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School & Program Updates

Pittsburgh Celebrates National Public Health Week

For this year’s National Public Health Week, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will host multiple events, including a lecture and discussion on “Pain and Politics in the Heart of America” with Jennifer Silva, the lead qualitative researcher for Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, for our eighth annual “One Book, One Community” reading selection.

Pittsburgh Public Health will also continue its Dean’s Day student research competition for the 19th consecutive year and the  Center for Health Equity will again organizing “Take a Health Professional to the People Day,” bringing clinicians, public health educators, and health and human service providers to African American-owned and -operated barbershops and hair salons in several Pittsburgh communities.

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK SCHEDULE

International Dinner: Celebrating Our Cultural Diversity

In each of the past fifteen years, our annual International Dinner has brought together the Pitt Public Health community to appreciate, highlight, and celebrate the diversity of our student body’s different cultures, backgrounds, and personal experiences. (Advance registration required.)

Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Rural Health Initiative

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is exploring an innovative budgeting process to help save rural hospitals. Losing these hospitals would remove access to health care and public health services for many, worsening the health of the Commonwealth. Hear proposed solutions from Lauren Hughes, family physician and deputy secretary for health innovation at the PA Department of Health—who is serving as this year’s executive-in-residence in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Health Disparities Poster Competition

Work will be presented addressing health disparities–gaps in health status, quality, or equity in any studied population relative to the comparable majority (or more commonly studied) population.

From Obamacare to Trumpcare: the Challenge of Expanding Coverage in the U.S.

Why has it proven so difficult to achieve national, universal access to medical care in the U.S.?  Hear One Pittsburgh family’s experience with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance expansion in this Food for Thought program. Faculty presenters Julie Donohue and Marian Jarlenski (HPM) will share data illustrating the challenges and accomplishments of recent health policy, as well as an explanation of proposed legislative changes to the ACA.

Pain and Politics in the Heart of America

Jennifer Silva of Bucknell University and the lead qualitative researcher for Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis will lead discuss that work as well as her current project which examines political beliefs and behaviors in the coal region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The session will culminate our eighth annual “One Book, One Community” reading program and is open to the entire Pittsburgh Public Health community of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

AWPH Women’s Professional Panel

Hosted by the student chapter of the Association of Women in Public Health, this panel will address two of the most fundamental issues impacting our society—public health and women’s roles. Panelists include: Margaret Palumbo, executive director for PAcares; Katherine Neiswanger, Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics; and Jennifer Fiddner, epidemiology research associate, ACHD.

19th Annual Dean’s Day Student Research Competition
(poster sessions I-V)

During the five, two-hour poster sessions that will make up this year’s Dean’s Day Student Research Competition, students present their work to their peers, and to faculty and alumni judges. Prizes will be conferred at the master’s and doctoral levels, and winners will present their work in an award ceremony on April 21.

Take a Health Professional to the People Day

Pittsburgh Public Health’s Center for Health Equity is organizing Take a Health Professional to the People Day (TADay), bringing clinicians, public health educators, and health and human service providers to African American-owned and -operated barbershops and hair salons in several Pittsburgh communities. The health professionals volunteer services such as blood pressure screening, chronic disease and healthy lifestyle education, oral health screenings, and guidance on medications for shop and salon customers.

Post-Graduation Experiences of Doctoral Alumni Working in Public Health

Hosted by the Doctoral Student Organization, this session features some of our doctoral alumni what it’s like working in public health–and how they went about finding their jobs in the first place! Brief presentations by each guest are followed by a question and answer session.  Panelists include Jonathan Yabes (BIOS), Institute for Clinical Research Education; Charvonne N. Holliday (BCHS), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Didier Chalhoub (EPI), National Institutes of Health; Alexis Carter (EOH), and Suzanne Kinsky (BCHS), UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care.

OjO Latino Photo Exhibition Opening Roundtable

OjO Latino is a community photographic project that displays life moments of Latino women and men living in Pittsburgh. This collaborative effort unites the Latino community and various fields at the University of Pittsburgh: anthropology, communications, education, history of arts and architecture, Latin American studies and public health.  The exhibit opens with a roundtable event on April 10 and runs through April 24 in the Public Health Commons.