CPH faculty, student honored at annual Finkbine Dinner

CPH faculty members Joe Cavanaugh and Keith Mueller and PharmD/MPH student Jasmine Mangrum were honored with awards at the University of Iowa’s annual Finkbine Dinner on April 11, 2017. Congratulations on their outstanding achievements!

Hancher-Finkbine Medallion

To recognize leadership, learning, and loyalty, the tradition of awarding Hancher-Finkbine Medallions was established in 1964. They are named for the founder of the Finkbine Dinner, William O. Finkbine, and for Virgil M. Hancher, a student guest at the first dinner who served for 24 years as president of the University, and who, to an unusual degree, exemplified the three characteristics for which the awards are given. Seven medallions are awarded annually, to four outstanding students, one professor, one staff member and a graduate who has attained special distinction.

Joseph Cavanaugh Hancher-Finkbine Medallion: Faculty Recipient

Joseph Cavanaugh, Professor and Head of Biostatistics
Hancher-Finkbine Medallion: Faculty Recipient

Jasmine Mangrum Hancher-Finkbine Medallion: Graduate/Professional Recipient
Jasmine Mangrum, Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health Student
Hancher-Finkbine Medallion: Graduate/Professional Recipient

Marion L. Huit Faculty Award

The Marion L. Huit Faculty Award was established in 1978 to recognize M. L. Huit’s outstanding dedication and service to students of The University of Iowa during his tenure as dean of students. The award is presented annually to a faculty member who best characterizes M. L. Huit’s contributions to University and community life. Dean Huit exemplified the qualities of dedication to, concern for, and interaction with students. The recipient is chosen each spring by the members of Mortar Board and ODK honor societies.

Keith J. Mueller: 2017 M.L. Huit Faculty Award











Keith J. Mueller, Gerhard Hartman Professor
and College of Public Health Interim Dean

M.L. Huit Faculty Award

Research Week 2017 poster award winners announced

CPH Research Week 2017 poster winners group photo

CPH Poster Awards


Elizabeth Jasper, Epidemiology: Gestational Age Prediction Using Metabolic Markers from Cord Blood

Patrick Brady, Community and Behavioral Health: I don’t actually know, I don’t know anything about how it works: A qualitative examination of members’ low awareness of a state health insurance program


Valerie Reeb, State Hygienic Laboratory: Comparative Methods for Isolation of High Quality Genomic DNA from Mycobacterium tuberculosis for Next Generation Sequencing

Center Poster Awards

Center on Aging

Emily Hejna, Community and Behavioral Health: Family Caregiving in Iowa Communities: Relationships between Community-Based Service Providers and Family.

Center for Health Policy & Research

Erin Mobley, Health Management and Policy: Identifying and Understanding the Gaps in Care Experienced by Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients at UIHC

Injury Prevention Research Center

Kayla Faust, Occupational and Environmental Health: Translating Research Concerning Reflective Farm Equipment Signage into Practice

Rural Policy Research Institute

Priyanka Vakkalanka, Epidemiology: Demographic, geographical, and temporal trends of severe sepsis in Iowa, CY 2005-2013

Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest

Susanne Flor, Occupational and Environmental Health: Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) And Heavy Metal Levels in Serum Associated With Occupational and Non-Occupational Exposures Among Eastern Iowa Construction Workers

Awards also supported by:

  • Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center
  • National American Indian and Alaska Native (AI & AN) Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)

HMP alumna Emma Ravenscroft earns ACHE student essay award

photo of Emma Ravenscroft
Emma Ravenscroft

Health Management and Policy alumna Emma Ravenscroft (MHA/MBA ’16) was recently named by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as one of the winners of its 2017 Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management.

As the recipient of the 3rd Place Prize in the Graduate Division, Ravenscroft will receive a $1,000 cash award and have the opportunity to present her paper at ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago at the end of March.

“This was a tremendous effort by Emma,” says Dan Gentry, UI clinical professor of health management and policy and director of the Master of Health Administration program. “This is a beautifully written, well-researched, and important paper. We are all very proud of her.”

Ravenscroft’s paper, “Analyzing the Impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) on the Hospital-Physician,” examines how MACRA, which represents the most sweeping change to physician payment in over two decades, functions as a driving force of the evolving hospital-physician relationship. Introducing financial risk to all stakeholders in the healthcare system, MACRA will require physicians and hospitals to evaluate collaborative relationships that were not previously considered in order to more closely integrate, both clinically and financially.

“On the brink of continued and uncertain reform, providers and hospitals are adjusting their behavior to keep pace with the strategic, operational, and financial demands of a rapidly shifting healthcare environment,” notes Ravenscroft.

The Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition allows future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession. It is open to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian health administration programs that are part of ACHE’s Higher Education Network. The competition was named in honor of ACHE’s fourth CEO, Richard J. Stull.