Karen Hacker http://wesa.fm en Allegheny County Air Quality Meets Federal Standards http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-air-quality-meets-federal-standards <p>Officials say air quality in the county around Pittsburgh met federal standards for fine soot pollution for the first time in 2013.</p><p>Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Karen Hacker says in a Friday statement that the news marks "a huge leap forward" in efforts to improve air quality. All eight monitoring sites in the county met standards for fine particulate pollution, which can come from coal-fired power plants, autos and trucks, and plants that produce coke for steel mills.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:57:17 +0000 The Associated Press 25879 at http://wesa.fm New Restaurant Grading System Moves Forward in Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/new-restaurant-grading-system-moves-forward-allegheny-county <p>The Allegheny County Board of Health voted to move forward on crafting a new <a href="http://http://wesa.fm/post/new-grading-system-restaurant-safety-works-allegheny-county">restaurant grading system</a> that would give eating establishments a letter grade from "A" to "C."</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:38:47 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25270 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Co. Trying to Prevent Further Heroin Overdoses After Rash of Deaths http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-co-trying-prevent-further-heroin-overdoses-after-rash-deaths <p>Health officials are warning that an extremely dangerous brand of heroin is making the rounds in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties.</p><p>Twenty-two people have died in the past week in western Pennsylvania from a suspected overdose of a mix of heroin and the powerful narcotic fentanyl,&nbsp;according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane.</p><p>The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says they’ve found “stamp bags” labeled with the words “Theraflu,” “Bud Ice” and “Income Tax” at the scenes of the overdoses.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:17:48 +0000 Liz Reid 23483 at http://wesa.fm New Wellness Campaign Aimed at Making Allegheny County Healthiest in Nation http://wesa.fm/post/new-wellness-campaign-aimed-making-allegheny-county-healthiest-nation <p>Live Well Allegheny is a new initiative aimed at promoting health and wellness throughout Allegheny County.</p><p>The effort was launched Tuesday by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, members of the county Board of Health and Health Department Director Karen Hacker.</p><p>Fitzgerald said while the Pittsburgh region ranks high on national lists for things such as livability and academia, it could also be a leader in healthy living.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:35:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23131 at http://wesa.fm New Wellness Campaign Aimed at Making Allegheny County Healthiest in Nation Karen Hacker Enthusiastic About New Direction of Public Health in Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/karen-hacker-enthusiastic-about-new-direction-public-health-allegheny-county <p>As new Allegheny County Health <a href="http://www.achd.net/mainstart.html">Department </a>Director Karen Hacker comes into office, she faces a range of public health concerns. From smoking, obesity and air quality to green infrastructure and fracking issues, Dr. Hacker will be tackling a number of community health matters.</p><p>Many worry whether the department has the resources it needs to enforce all the state and county regulations under its purview, but Dr. Hacker says she has already received unique support from the public and from advocacy groups.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:24:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22819 at http://wesa.fm Karen Hacker Enthusiastic About New Direction of Public Health in Allegheny County New Grading System for Restaurant Safety in the Works in Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/new-grading-system-restaurant-safety-works-allegheny-county <p>If you want to know how your neighborhood sandwich shop or your favorite sushi restaurant fared on its last health department inspection, you can find that information online, but those reports can often be full of jargon and difficult to interpret.</p><p>Now, the Allegheny County Health Department is working to make that information easier to digest by implementing a four-tiered grading system for restaurant inspections.</p><p>Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the county health department, said they’re still figuring out how that grading process would work.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:41:05 +0000 Liz Reid 22551 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Health Department Celebrates Fracking Regulatory Victory http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-health-department-celebrates-fracking-regulatory-victory <p>The Allegheny County Health Department is celebrating a legislative victory that will allow them to more effectively monitor air and water pollution.</p><p>In December, County Council passed a law that requires companies performing hydraulic fracturing within the county to notify the Health Department as each phase of the process begins.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:14:48 +0000 Liz Reid 22543 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Health Department Begins Planning Obesity Prevention Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-health-department-begins-planning-obesity-prevention-campaign <p>Allegheny County’s new health department director is setting her sights on obesity prevention.</p><p>Dr. Karen Hacker, who joined the department last week, gave a presentation about ways to address obesity during Wednesday’s meeting of the Allegheny County Board of Health.</p><p>“I think it’s a national issue," Hacker said. "Somewhere between 30-40 percent of the population is in the overweight category, and I just believe there’s a lot a community can do and a lot a public health department can do.”</p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 16363 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Names Karen Hacker New Health Department Director http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-names-karen-hacker-new-health-department-director <p>After a national search, Allegheny County officials announced Friday that Dr. Karen Hacker has been chosen as the new director of the Allegheny County Department of Health.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 20:48:22 +0000 WESA Staff 10581 at http://wesa.fm