One Book, One Community Read-Along

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Shared Experiences Draw People Together.
Share a Book. Share an Experience.

Pitt Public Health’s One Book, One Community (OBOC) program is a school-wide “communal read” of a single book focused on a topic affecting the field of public health. Alumni, families, and friends are invited to sign up below and read along with students and faculty. You’ll also be invited to participate in a variety of programming during the year, including live and virtual discussions and events.

Selecting this Year’s Book

"Evicted by Matthew Desmond describes the plight of poor families who, for want of a few dollars, are forced to move from their homes, apartments, or trailers. An ethnographer, Desmond shares the intimate vicissitudes of his subject / friends as they struggle to make ends meet while negotiating a bewildering system of slumlords, public agencies, law enforcement, and courts, a system that seems almost designed to reinforce a downward spiral of poverty. The consequences of eviction are especially felt by mothers with young children, whose development is jeopardized by substandard housing, low quality neighborhoods, and poor nutrition. 

"Social factors are well known to be paramount determinants of health and well-being, and Evicted heartbreakingly illuminates how poverty and lack of housing affect families and communities. America’s health compares poorly to other economically developed counties. Everyone interested in improving public health should read Evicted to better understand poverty, housing, and health.”

The book has been a New York Times best seller, won a Pulitzer Prize, and was on Bill Gates’s summer reading list in 2017

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Give an Experience

For a gift of $25, you can underwrite a book and an experience for a current student. Give now.

CPH-CE Credits

CPH-CE credits can be earned by participating in discussions.
(1 CPH-CE credit per hour)

Questions?

Contact Jennifer Sciullo and the school's alumni relations team for details or questions about the read-along program.

OBOC News

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Mendez talks Black Maternal Health in Adagio Health's Better Health Outcomes Speakers Series 

Mendez talks Black Maternal Health in Adagio Health's Better Health Outcomes Speakers Series

In observance of Black Maternal Health week, EPI's Dara Mendez presented Black Maternal Health in Pennsylvania and the U.S., presenting data, discussing the implcations of racism and next steps. Open for the full recording.  (05/06/2021)

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

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... (02/11/2021)
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Black maternal omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers 

Black maternal omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers

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 ... (02/10/2021)
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Florida mothers of color, seeking better care, turn to midwives and doulas 

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

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.  (02/09/2021)
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Mendez explains how recently released health indicators fall along racial lines, again 

Mendez explains how recently released health indicators fall along racial lines, again

WESA - EPI's Dara Mendez, interim director of the Center for Health Equity, explains why recently released health data for Pittsburgh women and children continues to fall along racial lines.  (01/19/2021)
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