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Center for Public Health Practice Welcomes Interim Director and Deputy Director
July 1, 2020
The Center for Public Health Practice welcomes Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD as its interim director and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH as its interim deputy director!
Elizabeth Van Nostrand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health, an Adjunct Professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law, an Instructor in the Katz Executive MBA Program, the Principal Investigator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center, and the Director of the MPH and JD/MPH programs. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow for excellence in public health law education. She currently teaches Public Health Law and Ethics, Current Issues in Health Law, Health Law, and Law in Public Health Practice – an interdisciplinary, practice-based class. Her recent and current projects include researching the public health system with respect to emergency preparedness and response, integrating traditional legal analysis with social networking principles, analyzing hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the aquifer, co-authoring the Louisiana, DC, and Pennsylvania Public Health Law Bench Books, and investigating laws governing infectious diseases outbreaks as part of the MIDAS National Center of Excellence. Previously, she was an attorney specializing in litigation with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, with Thompson & Knight in Dallas, Texas, and with several small law firms in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an active member of the Louisiana Bar.
Tina Batra Hershey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches courses on health care compliance, health law and ethics, health care fraud, and health policy and management in public health. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, she is an Adjunct Instructor of Health Law. Her current and recent projects include enhancing tribal legal preparedness for public health emergencies through the Tribal Legal Preparedness Project; co-authoring public health emergency law manuals and bench books for the District of Columbia and Louisiana; and examining the impact of laws and policies related to infectious disease outbreaks, access to primary care after Superstorm Sandy, the delivery and quality of health care services, health equity, and the social determinants of health. Before coming to Pitt Public Health, Batra Hershey was a health care attorney in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars.
Please join us and welcoming them into their new roles!
Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice
December 10, 2019
The Center for Public Health Practice is pleased to announce the 2019 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice recipient, Ms. Margaret Carr.
The Bernard D. Goldstein Award was established in 2005 by Dr. Bernard Goldstein, then dean of Pitt Public Health and a professor in Environmental and Occupational Health, and his wife, Russellyn Carruth, an adjunct professor in Environmental and Occupational Health. The award was established for students or postdoctoral fellows at Pitt Public Health and is given alternately in one of two areas Environmental Health Disparities or Public Health Practice. The award is available annually to eligible students through a competitive application process.
Margaret Carr, a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Epidemiology, earned the Bernard D. Goldstein Award for her project, Hepatitis C Surveillance at a Local Health Department. Ms. Carr’s work on hepatitis C surveillance, data analysis, and reporting, will allow a local health department to develop a plan to eliminate hepatitis C.
Faculty from the Center for Public Health Practice Releases a New Article in the Journal of American Dental Association
Child Dental Neglect Laws
The Center for Public Health Practice’s Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD recently collaborated with a team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine on an interjurisdictional comparison of statutes and regulations pertaining to the reporting of child dental neglect by dentists.
To read the results of the study in the Journal of the Dental Association, click on the link below:
Child Dental Neglect Laws
Center for Public Health Practice and School of Medicine Faculty Collaborate on Sepsis Study
July 18, 2019; Journal of the American Medical Association
Faculty from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice and School of Medicine collaborated on a retrospective cohort study of hospitalized adults with sepsis to determine whether New York sepsis regulations helped reduce sepsis mortality compared to states lacking regulations. The results of the study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and featured on NPR.
To read the complete article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, click on the link below:
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Public Health Research and Practice Should Coexist
June 27, 2019; ASTHO Public Health Weekly
“As public health leaders, we can and should do a better job of disseminating research and applying it to improve public health programs and policies.” Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM, director of the Center for Public Health Practice, recently shared her thoughts on the importance of practice-based research and implementation science in public health agencies.
To read the complete article in ASTHO Public Health Weekly, click on the link below: