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."


WalkWorks: Complete Streets Workshop

WalkWorks Walkers


April 29th 2015

WalkWorks, a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, are working with The Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure of the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering to present a "Complete Streets" workshop to assist local government agencies and walking advocates to create more walking opportunities for residents of their community.

Currently, WalkWorks and community-based partners are working together to increase physical activity using the built environment. Specifically, the focus of the program is to promote walking to improve the public's health. To that end, the program is presently establishing at least 3 walking routes and walking groups in each of 4 counties in Pennsylvania as well as a route within the Capitol Complex of Harrisburg. More will follow.

To improve the walking environment for communities, more walking opportunities need to be created. A long range vision is needed that begins with planning of transportation infrastructure that provides safe and convenient walking opportunities for residents. This workshop provides an overview of how this can be accomplished for a community by considering the Complete Streets concept and Long Range Planning strategies for communities. Also, case studies of how local communities have created walking infrastructure through planning, regulations and project implementation strategies will be presented. Ultimately, WalkWorks will work to suggest policy – especially, with regard to enhancing pedestrian transportation.


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