Alumni News

UI students develop app to improve public speaking

CPH alumnus Nico Aguilar and current CPH student Anthony Pham are co-founders of Speeko, a voice analytics company that uses artificial intelligence to help people avoid embarrassing public speaking experiences by measuring and improving their verbal communication skills. As a team, the two have pitched their way to start-up success at a number of university and international entrepreneurial competitions. (Iowa Now) Published January 24, 2019

Alumna Josie Rudolphi named 2019 Rural Health Fellow

Josie Rudolphi (17PhD), an associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, has been recognized as an emerging health leader with her selection as a 2019 Rural Health Fellow by the National Rural Health Association. She will spend this year advocating for increased availability and accessibility of mental health care in rural areas, specifically for agricultural populations. Published January 24, 2019

Nominations for 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards due Feb. 28

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2019 College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Awards. This award program recognizes outstanding alumni in two categories: first, recent graduates who have completed CPH programs within the past ten years and, second, other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers. Nominations are due Feb. 28. Published January 14, 2019

Alumna Michelle Niermann discusses new CEO role

On Jan. 1, Michelle Niermann (94MA) became president and CEO of UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids. Niermann said she aims to change the way the health system is reimbursed to provide better health outcomes for patients. "If those payment systems can transform, we think that we can deliver better health care and we think we can actually lower costs," she said. Published January 9, 2019

Alumna Tina Freese Decker featured in magazine profile

Alumna Tina Freese Decker (02MHA), president and CEO of Spectrum Health, was recently featured in the publication West Michigan Woman. Read more about her path to health care administration, work philosophy, and professional advice. "I want to make an impact and help people achieve better health. Good health is central to people living a happy, productive life," she says. Published December 20, 2018

John Corbeil named CEO of Kingwood Medical Center

Alumnus John Corbeil (12MHA), who has been the chief operating officer at HCA's Medical City Fort Worth since March 2016, has been named the new chief executive officer of HCA Houston Healthcare's Kingwood Medical Center, effective Jan. 14, 2019.  Published December 19, 2018

Iowa entrepreneurs pursue startup success

CPH alumnus Nico Aguilar (14MHA/MPH), along with current CPH student Anthony Pham (19MPH, 16MD, 11BS), are co-founders of Speeko, a startup company dedicated to improving people's communication skills. Their entrepreneurial journey began years ago when they met in class as undergraduates at the UI. Published November 6, 2018

Alumnus Jim Atty recognized as top young health care leader

CPH alumnus Jim Atty (09MHA), CEO of Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, was recently named the recipient of the Iowa Hospital Association's Young Executive Achievement Award.   Published October 31, 2018

Alumnus Brett Norell named president and CEO of Holy Family Memorial

Alumnus Brett Norell (01MHA/MPH) has been named president and CEO of Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis . Norell joined HFM in May 2015 and has been serving as interim-CEO since April 2018. Published October 2, 2018

What are the health effects of growing up as a military kid?

The children of U.S. service members grow up under unique circumstances, experiencing numerous moves, frequent changes in schools and friends, and long separations from deployed parents. These challenges caused sisters Cassidy Watson and Kelsey Schertz -- self-described "military brats" – to wonder about the health outcomes of military children. Now in their mid-20s, Watson and Schertz were both drawn to the field of public health. Watson (18MPH) recently graduated from the University of Iowa and Schertz is an MPH candidate at the University of Minnesota. Published September 4, 2018

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