CPH student discusses her role as a contact tracer

CPH student Madison Snitker recently discussed her work as a contact tracer with Johnson County Public Health. The job is one way she can directly help out during the pandemic. "I wanted to do something proactive where I could make an impact on my community," Snitker said. (KWWL) Published January 5, 2021

From the Front Row: Discussing Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program

In this week's episode, Emma and Steve talk to Owen Parker (15MPH in OEH), program manager for the Office of Medical Cannabidiol at the Iowa Department of Public Health. They discuss the issues surrounding medical cannabinoid use in Iowa, and policy and public health implications of its legalization. Published December 18, 2020

Thank you, UI faculty and staff, for continuing to rise to the challenge Published December 17, 2020

Parker comments on COVID vaccines, continued precautions

As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines begins, Edith Parker, dean of the UI College of Public Health and a member of the IDPH's Infectious Disease Advisory Council, says it's important to wear masks and continue to social distance while vaccines are being distributed. For those hesitant about the vaccine, she added, "I am confident that the trials were done properly and with the utmost integrity." (Iowa State Daily) Published December 17, 2020

IPRC request for pilot research project proposals

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. The center is particularly interested in interdisciplinary pilot projects with a focus on injuries in rural contexts; however all injury and violence prevention and control projects will be considered. Applications are due March 12, 2021. Published December 16, 2020

Income support programs save lives and promote health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Policies for Action program has released new research that shows how income support programs do more than just reduce income inequality – they also improve health and health equity, making them more critical than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. George Wehby, CPH professor of health management and policy, was co-principal investigator of one of the studies that examined the effects of minimum wage on child health. Published December 16, 2020

Ward to co-chair national rural telehealth committee

Marcia M. Ward, professor of health management and policy, has been selected as a member and co-chair of National Quality Forum's Rural Telehealth and Healthcare System Readiness Committee. Published December 16, 2020

Alumna Carol Ayangbile: Making a Positive Impact

A hospital stay can be a stressful experience, but alumna Carol Ayangbile (13MHA) strives to make it as smooth as possible. Find out how the desire to help others drew Ayangbile to health care administration, how her MHA degree from Iowa opened career doors, and how she supports underserved communities. Published December 15, 2020

Gain confidence as an advocate with Share Public Health

In the weeks leading up to Iowa's legislative session, the Midwestern Public Health Training Center is releasing a four-episode podcast series to help listeners gain confidence and skills to advocate more effectively. We talk with advocacy veterans, public health professionals, and elected officials from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. Published December 11, 2020

University of Iowa to implement asymptomatic COVID-19 screening

At a faculty senate meeting, CPH assistant professor of biostatistics Dan Sewell and professor of internal medicine and pathology Dan Diekema said the UI plans to expand surveillance testing and screening at the university, emphasizing the importance to test more than just symptomatic students. (Daily Iowan) Published December 10, 2020