2015 Bernard D. Goldstein Student Award in Environmental Health Disparities and in Public Health Practice

August 21st 2015

The Center for Public Health Practice is accepting applications for the 2015 Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Environmental Health Disparities and Public Health Practice. Any degree-seeking student or postdoctoral fellow who is studying in an area related to public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with CPHP is eligible to apply. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.00.The application deadline is November 16, 2015. Learn More

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.

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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