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.
WalkWorks: Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Winnable Battles
"Successful in increasing walking opportunities in local communities"
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, used The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) to implement WalkWorks, a community-based public health program to increase physical activity in six Western Pennsylvania counties. These rural counties were identified as among those with the greatest burden of chronic disease in the state. WalkWorks was successful in increasing walking opportunities in local communities by creating safe and accessible walking routes for people of all ages, sponsoring free guided walking groups, encouraging schools to adopt walking programs, and establishing partnerships with community organizations to help meet program goals. The WalkWorks program ended in June 2012 due to a lack of funding, however several partners continued their efforts based on their success with the program. WalkWorks addressed the Winnable Battle area of physical activity and was also entered in the 2013 "I'm Your Community Guide!" Contest.
Dynamics of Preparedness Conference
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.