PA WalkWorks has implemented a new web-based tool for tracking physical activity.

October 10, 2017


Walker Tracker grants users an opportunity to set personal goals for daily activity, connect with other people in their area, and create or join activity challenges.

In addition to utilizing it online, Walker Tracker may be used via its mobile app on both iPhones and Androids. Steps can be manually entered or users will be able to synchronize their daily activities directly from fitness devices such as FitBit, Garmin, Jawbone, Apple Health, and Google Fit. Other forms of physical activity, such as swimming or biking–even yoga, can be converted into steps!

Registration for Walker Tracker is available on the PA WalkWorks website or by visiting

Faculty from the Center for Public Health Practice Receives 2017 Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum Honorable Mention

September 12, 2017

Delta Omega

Each year the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health presents the Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum to applaud the important role public health graduate education plays in the development and maintenance of a strong, active, and well-prepared public health profession. In 2017, Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD, received an honorable mention for her course, Law in Public Health Practice: An Interdisciplinary, Practice-Based Approach to Public Health Education. The award recognizes course that “are creative and bridge the gap between public health academia and practice.”

To learn more about Law in Public Health Practice, click on the links below:
Pitt Class Presenting Naloxone Recommendations to National Public Health Group
Public Health Class Advises How to Intervene in the Opioid Epidemic
Law in Public Health Practice (HPM 2133)

Center for Public Health Practice Welcomes New Director

July 1, 2017

The Center for Public Health Practice welcomes Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM as its new director and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice!

Dr. Braund comes to the University of Pittsburgh from the Wyoming Department of Health, where since 2011 she has served as state health officer and public health division administrator handling policy, strategy, and administration of public health programs. Prior to that she was at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for over four years, most recently at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she served as chief of the Public Health Branch, and acting chief of the Geriatrics and Allied Health Branch, within the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions.

Dr. Braund holds an MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins. She holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has also earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, and has completed the executive education program for state health leaders at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

She is a leader in public health practice and preventive medicine on a national stage, serving on the Board of Regents of the American College of Preventive Medicine, as a trustee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and as a representative to the American Medical Association Section Council on Preventive Medicine among other appointments. Since 2013, she has served as a site reviewer for the Council on Education for Public Health. She previously served as HRSA representative on the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice and as an associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins.

A dynamic and innovative practitioner with extensive experience in public service and policy, Dr. Braund will craft and lead a strategic vision for the Center’s future. She will continue to build regional collaborations to improve population health, and expand our public health practice-based teaching, research, and service in the expanded arena of hospitals and health systems.


Team from the Center for Public Health Practice and Health Policy and Management Offers Perspective on State Sepsis Mandates and Regulation of Hospital Quality

June 1, 2017; New England Journal of Medicine

NE Journal

The Center for Public Health Practice’s Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH and Health Policy and Management’s Jeremy M. Kahn, MD, MS recently had an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine on state sepsis mandates requiring hospitals to follow a protocol to quickly identify and treat sepsis. The authors examine the potential of additional state sepsis mandates, noting this represented a major shift in the use of health policy to improve the quality of health care, rather than using market-based incentives and reimbursement penalties.

To read the editorial, click on the link below:


Team from the Center for Public Health Practice Receives National Award for Their Tool the Emergency Law Inventory

May 7, 2017

ELI Staff

Each year the Medical Reserve Corps Program (MRC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response presents awards to highlight the success of the MRC program and recognize outstanding contributions to it. In 2017, a team from the Center for Public Health Practice received the MRC National Partner Recognition Award, which honors those that supported MRC units in carrying out their local missions and who have provided MRC units with more opportunities to participate in public health, preparedness, and response activities.

Elizabeth Van Nostrand, Principal Investigator, and the team were recognized for their development of the Emergency Law Inventory (ELI), a repository of statutes and regulations that impact volunteers participating in emergency response activities on the topics of liability, license reciprocity, scope of practice, and workers' benefits. The laws in ELI are searchable by jurisdiction, area of law, and profession. ELI was developed to aid MRC volunteers in addressing the MRC Core Competency “know your laws.”

The MRC cited the strength of ELI and the team’s willingness to work collaboratively as key reasons for the award:

     As an exemplary partner in our mission and endeavors, you have played a significant role in helping
     to raise the MRC network’s awareness and understanding of existing laws that affect volunteerism within the
     United States. The information that you have provided strengthens the MRC network. We are grateful for
     the willingness of you and your staff to collaborate and offer expertise with the MRC network, and for the
     tremendous assistance and resources you have provided. Your work is invaluable to the MRC network.

To explore the Emergency Law Inventory, click on the link below:


Dean's Day 2017

The Center for Public Health Practice is pleased to announce the following awards:

Center for Public Health Practice Award for Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice

Lauren Torso

Lauren Torso recently received the Center for Public Health Practice Award for Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice. The CPHP Translation Award honors the Graduate School of Public Health Dean’s Day project best demonstrating a contribution to policy making and/or applications for improving practice. Ms. Torso, an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, received the award for her project, “Cooling Tower Maintenance Practices and Legionella Prevalence, Allegheny County."


The Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award

Stephanie Creasy

The Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award was established by the Center for Public Health Practice to honor the memory of Catherine Cartier Ulrich for her work improving the health of underserved populations. Tragically, Catherine and her husband were killed in a car accident on July 3, 2000. The Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award is open to all Dean’s Day projects that show a commitment to public health service to the underserved. In 2017, Ms. Stephanie Creasy, an MPH student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, was recognized for her project, "Previously Incarcerated Transgender Women: Experiences, needs, and resiliencies."

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