Dean's Day 2016
Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Training Center
WalkWorks: Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Winnable Battles
Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response
Center for Public Health Preparedness
Pittsburgh Influenza Prevention Project
School Based Research and Practice Network
Dean's Day 2016: The Center for Public Health Practice is pleased to announce the following awards:
Julia Draghiciu 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. Draghiciu, a student in the Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology, received the award for her project, “Animal Bite and Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis Reporting in Central Zone, Alberta, Canada.”
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 honors one master’s level and one doctoral level student each year and is open to all Dean’s Day projects that show a commitment to public health service to the underserved. In 2016, Ms. Maria Aguiluz-Abunto, an MMPH student, was recognized for her master’s level work, "Health and Wellness At Gwen's Girls: A Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh practicum experience," and doctoral candidate, Mr. Steven Meanley, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, was recognized for her work " Identifying Unaware HIV-Positive Status among HIV-Positive Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the U.S."
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center improves the performance of the public health system in Delaware, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia by enhancing the competencies of public health workers to carry out the essential public health services. The Training Center provides continuing education to hundreds of public health practitioners every year through in-person and distance-accessible training opportunities.
The Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response was founded in 2003 as a response to the growing threats to the public's health. This program has continued under the Center for Public Health Practice.
Go to the Graduate Certificate Program.
Special Issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
The University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence held the Dynamics of Preparedness Conference October 22–24, 2012. This public health systems conference brought together researchers, public policy makers, and research sponsors to present, critique, and propose innovative methods for the study of emergency preparedness in public health systems.
Results from the conference were published in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Conference participants heard about innovative methods and novel approaches to measure and evaluate public health systems in emergencies. They critiqued the rigor and quality of research output and flagged issues for which a better base in evidence was needed. They considered whether and how research in preparedness would be sustainable in the future. We acknowledge and thank the University of Pittsburgh's MIDAS Center of Excellence for its support of both the Dynamics of Preparedness Conference and this special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness (UPCPHP) provided frontline public health and health care professionals, with access to national and local preparedness information and public health competency-based training resources. Funding for UPCPHP was provided through the Center for Public Health Practice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2004 to 2010.
The Pittsburgh Influenza Prevention Project (PIPP) was a three year partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools to understand if non- pharmaceutical interventions were effective in reducing influenza in school children, grades K-5. There were 10 schools. Five schools received a WHACK THE FLU intervention; 5 did not. Absences were monitored in all schools.
Established in 2008, the School Based Research and Practice Network (SBRPN) was a partnership between The Center for Public Health Practice in the Graduate School of Public Health and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The network acted as a liaison between investigators and school administrators, assisted investigators in all facets of community-engaged research in schools, and supported the use of research results to inform policy.