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Bethlehem Haven Honors Dr. Holly Lassila

On November 28, Bethlehem Haven hosted a program in Duquesne University's Power Center Ballroom to honor community members who have been a source of hope for local women. Among those honored was faculty member, Dr. Holly Lassila, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Her commitment to her work with the community is a testament to Bethlehem Haven's core values of hospitality, compassion, integrity and their role of empowering women since 1981.

Bethlehem Haven is a local non-profit organization located in Pittsburgh's Uptown. They provide a number of services for area women, including emergency sheltering, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, meals, medical, dental as well as employment services in the Pittsburgh area. Their vision is to end homelessness through collaboration with the community and the people we serve.

Dr. Lassila is the administrator for Bethlehem Haven-Mylan School of Pharmacy's Academic Partners Program. The goal of the academic partners program is to develop relationships with the community is vital to advancing the teaching, research and service activities of the School.

"My mission is to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to practice in multidisciplinary real world environments," says Dr. Lassila whose focus of work is in Women's health.

The event was well attended with over 25 achievement awards given to residents of Bethlehem Haven and those who have supported their mission of providing care for homeless women. Following the reception, there was a tour of Bethlehem Haven's facilities located on the 3rd floor of the Miryam's building.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.