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."


Moving Toward Shared Responsibility
for Population Health; Incorporating
Health in All Policies

To increase opportunities for physical activity, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with the Center for Public Health Practice to create a network of community-based walking routes and walking groups.

  • Identify and promote safe walking routes;
  • Offer social support through community-based walking groups;
  • Help schools develop walk-to-school programs; and
  • Address local policies to increase safe walking routes.

Walking routes and groups can be found in the following locations:

WalkWorks Map


  1. Blair County
  2. Fayette County
  3. Indiana County
  4. McKean County
  5. Northampton County (coming soon)
  6. Schuylkill County (coming soon)
  7. Harrisburg - Capitol Complex
Policy Brief

A series of policy briefs is being developed to help promote policy change related to increasing opportunities for active transportation – pedestrian and biking. The initial brief focuses on the importance and value of institutionalizing health considerations into decision-making with specific focus on physical activity.

"If there's one thing we've learned about catalyzing changes that prevent illness in the first place, it's that passage of a single policy can be like lighting a match — illuminating the way towards strategies with greater impact and igniting the energy of leaders."
                                                                                      – Prevention Institute 2015

Connecting with the Community: Tattoo Parlors & Regulations

April 16th 2015



Sean P. McCarthy, owner of Jester's Court Tattoo on Oakland Avenue, was glad to see Graduate School of Public Health faculty member Elizabeth Bjerke's students in his shop this spring — even though they weren't paying customers.

Bjerke is one of 10 current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation public health law fellows creating new curriculum offerings designed to provide innovative teaching nationally.

The fellowship gave her the impetus for a new multidisciplinary class, "Law and Public Health Practice," which attracted students from public health, law, medicine and nursing. Consulting with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on areas of public health and regulatory concern, Bjerke decided the class would focus on whether tattoo parlors needed more oversight from the ACHD and, if so, what the best approach might be.

It seemed a perfect question for Bjerke’s students to tackle, since tattoo parlors are unregulated by the city, county or state, and the Jester’s Court owner welcomed the students’ attention. Read More

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