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“Health care is dependent on training professionals to provide care without reservation. Our schools must prepare students to embrace people of different races and cultures – providing optimal health care to all.” – Willa Doswell, PhD, School of Nursing Faculty

University of Pittsburgh's Schools of the Health Sciences value the richness diversity achieves.

The Office of Health Sciences Diversity exists to foster an inclusive environment for students, trainees, and faculty within the health professions schools and to increase the number of well-trained professionals who reflect different cultures, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, abilities, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations.

This site was designed to emphasize the awareness of diversity within the Schools of the Health Sciences and to serve as a resource for students, faculty and staff. If you have questions and cannot find the answers here, please contact us.

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Health Sciences Health Disparities Poster Competition
The Fifth Annual Health Sciences Health Disparities Poster Competition took place on April 6, 2015 in the Biomedical Science Tower. The competition provides an opportunity for students to exhibit their investigation in the very important area of health disparities. Twenty-eight posters, with topics ranging from Brain Molecular Aging, Risk Behaviors in Vulnerable Youth, Depression Screening in Underserved Populations, Mortality Disparities in Central Appalachian Coal and Non-Coal Mining Countries, were presented by graduate (masters and doctoral) and first professional students from across the Health Sciences, the School of Social Work and the departments of Psychology in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. The posters winners and presenters were:

http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/news-events/EventsArchives.php Left to right: Loren J. Schleiden, Dean Donald S. Burke, MD, Graduate School of Public Health; Elizabeth DiNapol; Enyinna Nwachuku; Chien-Wei Lin; Emma J. M. Barinas-Mitchell, Department of Epidemiology; Paula K. Davis, AVC for Health Sciences Diversity and Mario C. Browne, Director, Health Sciences Diversity.
http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/news-events/EventsArchives.php Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald S. Burke, MD with Doctoral Level winner Chien-Wei Lin, Department of Biostatistics and Paula K. Davis, AVC, Office of Health Sciences Diversity
http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/news-events/EventsArchives.php Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald S. Burke, MD with First Professional Level winner Enyinna Nwachuku, School of Medicine and Paula K. Davis, AVC, Office of Health Sciences Diversity
http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/news-events/EventsArchives.php Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald S. Burke, MD with Masters Level winner Loren J. Schleiden, Department of Epidemiology and Paula K. Davis, AVC, Office of Health Sciences Diversity
http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/news-events/EventsArchives.php Graduate School of Public Health Dean Donald S. Burke, MD with Postdoctoral Level winner Elizabeth DiNapoli, Psychiatry and Paula K. Davis, AVC, Office of Health Sciences Diversity
http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/news-events/EventsArchives.php

All of the contestants who displayed their work for the poster session

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http://www.healthdiversity.pitt.edu/Christine Wankiiri-Hale to Lead SDM Student Affairs; recognized in the 2014 Pittsburgh Magazine "40 Under 40"

Christine Wankiiri-Hale, DMD, serves as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the School of Dental Medicine. She earned her DMD in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and in 2003 completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University. She joined the faculty full-time in 2004 and participates in the University's faculty practice. She has held numerous leadership roles in the school and most recently served as vice-chair in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Comprehensive Care and Chair of the First Professional Admissions committee. The Pittsburgh Magazine has selected Dr. Wankiiri-Hale as one of their honorees for the 2014 "40 Under 40" in Pittsburgh. The honorees are selected from a nomination pool of more than 224 candidates and were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region. Read More>> Congratulations to Dr. Wankiiri-Hale on this most deserved appointment and recognition.

Katherine SeelmanUniversity of Pittsburgh Katherine D. Seelman Named by President Obama to National Disability Council
Katherine D. Seelman, Associate Dean of Disability Programs in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), has been appointed as a member of the National Council on Disability (NCD) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Seelman was part of the staff of the same independent federal agency in its formative period when it helped to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In the intervening quarter-century, Dr. Seelman has gone from working for the NCD as a public policy research specialist to becoming one of its 15 appointed members who advise presidents, Congress, and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. Read more>>


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