Alumni News

Alum Kent Lehr leads strategy, business development at UnityPoint Health Ventures

Alumnus Kent Lehr (09MHA) is VP of strategy and business development at UnityPoint Health Ventures, where he leads the company's new Innovation Fund. In this role, he leads the formation and deployment of system strategy, growth, innovation, business development, and project management efforts.  Published June 19, 2019

Alumna Mayra Coronado Garcia puts data skills to work

Alumna Mayra Coronado Garcia (18MPH) joined The OMNI Institute in Denver, Colorado, as a researcher in March 2019. She will focus on data analysis and management as well as report development. "My goal is to produce reports on a big scale. We create so many reports now that look at large populations, I want to make sure we can break down the data for sub-groups so it is more digestible for smaller populations," she says. Published May 15, 2019

CPH researchers contribute to case studies of NGO health programs

College of Public Health researchers have contributed to a series of case studies that describe the impact of long-term projects on health systems in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Malawi. The studies examine integrated community case management programs implemented in the three countries by the international non-governmental organization Save the Children. William Story, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and CPH alumni Emily Hejna (17MPH) and Elijah Olivas (19MPH) contributed to the reports. Published May 14, 2019

Alumnus helps translate UI commencement for a global audience

Since 2014, volunteers have translated UI commencement ceremonies into Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Spanish, and Farsi. CPH alumnus Ali Al-Jumaili (17PharmD/MPH) translated four graduate commencement ceremonies into Arabic. "We wanted our Arabic-speaking people around the world to hear about this great university, which has a very inclusive and diverse culture," he says. "I wanted other Arabic students around the world to come to the University of Iowa, have a chance to complete their studies there, and have a similar experience to mine." Published May 2, 2019

Alumnus Greg Woods finds creative ways to reach Iowa’s Alzheimer’s community

On any given day, Greg Woods, a program specialist with the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, is reaching out to help fellow Iowans cope with some of life's most challenging circumstances. Many of those Iowans meet Woods face-to-face, while some simply hear his voice on the airwaves. A 2015 graduate of the MPH program in community and behavioral health, Woods is based in the Alzheimer's Association's Fort Dodge office, serving 17 counties in north central Iowa. Published April 17, 2019

CPH alumna helps rehabilitate injured marine mammals

Lauren Palmer, a veterinarian who earned a Master of Public Health from Iowa in 2015, works at the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles. "I didn't want to leave my job to go back to school, so it worked out really well for me," says Palmer, who took most classes online but came to campus over two summers. "The classes helped me think about my animal population in a different way."  Published April 17, 2019

HMP alumna Adaeze Enekwechi named president of IMPAQ

Health Management and Policy alumna Adaeze Enekwechi (07PhD) has been named president of IMPAQ, the parent organization of three companies: IMPAQ International, a public policy research and analytics firm; Maher & Maher, a learning solutions provider; and ASCEND, a technology and information product company. As president, Enekwechi will oversee all program areas of IMPAQ's companies. Published April 5, 2019

Alumna Michele Connelly Black honored for distinguished public health career

The Pleasant Valley Community School District has named CPH alumna Michele Connelly Black (87PhD) the recipient of the 2019 Pleasant Valley Community School District Wall of Honor Award, which recognizes distinguished graduates from Pleasant Valley High School. In 1988, Black was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service, which started her 25 year career as an epidemiologist at the CDC. Published April 2, 2019

Alumnus Nico Aguilar shares story about Speeko startup

Solon-raised entrepreneur Nico Aguilar (14MHA/MPH) has migrated to a much larger town, now working to develop his fledgling business from an office in downtown Chicago. His full-time energies are focused on Speeko, a technology company that is building an innovative product to help people improve their public speaking skills, using only their smartphone. Published March 15, 2019

In pursuit of excellence: Q&A with sports medicine researcher Stephanie Kliethermes

College of Public Health alumna Stephanie Kliethermes (09MS, 13 PhD in biostatistics) is the research director at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). She also is an assistant professor in the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kliethermes recently answered a few questions about her path to sports medicine research and current work at the AMSSM, including a focus on youth early sports specialization. Published March 4, 2019


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