Alumni News

Alumnus named president and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has named Andy Barth (06MHA) as the next president and CEO. He will begin serving in this role on March 29, 2021. Published February 24, 2021

Freese Decker named among Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare

Alumna Tina Freese Decker (02MHA) has been named among the 2021 Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. Freese Decker is president and CEO of Spectrum Health. Published February 24, 2021

Nominations for 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards due March 5

The College of Public Health is accepting nominations for its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards. This award program recognizes outstanding alumni in two categories: first, recent graduates who have completed College of Public Health programs within the past ten years and, second, other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers. Published January 12, 2021

Iowa alumnus John Corbeil reflects on health care administration career

Alumnus John R. Corbeil (12MHA) is the chief executive officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood in Houston, Texas. He recently discussed what drew him to health care administration, what advice he has for students, how his workplace is responding to COVID-19, and more.  Published January 11, 2021

Discussing reproductive justice with attorney and advocate Stephanie Kraft Sheley

In this episode of "From the Front Row: Student Voices in Public Health," Alex and Steve talk about the issues surrounding reproductive justice with attorney, advocate, and University of Iowa alumna Stephanie Kraft Sheley (16JD/MHA). They touch on the maternal mortality crisis, reproductive rights, abortion, and issues of race and poverty. Published January 7, 2021

Recent biostats alumna develops model to improve clinical trials process

Recent biostatistics graduate Alexandra Curtis (20PhD, 17MS) developed a statistical model for determining the best doses of new drugs and treatments that balances safety and efficacy for patient subgroups. She'll continue to pursue interdisciplinary research at the pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company. Published January 6, 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

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

Farm equipment designed for men presents challenges for female farmers

Farming is a physically demanding job, no matter your body type. Women, however, are at a particular disadvantage when it comes to farming equipment. "These were designed for people of a certain weight and certain height… pretty much reflective of the male population in the United States,” says alumna Josie Rudolphi (17PhD), who researches agricultural safety and health. (Illinois Newsroom) Published November 18, 2020

Alumna Kari Harland receives Skorton Award for Staff Excellence

Congratulations to alumna Kari Harland (04MPH, 10PhD), who received the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service as part of the University of Iowa's 2020 Faculty and Staff Awards. Published November 18, 2020