chair of the department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health.   

Rethinking Obesity

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PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY — “Diet is the best explanation for weight loss,” says EPI's Andrea Kriska, “Physical activity is the best for weight maintenance." Colleague Bonny Rockette-Wagner adds, "Physical activity is important for people who are obese, independent of the weight loss. It has effects on reducing risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes."  

Brown Mamas - resources for socialization for Pittsburgh's moms of color

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Muffy Mendoza created Brown Mamas to fill a void she’d noticed in her life’s journey as a daughter and a mother: the need to recognize the multifaceted work that goes into rearing children and building a life for them. This non-profit started as a small group of fired up African American mothers meeting in each other’s homes and has grown into a powerful nation of over 5,000 mothers of color with both online and offline membership.  

Divin Geri Endijen - doula support for BIPOC

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Group Collaborator Divin Geri Endijen provides doula support for BIPOC and marginalized clients and centers around avoiding trauma and removing the trauma ties associated with being non-white and non-gender conforming. "We not only provide birth and postpartum services but we also provide Reiki and healing and massage therapy to the birthing person," explains Jeaonna Hodges, co-founder and CEO. "Our goal is to sever bonds of trauma so that the n... 

MCH and BEST at Allegheny County Health Department

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In Allegheny County, Black women are 3-4 times more likley to die within one year of giving birth than White women. Black infants are 2.5-3 times more likely to die before the first year of life than White infants. The leading cause of death for Black infants is prematurity.   

Low-energy laser treatment study supported by National Eye Institute

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NOVUS LIGHT TECH TODAY — The NIH National Eye Institute has awarded Pitt and WVU $15.2 million to study how an annual treatment called selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) can be better used to treat glaucoma, lowering hassle, expense, and side effects. “The eye drops only work if you put them in every day, in some cases several times a day,” said EPI's Goundappa K. Balasubramani. “Dozens of studies have taught us that most patients do not fa... 

COVID-19 Case counts have started falling in the U.S. This may be why

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TIME  About 10% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “We’re nowhere near where you need to be for herd immunity, even with the combination of vaccination and the number of people who had the disease,” says HPM's  Mark Roberts , director of Pitt's Public Health Dynamics lab. Each vaccination helps, but it may take months for immunizations to have a dramatic effect on case counts..  

Black women turn to midwives to avoid COVID and 'Feel Cared For'

MEDSCAPE - From the moment she learned she was pregnant late last year, TaNefer Camara knew she didnt want to have her baby in a hospital bed. Already a mother of three and a part-time lactation consultant at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Camara knew a bit about childbirth. She wanted to deliver at home, surrounded by her family, into the hands of an experienced female birth worker, as her female ancestors once did.   

Black maternal omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers

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THE HILL - A trio of Black lawmakers on Monday introduced an omnibus bill aimed at combating the significant health inequities that Black mothers face across the country. The Black Maternal Momnibus Act of 2021 follows a nearly identical legislative package that was introduce in the House of March right before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, though the new legislation includes three additional bills.   

Florida mothers of color, seeking better care, turn to midwives and doulas

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TAMPA BAY TIMES - After years of feeling dismissed in hospitals, many Black and Hispanic women are working to find prenatal caregivers who listen to their concerns.   

New York scrambles to improve vaccination acceptance In Black and Latino communities

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NPR — NYC officials say they're working to overcome resistance to the coronavirus vaccine in the Black and Latino communities, while also trying to make doses more available. New state data showed many Black New Yorkers aren't taking the vaccine even when it's offered free of charge. A study by Inmaculada Hernandez (HPM '16) found many Black Americans nationwide—including some in NYC—live in "vaccination deserts," where pharmacies and other vacc... 

The NFL’s testing program could help other scientists.

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NEW YORK TIMES - The NFL didn’t just play football this season, it conducted an enormous coronavirus testing program. Now scientists who try to predict how viruses travel through communities are eager to see the data to fine-tune their models. EPI's Donald Burke said the data could help him understand how long infected people have been in the community spreading the virus. The NFL’s data, including more than 700 positive cases over six months, “... 

The choices of fans have public health implications.

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NEW YORK TIMES - Common sense dictates that bringing together 25,000 people during a pandemic could lead to more coronavirus infections, and the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., is no exception. EPI's  Donald Burke  is trying to develop a way to estimate the potential spread using cellphone tracking data, statistics on the transmission of viruses, and other information. “Modeling the virus is the easy part. Modeling the humans is the hard part.”  

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BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials 

BIG STAKES, BIG STATS: Making sense of COVID-19 trials

PITTWIRE — When we hear about clinical trials, we might picture doctors and patients partnering to test new therapies. What we might not think about are the many others who make those studies happen. Take Maria Mori Brooks, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who makes sense of the numbers... (02/24/2021)
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Covid vaccine misinformation target of Pitt study 

Covid vaccine misinformation target of Pitt study

KDKA CBS NEWS — Fueled by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pitt researchers are studying and combating false online information about vaccines. “Vaccines are often the victim of their own success,” said BCHS doctoral student Beth Hoffman, a research assistant at the Center for Resea... (02/01/2021)
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Albert among 3 Pitt Experts on Reasons for Optimism in 2021 

Albert among 3 Pitt Experts on Reasons for Optimism in 2021

PITTWIRE — Optimism is hardwired in most humans, says public health professor Steve Albert. If you don’t feel like you’re one of them right now, here are three perspectives on why, despite all that 2020 brought us, things are looking brighter. (12/16/2020)