Alumni News

Alumnus Blake Smith reflects on Peace Corps experience in Swaziland

Alumnus Blake Smith (16MPH) is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Swaziland, where he's involved in many different projects, from HIV prevention and support programs at a rural clinic, to assisting with the creation of the local school's first library. Published November 16, 2017

Study finds no firm cancer link to popular weedkiller

A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the herbicide and cancer. The research team was led by CPH alumna Laura Beane-Freeman (99MS, 03PhD) and included Charles Lynch, CPH professor of epidemiology. (Reuters) Published November 9, 2017

Breon to retire from Spectrum Health

CPH alumnus Richard Breon (MA80), president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, recently announced he will retire in 2019 after 17 years at the helm of the system. Prior to joining Spectrum, Breon was president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., and CEO of Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Published October 19, 2017

Alum Chris Klitgaard credits company’s success to workplace culture

MediRevv is celebrating 10 years in business this year and the company's leader predicts faster growth and expanded offerings in the next decade. CEO and CPH alumnus Chris Klitgaard (99MHA) credits the company's success in part to a culture that balances hard work with flexible scheduling and opportunities to give back. Published September 20, 2017

Alum joins pulmonology and critical care medicine team

J. David Cowden has joined the pulmonology and critical care medicine team that will be caring for patients when UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado, opens later this summer. Cowden earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a master's degree in epidemiology in 1999 from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Published July 12, 2017

Bakken to join MCW Pharmacy School faculty

Alumna Brianne Bakken will join the Medical College of Wisconsin Pharmacy School in August 2017 as assistant director of experiential education and assistant professor. Bakken received a PharmD degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2015 and a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2017. Published June 28, 2017

Boysen named president/CEO of Samaritan Health Services

Alumnus Doug Boysen (98MA) will step into the role of president/CEO of Samaritan Health Services in Oregon in January 2018. Boysen currently serves as Samaritan’s Chief Administrative Officer. Published June 27, 2017

Alumnus Streed honored with award from APIC

CPH alumnus Stephen Streed (75MS in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health) will receive the prestigious Carole DeMille Achievement Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Streed is the system director of epidemiology/infection prevention at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida. Published June 15, 2017

Alumnae address injury and violence prevention in their work

Since graduating from the UI College of Public Health last year, three alumnae who worked with the UI Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) are now employed in areas of violence and injury prevention. Read about Lizzy Mello, Maisha Toussaint, and Leah Wentworth's work evaluating sexual violence prevention programs for a state health department, identifying soldiers with PTSD and depression for the U.S. military, and surveilling alcohol and drug use for one of the largest U.S. city health departments.  Published June 2, 2017

Alumna Stephanie Kliethermes talks about finding her strengths as a student

Alumna Stephanie Kliethermes (09MS, 13PhD) talks about her experience with biostatistics faculty mentors who helped her identify her strengths as a student. Published May 23, 2017


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