She succeeds Dr. Youmasa Siewe, who left the position for health reasons.
“There are so many opportunities here for collaboration,” Fiorentino said. “I really enjoy the challenge. This is a great model of interdisciplinary cooperation.”
Fiorentino has served on the Pitt-Bradford faculty since 1985. She most recently completed a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she also earned her doctorate and a Master of Science in Nursing.
In addition to her teaching duties, Fiorentino stays fit by ice skating and teaching ice skating as a physical education class at Pitt-Bradford.
The Center for Rural Health Practice is a collaboration of Pitt-Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh. Its current programs are the adolescent alcohol study and a program to bring Pitt medical students to Bradford for a family medicine rotation in a rural health setting.
Past projects for the center have included providing training for emergency responders throughout the state, performing community health assessments and coordinating a research site for the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia.
Fiorentino said she and the staff are currently brainstorming ways to provide rural health education and identifying potential partners for those projects.