HPM News

Firoz Abdoel Wahid and Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH
May 21, 2024

Faculty honored for teaching excellence

Two faculty members have received special recognition for their teaching expertise.
Altomari at recent Gideon symposium
April 25, 2024

Remembering Kevin Altomari

Kevin Altomari, founder and president of the Dawn Gideon Foundation, passed away April 24 at the age of 68.

Altomari had a close relationship with the Department of Health Policy and Management, awarding two scholarships each year and co-sponsoring the annual symposium named for his late wife Dawn Gideon. 

The couple met in 1972 and were married for 36 years before Dawn’s passing from breast cancer in 2015.

Mark Roberts
April 24, 2024

CDC grant funds vaccine-support tool

A $1 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will fund a decision-support toolkit being developed by the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory (PHDL) to increase vaccine acceptance and vaccination rates.
Katherine Callaway Kim
April 18, 2024

Pitt researchers’ study raises concerns about risks to prescription drug supply

Katherine Callaway Kim, a Department of Health Policy and Management doctoral student, was first author of a cross-sectional study, in which a total of 571 drugs exposed to 731 supply chain issue reports were matched to 7,296 comparison medications.
featured students posing in a group
April 16, 2024

Graduating HPM students reflect on their time at Pitt Public Health

Before they walk across the stage at Carnegie Music Hall and shake hands with Dean Lichtveld at commencement, several HPM students reflected on their time at Pitt. Though their stories are as unique as each individual telling them, common threads tie these and all graduating students together: comradery, togetherness, perseverance and growth, both personal and professional.

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April 15, 2024

Greater numbers of younger people got permanent contraception after Dobbs decision, study finds

“Findings from this research highlight the indirect effects of Dobbs on the reproductive autonomy of young people,” said lead study author Dr. Jackie Ellison, assistant professor of health policy and management.
Julie Donohue, chair and professor
March 20, 2024

Pitt Med celebrates Women’s History Month

Professor of medicine Jenny Lo-Ciganic sees Julie Donohue, chair and professor of health policy and management, as a role model.

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March 8, 2024

How quickly could measles outbreak spread? Here’s what ‘worst-case scenario’ looks like

Now that there’s a measles outbreak in Florida, Mark Roberts, professor of health policy and management, is considering updating his simulator to show the measles risk in Florida post-COVID pandemic.

Coleman Drake
March 5, 2024

Programs intended to reduce health insurance premiums may make coverage less affordable for the middle class

“People are less likely to buy insurance when it costs more, and being uninsured has been linked to an increase in mortality," said Coleman Drake, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
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February 28, 2024

Florida has a measles outbreak. Here's what that actually means for you.

“What most people forget ― because we haven’t had a lot of measles in the United States for a long time ― is that measles can be a relatively serious disease,” said Professor of Health Policy and Management Mark Roberts.

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February 20, 2024

It's tougher for non-white Americans to get opioid addiction drug

“Access is substantially better in areas that are very white," said Coleman Drake, assistant professor of health policy and management. 

Jacqueline Ellison
January 3, 2024

New study highlights barriers to contraceptive access for disabled Medicare enrollees

Researchers highlight how lack of contraceptive coverage by Medicare may prevent disabled enrollees from accessing contraception.

Contraceptive use is low among reproductive-aged people with disabilities who are enrolled in Medicare, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh that highlights how lack of contraceptive coverage by Medicare may prevent disabled enrollees from accessing contraception.

Marian Jarlenski
December 18, 2023

Nearly 6K kids in Allegheny County don't have insurance, statewide it’s 145K

Pennsylvania is one of just three states in which the percentage of uninsured kids increased in 2022, resulting in long term negative impacts on both educational and health outcomes, says Pitt Public Health's Marian Jarlenski.

Robert H. Curry
December 6, 2023

Passing of HPM alumnus Robert H. Curry

Robert H. Curry, a ‘79 Pitt HPM alumnus and former Executive in Residence for the Department of Health Policy and Management, died November 27 at 70.

Health Insurance
December 6, 2023

The deadline for Pennsylvanians to enroll in Pennie health insurance is Jan. 15

Coleman Drake, assistant professor of health policy and management, said that premiums on Pennie are going up by nearly 4% in 2024.