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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

Samantha Ciaravino 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. Ciaravino, a student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, received the award for her project, "Emergence of Gender Inequitable Practice in Adolescence."

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 2015, Ms. Sarah Zelazny , Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS), was recognized for her Master's level work, " Client Perspectives on Brochure-based Intimate Partner Violence & Reproductive Coercion Intervention in Clinical Settings," and Doctoral candidate, Ms. Maria Catrina Jaime, also of BCHS, was recognized for her work " Community Research Ethics Training in Practice: A partnered approach to certification."

Dean's Day 2014

Dean's Day Competition

 

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

Ms. Brianna McDonough received the Center for Public Health Practice Award for Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice. Ms. McDonough, a student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS), received the award for her project, "Incorporating Preparedness Messages into a Home Visiting Program: A maternal and child health initiative."

Ms. Jennifer Sloan received The Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award. Ms. Jennifer Sloan, also of BCHS, was recognized for her master's level work, "Birmingham Health Links: Addressing social determinants of health in a clinical setting."

2013 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice

The award was established in 2005 by Dr. Bernard Goldstein, former dean of Pitt Public Health and emeritus professor in Environmental and Occupational Health, and his wife, Russellyn Carruth, an adjunct professor in Pitt's School of Law. The Goldstein Award recognizes in alternating academic years a student associated with the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) or the Center for Health Equity.

CPHP is pleased to announce that it has awarded Michelle Basque, a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, the 2013 Goldstein Award for her work with the Indicators for Stress Adaption Analytics Project (ISAAC) of the Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies. Using a new metric, ISAAC, Ms. Basque works with local health jurisdictions, enabling them to better understand their role in an emergency response, thus allowing them to strengthen their preparedness plans.

Increasing Physical Activity

WalkWorks Walkers

 

A Network of Walking Groups Keeps Rural Pennsylvania Moving

Engaging in physical activity can be a challenge in rural areas, where sidewalks are scarce, fitness facilities are limited, and there's little access to public transportation. In western Pennsylvania, many residents are confronted with this issue on a daily basis. To combat this, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health created WalkWorks, a group-based walking program implemented in six counties: Cambria, Crawford, Greene, McKean, Venango, and Washington.

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Public Partnership

 

Public Partnership

by Christine H. O'Toole

Last summer, 10 interns from the Graduate School of Public Health detoured from their usual commutes to Parran and Crabtree halls to the nearby headquarters of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). The group was mining a trove of public health gold: the results of the recent Allegheny County Health Survey (ACHS) of local residents. They paused at some troubling results.

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Dean's Day 2013

Dean's Day Competition

 

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

Olivia Houck and Samantha Malone 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. Houck, a student in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, received the award for her project, "Modeling Staffing Dynamics for POD Operations in an Infectious Disease Emergency." Ms. Malone, a student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, received the award for her project, "Public Health and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing."

Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award: Public Health in Service to the Underserved

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 2013, Ms. Leannea Adamson, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, was recognized for her master's level work, "Group Engagement as a Complement to One on One Mentoring: Preliminary Data from a Longitudinal Study Designed to Reduce Repeat Teen Pregnancy," and doctoral candidate, Ms. Lynne Marshall, Department of Epidemiology, was recognized for her work "A Comparison of Circulatory and Respiratory Hospitalization Rates of Coal Mining and Non-Coal Mining Counties in West Virginia: A Preliminary Analysis."

Helping Hospitals Address Community Health Needs Webinar Series

Assess the Need

 

The Graduate School of Public Health is committed to improving the health of Pennsylvanians. Our team of public health experts can help hospitals comply with the requirements of community health under the new federal tax laws and make a difference in the health status of their service populations. Training is available through the federally funded Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center, a program of the Center for Public Health Practice. You, your staff and your consultants can learn how to align the new reporting requirements with your strategic goals and resources by utilizing our training opportunities and resources. Together, we can impact health outcomes in Pennsylvania by integrating health care and public health.

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Dean's Day 2012

Dean's Day Competition

 

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

Megan Swanson 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. Swanson, a student in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, received the award for her project, "Influenza Antibody Testing in Allegheny County."

Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award: Public Health in Service to the Underserved

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 2012, Ms. Aishwarya Arjunan, Department of Human Genetics, was recognized for her master's level work, "A Systematic Evaluation of a Newborn Screening Program for Sickle Cell Disease in Gujarat, India" and doctoral candidate, Mr. Darren Morton, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, was recognized for his work "Increasing the Number of African American Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Participate in Research."

Can Pitt Public Health have a greater impact on Public Health Policy & Practice?

CPHP White Paper

The mission of the Graduate School of Public Health is to provide leadership in health promotion, disease prevention, policy development and elimination of health disparities in populations through research that generates new knowledge to drive effec tive education, practice, and policy.  In significant ways, Pitt Public Health has and continues to succeed in this by influencing public health policy regionally, nationally and internationally in many different areas of interest. 

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CPHP Partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on WalkWorks to Increase Physical Activity in Western PA

WalkWorks Participants

 

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have created WalkWorks, an effort to increase physical activity among people of all ages and abilities in Western Pennsylvania by developing community-based walking programs.

The initiative will establish local walking routes and enhance social support for people who would like to increase their level of physical activity. Areas slated for immediate implementation of the WalkWorks program include Cambria, Crawford, Greene, McKean, Venango and Washington counties, which have been identified as among those with the greatest burden of chronic disease in Pennsylvania.

"Ultimately, the goal is to promote change in local policies to encourage more people to walk," said WalkWorks advisor George Huber, J.D., associate dean for public policy, Pitt Public Health. "We are building momentum and looking at policies at the local level that can be modified to support pedestrian transportation."

WalkWorks aims to reduce barriers to and increase participation in physical activity for individuals of all ages and abilities. "We have assembled a team of health educators, public health practitioners and researchers at Pitt Public Health to help local communities in our region identify and mark safe walking routes, promote the walking routes to community members and establish guided community-based walking groups," said WalkWorks director Linda Duchak, Ed.M., C.H.E.S.

In their physical activity guidelines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 get at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, per week.

"This program can improve the health and quality of life of everyone in our communities. At the same time, it can help to lower our rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure," said William J. McMahon, M.D., a retired physician in Washington County, Pennsylvania, a member of the Washington County WalkWorks coalition and a WalkWorks walking group leader.

Local sponsors of the WalkWorks program include the Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Crawford Health Improvement Coalition; Greene County Human Services; Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center; Oil City Area YMCA; and Washington County Health Partners, Inc.

This publication was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (3U58DP001987-01S2). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the CDC.

2011 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice

Luis Duran

Luis Duran, MPH, MPIA

Established in 2005 by Dr. Goldstein, then dean of Pitt Public Health and a professor in Environmental and Occupational Health, and his wife, Russellyn Carruth, an adjunct professor in Pitt's School of Law, the Goldstein Award was established to alternately support a student from the Center for Minority Health who is exploring the environmental causes of health disparities and a student working or studying with the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) in an area related to the practice of public health.

CPHP has awarded Luis Duran, MPH, MPIA, a Doctor of Public Health student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, the 2011 Goldstein Award for his work with the Public Health Systems Indicators Project of the Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies. Using the dataset of the NACCHO Profile Survey of 2008 to create a geospatial platform for characterizing local public health capacities at the county level, Mr. Duran has helped to illustrate the heterogeneities among counties, both within states and across the nation.

Dean's Day 2011

Tina-Marie Assi, Mary Hawk, Maggie Potter, and Kimberly Rak, Dean's Day 2011

Tina-Marie Assi, Mary Hawk, Maggie Potter, and
Kimberly Rak, Dean's Day 2011

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

Tina-Marie Assi, Ph.D. 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 (Pitt Public Health) Dean's Day project best demonstrating a contribution to policy making and/or applications for improving practice. Dr. Assi, a recent graduated from the Department of Epidemiology, received the award for her project, "Impacts of Introducing the Influenza Vaccine through the Trang Province, Thailand, Routine Vaccine Supply Chain."

Catherine Cartier Ulrich Memorial Award: Public Health in Service to the Underserved

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 2011, Ms. Kimberly Rak, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS), was recognized for her master's level work, "Sexual Health and Positive Relationships: Perceptions of Urban Youth and Parents," and doctoral candidate, Ms. Mary Hawk, also of BCHS, was recognized for her work "The Effects of a Harm Reduction Housing Program on the Viral Loads of Homeless Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS."