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

MRCP Award

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

MRCP Award

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."

Pitt class presenting naloxone recommendations to national public health group

November 2, 2016

A University of Pittsburgh public health law class that recently presented five recommendations for curbing opioid deaths in the region using naloxone to the Allegheny County Health Department will share those recommendations today at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Denver.

The two-year-old class, Law in Public Health Practice, focused its semester-long research into tackling opioid abuse on three at-risk populations: veterans, inmates, and schoolchildren. In a 122-page report, the class offered five recommendations, including offering naloxone and training on its use to inmates with a history of opioid abuse upon their release from Allegheny County Jail; offering medication-assisted treatment to affected inmates; and finding ways to provide naloxone to veterans and their families through a collaboration with the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Read More


Introducing Crossroads: Law and Public Health

October 27, 2016

The Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) is pleased to introduce Crossroads: Law and Public Health, a bimonthly open-access column on JPHMP Direct authored by our own Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH. JPHMP Direct is the multimedia companion site of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal guided by a multidisciplinary editorial board of administrators, practitioners, and scientists.

Check out the inaugural column here and stay informed by subscribing to the JPHMP Direct RSS Feed


Practice-based Multidisciplinary Course "Law and Public Health Practice" Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

May 16, 2016Opioid Pills

“Law and Public Health Practice” was created by Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD, faculty at the Center for Public Health Practice, as a project of her 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship. The public health issue focused on in the course each year is determined in collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department.See the University Times to learn more about this year's focus, the opioid epidemic.



Moving Toward Shared Responsibility
for Population Health; Incorporating
Health in All Policies

To increase opportunities for physical activity, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with the Center for Public Health Practice to create a network of community-based walking routes and walking groups.

  • Identify and promote safe walking routes;
  • Offer social support through community-based walking groups;
  • Help schools develop walk-to-school programs; and
  • Address local policies to increase safe walking routes.

Walking routes and groups can be found in the following locations:

WalkWorks Map


  1. Blair County
  2. Fayette County
  3. Indiana County
  4. McKean County
  5. Northampton County (coming soon)
  6. Schuylkill County (coming soon)
  7. Harrisburg - Capitol Complex

Policy Brief

A series of policy briefs is being developed to help promote policy change related to increasing opportunities for active transportation – pedestrian and biking. The initial brief focuses on the importance and value of institutionalizing health considerations into decision-making with specific focus on physical activity.

"If there's one thing we've learned about catalyzing changes that prevent illness in the first place, it's that passage of a single policy can be like lighting a match — illuminating the way towards strategies with greater impact and igniting the energy of leaders."
                                                                                      – Prevention Institute 2015

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