Healthy Expressions

Issue Date: 
October 6, 2008


Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health offered hands-on activities during this year’s orientation program as a way for students to explore various facets of public health. The Aug. 21 Plunge into Public Health and Pittsburgh program included Visual Voices, a national arts-based program that uses art expression to address issues related to students’ lives, communities, and health (above). Jessica Griffin Burke (right), an assistant professor of behavioral and community health sciences at Pitt, paints with Anna Vitriol (left), a joint-degree student at Pitt in public health and social work. The Visual Voices program was founded by Michael Yonas, assistant professor of family medicine in Pitt’s School of Medicine.



University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg (right) participated in an Aug. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the inaugural year of the University Prep School, a partnership between Pitt and the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Based in the former Milliones Middle School in the Hill District, the school offers a support system for students as they advance through their secondary education, preparing them to take advantage of The Pittsburgh Promise. The Promise program helps eligible Pittsburgh Public School graduates to pay for college. In the photo, Nordenberg talks with Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt (middle) and University Prep Principal Sito Narcisse (EDUC G’07).