Looking to the Future: Building Healthy Native Communities symposium is Nov. 14

“Looking to the Future: Building Healthy Native Communities” will take place Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB.

Registration, including online live broadcasting, is available online.

The symposium is hosted by the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center based in the College of Public Health.

2018 Symposium: Looking to the Future: Building Healthy Native Communities

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Video highlights community-based efforts to increase HPV vaccination

A new video from the University of Iowa’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) highlights community-based participatory research approaches that began in 2014 to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in the east central Iowa community of West Liberty. “Despierta a Tu Salud” (Wake Up to Your Health), a cancer prevention project for rural Latino communities, was developed in response to community concerns about cervical cancer.

Jason Daniel Ulloa, clinical assistant professor of community and behavioral health, led a team of UI students and community partners that included schools, churches, volunteers, and the UI Mobile Clinic. In the video, Daniel-Ulloa provides an overview of the project, emphasizing his commitment to community involvement and mentoring, and student researchers share their experiences.

First-generation conversations: Talking about college when you go home

First-Generation Conversations:
The Ups and Downs of Talking about Your College Experience When You Go Home

Thursday, November 8
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
S106 CPHB

Are you a student, faculty, or staff member who identifies as a first-generation college student? The College of Public Health invites you to a free lunch and conversation as part of the UI’s National First-Generation College Celebration.

With fall break around the corner, many students will be going home and visiting with family and friends. We’d like to provide the opportunity for students and others to discuss the struggles and joys of sharing what they are doing in college with people who may or may not be able to relate.

We will have a panel of first-generation graduate and undergraduate students to help us lead an informal discussion on the first-generation experience as it relates to communicating that experience to loved ones. A full lunch will be provided, so please be sure to RSVP at: http://bit.ly/CPHFirstGenConvoRSVP

first-generation at Iowa logoIf you are interested in serving as a student panelist, please email Katie McCullough at katie-mccullough@uiowa.edu

We look forward to a productive and inspiring conversation!

Find more National First-Generation College Celebration events here.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Public Health in advance at 319-384-1500.

LaMere to present ‘From Whiteclay to Iowa: Healing Revisited’ Nov. 14

Native American Heritage Month

“From Whiteclay to Iowa: Healing Revisited”
Wednesday, Nov. 14
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB)

portrait of Frank LaMereFrank LaMere is a noted Native American social and political activist from South Sioux City, NE.  He is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and is generally recognized as the chief architect of the twenty-year effort to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Whiteclay, NE onto the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Mr. LaMere is the chair of the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families (CINCF) in Sioux City, IA, the associate chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, a member of the Board of the Siouxland Community Health Center, a member of the Winnebago Health Board, the Mercy Medical Center Patient Advisory Council, and a member of Nebraskans for Peace. He is involved with the Siouxland Street Project Detox Committee in Sioux City that is tackling the need for detox and halfway house availability, alcohol and drug treatment, homelessness, and needed mental health services for Native and non-Native men and women on the streets of Sioux City, IA.

Mr. LaMere has been recognized on numerous occasions for his work in Whiteclay and on many social and political fronts. He has been honored with the Outstanding Peacemaker Award in 2001 by the Nebraskans for Peace, the War Eagle Human Rights Award by the Sioux City Human Rights Commission in 2011, the Good Apple Award by the NE Appleseed Center in 2015, and the FDR Award given by the Nebraska Democratic Party in 2017.  He was also honored in 2017 by Project Extra Mile for his Whiteclay work. He has also been honored by Jackson Recovery Center in Sioux City, Iowa, and the City of South Sioux City. In October he was honored for his outstanding community service by the Sioux City Police Department. He was also named Member of the Year in 2016 by the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

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Survey identifies strengths, problem areas for LGBTQ health in Iowa

A new report from a team of Iowa researchers summarizes the findings of a survey conducted last year about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGTBQ) individuals in Iowa.

The project was a collaborative of faculty and staff from the University of Iowa College of Public Health, One Iowa (an advocacy organization), the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and Des Moines University.

Paul Gilbert, lead researcher on the project and assistant professor of community and behavioral health at the University of Iowa, says that while there is national data that suggests important health disparities for LGBTQ populations, there has been scant attention to LGBTQ health in Midwestern states in general and very little available data on Iowa in particular.

“This project sought to develop detailed information that would inform future health services and research efforts,” Gilbert says.

According to Gilbert, the survey identified several strengths as well as some problem areas concerning the health of Iowa’s LGBTQ population. “On the positive side, we found that this population had high levels of health insurance coverage, general satisfaction with recent health care, low current smoking rates, and general feelings of safety and acceptance in the communities where respondents lived,” he says.

A portrait of Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Paul Gilbert

The survey also identified problem areas, such as unmet mental health needs, high levels of binge drinking, low perceived knowledge of LGBTQ health issues among health care providers, and ongoing experiences of discrimination.

“Some sub-groups, such as transgender people, had an excessive amount of health deficits,” Gilbert says. “They constitute a minority within a minority and should be a priority group for supportive services.”

The survey, which was anonymous, asked questions in six broad areas, including physical and mental health status, experiences using health care, substance use, social support and civic engagement, experiences of discrimination and victimization, and personal characteristics. A total of 567 individuals completed the online survey between June and November 2017.

While this study serves as an important starting point for researchers, the team has already begun the next phase of the project and is currently conducting focus group discussions to develop a deeper understanding of the health profiles and needs of LGBTQ Iowans.

The full report is available at https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LGBTQ-Health-in-Iowa-Summary.pdf

 

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

a soldier hugging his childThe 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. Their father, a pilot, served consecutive stints in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard over a period of 22 years that included more than 20 overseas deployments.

Based on their own experiences, Watson and Schertz co-authored an article that appeared in the July 2018 issue of the American Journal of Public Health titled, “What Becomes of America’s Military Brats?”

“Growing up in the military is both physically and mentally disruptive,” they write, listing many of the stressors military children face. “Over time and after multiple deployments, resilience can wear thin. Emerging evidence suggests that military children struggle with more mental health and behavioral problems than their civilian counterparts, particularly at times of deployment.”

Watson and Schertz go on to pose a number of questions about military children as they age out of dependent status and transition into civilian life.

“What are the late-stage effects of growing up as a military child? Do these experiences shape — negatively or positively — health and behavior outcomes or health care utilization in adulthood? And if so, are targeted interventions needed?” Watson and Schertz ask.

Currently the answers are unknown because there are no data. Once they are of age, children of service members aren’t tracked in medical records or registries, making it difficult to identify them. Military kids could number in the tens of millions, the authors estimate.

“In the sphere of public health, a robust evidence base is critical to identify knowledge gaps, propose interventions, and inform policy decisions,” Watson and Schertz write. “We hope to encourage dialogue that considers whether we might be missing an important part of the health disparity puzzle by not evaluating the long-term effects of growing up a military kid.”

Explore Global Public Health Week Sept. 17-21

global public health logoDiscover new opportunities and ideas during CPH Global Public Health Week! Learn about international research and practice, attend a study abroad fair, hear from expert speakers, and more!

Spotlight Series: Public Health Research and Practice in Georgia and Moldova
Sept. 17
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
C217 CPHB

Learn more about the current state of public health research and practice in the countries of Moldova and Georgia, as well as a sampling of their most pressing issues. Lunch provided. Presented by current Fogarty scholars:

  • Eka Burkadze | Tbilisi, Georgia | Tbilisi State University
  • Elena Gurghis | Chisinau, Moldova | Nicolae Testamitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Mobile Crisis Food Pantry Drive
Sept. 17-21

This year, the Global Public Health Week food drive will benefit the Mobile Crisis Food Pantry. Donations can be dropped in the bins available in the CPHB Atrium and the Interdisciplinary Studies office in the Communications Center any time during the week. See a list of suggested food items.

Study Abroad Fair
Sept. 18
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
University Capitol Centre, 2nd Floor

Don’t miss your chance to learn about over 200 study abroad opportunities! Whether you’re interested in studying abroad, doing research, or participating in an international internship there is something for you at the fair. You will be able to talk to study abroad advisors, faculty program directors, and even former student participants. All fair attendees will be entered to win a $500 scholarship to study abroad!

Meet-and-greet with Rick Johnston, Technical Office for World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme
Sept. 18
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
S162 (Dean’s Suite Conference Room) CPHB

Open to students, faculty, and staff. Rick Johnston leads the WHO half of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene. Before joining WHO in 2013 he worked at Eawag: the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and at UNICEF. He has over 25 years of experience on WASH in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on monitoring and drinking water quality. He graduated from Grinnell College and holds degrees in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals: Current Status and New Directions with Rick Johnston
Sept. 18
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
3655 Seamans Center

Rick Johnston leads the WHO half of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene. Before joining WHO in 2013 he worked at Eawag: the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and at UNICEF. He has over 25 years of experience on WASH in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on monitoring and drinking water quality. He graduated from Grinnell College and holds degrees in environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This guest lecture is presented by the College of Engineering Sustainable Water Development Program in conjunction with the College of Public Health Global Public Health Initiative.

Global Public Health Keynote Lunch
Sept. 19
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
College of Public Health Building, 1st Floor Atrium

Join College of Public Health faculty, staff, and students for a luncheon with keynote speaker Amy Maxmen prior to her Global Public Health Week keynote lecture. Lunch provided.

Spotlight Series: Harnessing Data in a Global Health Crisis with Amy Maxmen
Sept. 19
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
N110 CPHB

Global Public Health Week keynote speaker Amy Maxmen will discuss her work in global health crises and the struggle many aid organization face to track, analyze and respond to information fast enough to provide help. Ms. Maxmen is a senior reporter at Nature. Her science writing has been featured in Wired, National Geographic, the New York Times, Newsweek and other publications. She is a fellow at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, a partner of the University of Iowa. Selected works can be found at www.amymaxmen.com.

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship Information Session
Sept. 19
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
C217 CPHB

Learn more about the 2019 summer reporting fellowship with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. As a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, the University of Iowa College of Public Health and School of Journalism and Mass Communication partner to offer a summer global travel grant (fellowship) to a qualified student. The fellowships are open to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the College of Public Health (CPH) or the School of Journalism. Two fellowships are available for the 2019 summer term with a placement reserved for a student from each discipline. This information session is open to students in the UI College of Public Health and UI Adler School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Global Health Information Fair
Sept. 20
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
College of Public Health Building, 1st Floor Atrium

Visit with representatives from a variety of disciplines about opportunities to study abroad, opportunities for international experiential learning, and international fellowship and funding options within public health and the health sciences.

Global Poster Session
Sept. 20
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
College of Public Health Building, 1st Floor Atrium

Learn more about global and international research projects going on in public health and across campus.

MHIRT Program Information Session
Sept. 20
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
S162 (Dean’s Suite Conference Room) CPHB

Learn more about the MHIRT International Research Internship program. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, this program offers internship placements in public health and the health sciences for students in Romania and Armenia. All placements are full-funded and off a living stipend for eligible students. Learn more at cph.uiowa.edu/mhirt

 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sophie Switzer in advance at 319-384-4136 or sophie-switzer@uiowa.edu