CPH hosts Mental Health First Aid Training Course

mental health first aid logoThe College of Public Health recently hosted the Mental Health First Aid Training Course. Julie Baker and Nancy Adrianse, both with the Iowa Primary Care Association in Urbandale, provided the 8-hour training. Diane Rohlman, associate professor of occupational and environmental health, with support from the CPH Diversity Committee, organized the training as part of her Topics in Agricultural and Rural Health course, which focused on mental health in rural areas this semester.

In addition to raising awareness about different types of mental illness, the Mental Health First Aid course provides participants with the key skills and resources necessary to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. These skills and resources include the identification of risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, as well as a 5-step action plan to help a person in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.

In attendance were 25 University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students who received certification in Mental Health First Aid upon completion of the training. Participants represented the Departments of Occupational and Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Public Health Administration, and Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health, as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

According to a post-training survey, 92 percent of respondents said that they found the training useful and 100 percent would recommend the training to others. Some feedback included: “The Mental Health First Aid course was very informative and I suggest it be added to the curriculum for all first-year students,” and “I think the information is useful to those who have no background in any of the mentioned mental health topics. This is useful as a basic primer. Though this should be mandatory for all faculty and staff.”

For more information about Mental Health First Aid, please visit their website at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/.

 

Students honored at Center for Diversity and Enrichment Graduation Reception

Three College of Public Health students were honored May 9 at the 2018 Center for Diversity and Enrichment Graduation Reception: Christine Kava, Lauren Pass, and Dana Van Der Heide. The event honors the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduating underrepresented students.

Dean’s Achievement Award – College of Public Health

A portrait of Christine Kava of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Christine Kava is a December 2017 PhD graduate from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. As a student, she was an integral member of the Health Equity Advancement Lab and made significant contributions through her work as a research assistant with the Active Ottumwa project. Christine has recently been hired as a research associate scholar at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

 

 

Student Leadership Awards

A portrait of Lauren Pass of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Lauren Pass will be earning a Master of Public Health in community and behavioral health. She was a founding member of the student organization LGBTQ Advocates for Public Health Equity. The organization was formed to provide education and resources to the college in order to advance the status of LGBTQ health. She served as president of the Advocates and helped organize the university’s first LGBTQ health symposium in April 2017. After graduation, she intends to continue her work in community engagement, organization, and research on LGBTQ health needs.

 

Dana Van Der Heide is earning her MD/MPH. She served as a leader with the Carver College of Medicine LGBTQ and allies student group MEDIQS and represented the organization at multiple state and national conferences. After graduation, Dana will begin her surgery residency at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Baquero honored with UI Diversity Catalyst Award

A portrait of Barbara Baquero of the Department of Community and Behavior Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Barbara Baquero, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health and deputy director of the UI Prevention Research Center, was honored April 11 with a University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award.

Sponsored by the Chief Diversity Office and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Diversity Catalyst Awards are designed to honor faculty or staff members, programs or departments, and students or student organizations engaged in diversity initiatives during the previous academic year that have promoted the development of an inclusive, diverse campus community at the University of Iowa.

Baquero conducts community and behavioral health research guided by the community-based participatory research principles and the social-ecological framework. The focus of her research has been on reducing and eliminating health disparities for Latino immigrants in the U.S. through identifying, understanding, implementing and evaluating interventions that incorporate social, cultural and structural factors associated with obesity and chronic disease prevention and control. She is also a member of the Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL), which promotes equitable health through research, practice, and community engagement, with a particular emphasis on communities in the state of Iowa.

Congratulations, Barbara!

Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa conference is June 8

Diverse, Multi-Ethnic Group Of PeopleThe College of Public Health is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 2018 Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa Conference.

Date & Location:  Friday, June 8, 2018 |  7:15 AM – 4:30 PM  | College of Public Health Building, Iowa City, IA

Intended Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Public Health Professionals, Dentists, Health Educators, Health Administrators, Health Science Students. All personnel who provide health care services to diverse populations.

Conference Goal: To educate Iowa’s health care providers about the importance of providing culturally responsive and competent care; to improve access to quality health care; and to reduce health disparities.

Continuing Education Credit will be provided.

Information and registration:

https://uiowa.cloud-cme.com/aph.aspx?P=5&EID=19628

Or go to:  https://medicine.uiowa.edu/cme/ and click on Upcoming Programs

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person
with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the
Continuing Medical Education Division in advance at 319-335-8599.

Gentry appointed to ACHE’s LGBT Forum Committee

Dan GentryDan Gentry, clinical professor of health management and policy and director of the Master of Health Administration Program, has been appointed to the LGBT Forum Committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The forum enhances representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health care executives and promotes high-quality care for LGBT individuals and their families.

International panels will address breast cancer in Asia

All are invited to two public panels featuring a medical and  anthropology delegation from the National University of Singapore and the National Museum of Denmark, who will speak about an international and inter-disciplinary project to study the hurdles which women across Asia face in early presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Meanings: Journeys across Asia

Monday, April 23 |  3:30 – 5 pm | 1117 University Capitol Centre

Breast cancer is now the most common and fast-growing cancer among women in most Asian countries. This University of Iowa Anthropology Seminar with panelists (see below) will present conversations across Asia with breast cancer patients, their caregivers, traditional healers as well as ordinary people on the subject of breast cancer meanings.

Choosing to Die: A Global Look at the Impact of Cultural Norms on the Choices Women Make in Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, April 24 | 3 – 4:30 pm | 1117 University Capitol Centre

Panelists will discuss details of their recent international, interdisplinary pilot study focused on the hurdles women across Asia seem to face when diagnosed with breast cancer. Moderated by Dr. Resmiye Oral, UI Carver College of Medicine.

Panelists include:

Mikael Hartman
Senior consultant in division of general surgery (breast surgery) at National University Hospital and head of Breast Cancer Prevention Program of the School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Wong Mee Lian
Professor of public health, School of Public Health and School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Jenny Liu
Manager of the Breast Cancer Prevention Program, School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen
Anthropologist, modern history and world cultures, National Museum of Denmark

Cynthia Chou
Professor of Anthropology and C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair of Asian Studies, University of Iowa

Sponsored by International Programs, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization

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 Sarolta Petersen at sarolta-petersen@uiowa.edu (319) 335-3862

Journalist Maria Hinojosa will present ‘Eliminating Disparities’ April 2

The College of Public Health is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 12th Annual Latinx in Action Week Honoring César Chávez. This year’s keynote speaker will be award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. She will present “Elminating Disparities” on Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB). Before her talk, a reception will be held from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in the CPHB atrium.

As the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA, NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program, and anchor and executive producer of the PBS show America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

In nearly 30 years as a journalist, Hinojosa has worked for CNN, PBS, CBS, WNBC, and WGBH. She has reported hundreds of important stories—from the immigrant work camps in NOLA after Katrina, to teen girl victims of sexual harassment on the job, to Emmy Award-winning stories of the poor in Alabama. In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, an independent, nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diversity of the American experience. Futuro Media is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media.

photo of Maria Hinojosa

Baquero discusses her work on health disparities

Barbara Baquero, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health, recently spoke to Public Health Minute about her work focusing on community-based health behavior interventions to reduce health inequalities related to obesity and cancer among Latinos in low-resource communities.

Celebrate Black History Month with free movies in February

In celebration of Black History Month, the College of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be showing three movies/documentaries.

All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB).

Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 13

13th film poster13th
In this thought-provoking documentary by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists, and policticians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

 

 

Thursday, February 22

Hidden Figures film posterHidden Figures
Hidden Figures tells the story of brilliant African American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 28

I am not your negro film coverI Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

HEAL presents ‘The Science of Health Equity Summit’ April 5

The University of Iowa’s Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) is presenting the Second Annual Science of Health Equity Summit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 5 at the College of Public Health Building.

HEAL’s mission is to promote health equity through community engaged public health research and practice, with a particular emphasis on communities in the state of Iowa and Midwest region that experience inequities. HEAL’s Annual Science of Health Equity Summit will highlight current evidence-based health equity work being done here at the University of Iowa as well as by our colleagues at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, and the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in Minneapolis-St. Paul, among others.

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Schedule of events

The summit will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 5 at the College of Public Health Building at the University of Iowa.

  • 9 -10:20 a.m. Welcome and student poster presentations (CPHB Atrium)
  • 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. The Secrets of Making the Science of Health Equity Work: Community and Academic Perspectives on Ensuring Health Equity (CPHB C217)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Gaining the Edge: A Lightning Round of Field-based Health Equity Research (CPHB C217)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Kathleen Call, Professor of the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, and Farhiya Farah, a Senior Consultant at GlobeGlow Consulting and Research, Inc in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  Using Community Based Participatory Research to Help Advance Public Health Policy (CPHB N110)

Welcome and Student Poster Presentations (9 – 10:20 a.m.)

The day will start with student poster presentations in the CPHB Atrium.  Posters presented at this event will focus on the current groundbreaking work students at the University of Iowa and other surrounding universities are doing to advance the field of health equity.

If you are a current University student and would like to present at this event, please respond to our call for abstracts.  To be considered for entry in the poster session, abstracts must be submitted by March 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.  Please send all questions pertaining to poster abstracts to rebecca-bucklin@uiowa.edu. While guests or the summit enjoy the poster session, free light refreshments and coffee will be available.

The Secrets of Making the Science of Health Equity Work: Community and Academic Perspectives on Ensuring Health Equity (10:30 – 11:20 a.m.)

Following the poster presentation in the CPHB Atrium, Dr. Paul Gilbert will moderate a panel of community public health practitioners and academics in C217. This panel will focus on providing a mixture of community and academic experience on previous work focused on increasing health equity in communities. This discussion will focus specifically on the practical implications of working with and in communities to ensure the promotion of health equity. Panelist names and bios will be released at a future date.

Gaining the Edge: A Lightning Round of Field-based Health Equity Research (11:30 AM-12:20 PM)

The research lightning round will consist of brief individual presentations provided by HEAL research staff on the research they are currently undertaking and how this research pertains to the field of health equity.  Speakers will present for around 10 minutes with some time left at the end of their presentations for questions.  This lightening round will take place in CPHB C217.


Becky Bucklin is a Research Assistant at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.  She received her MPH from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Community Behavioral Health and her BS in Nutrition and Wellness from Bradley University.  Her work focuses on applying the principles of health equity put forward by the HEAL program to ensure the CBPR projects she manages move forward equitably. Specific areas of study involve physical activity promotion, healthy retail interventions, and falls prevention programming for underserved populations in the state of Iowa. She works in conjunction with community stakeholders and members within intervention communities to identify and reduce barriers to health promotion programs, which, in turn, reduces current health inequities that exist in rural and minority populations within the state.


Portrait of Angelique Foye of the Kansas City Health Equity Advancement LabAngelique Foye is a Research Assistant II at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her MS from the Purdue University Northwest Behavioral Science Department in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received dual BS degrees in Psychology and Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. Her work focuses on managing and implementing CBPR research projects to break the intergenerational cycle of toxic stress by enhancing capacity of caregivers to promote resilience in children at-risk for lifelong health problems. Her work also focuses on assisting with building community-engaged capacity efforts with the 2Gen Thrive Community Action Board.


A photo of Adriana Maldonado of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Adriana Maldonado is a doctoral student in the department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She received her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University San Marcos and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from San Diego State University. Her work focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive health disparities for Latino immigrants in the United States and identifying areas for action. Specific topics of study include hypertension, physical activity, healthy retail interventions, and housing inequalities for populations at risk in the state of Iowa. She is currently working in the implementation of an intervention to promote physical activity among Latinas and a qualitative study to understand barriers and facilitators to proper hypertension management among Latinos residing in a micropolitan city.


Portrait of Nicole Novak, postdoctoral research scholar at the Prevention Research Center in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Nicole Novak is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Prevention Research Center in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.  She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University in Michigan and a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She conducts epidemiologic and community-engaged research on health and health equity, particularly with regard to psychosocial stress, race and racialization, immigration, and rural residence. Specific areas of study include the impacts of immigration enforcement on community health, the health implications of local policies that promote inclusion for people facing barriers to government-issued photo ID cards, and community-level influences on health and health equity in midsize rural communities. Nicole will share her experience conducting qualitative research in the mid-size community of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Kathleen Call and Farhiya Farah’s presentation on “Using Community Based Participatory Research to Help Advance Public Health Policy” (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

The keynote speakers for the Science in Health Equity summit are Drs. Kathleen Call and Farhiya Farah.  This talk will take place in CPHB N120 and will be a part of the College of Public Health’s Spotlight Series.  Their talk is titled “Using Community Based Participatory Research to Help Advance Public Health Policy.” This talk will take place in Callahan Auditorium in CPHB.

Portrait of University of Minnesota prof. Kathleen CallDr. Call graduated with her PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on access to health care and health insurance among disparity populations; how well health insurance translates into equitable access to health care, and developing community-driven solutions to overcome the barriers that people face to accessing health care. She is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and is the co-director of the School of Public Health’s Healthy Equity Work Group. Community advocate and consultant, Dr. Farhiya Farah, will join Dr. Call for this talk.

Portrait of Farah Farhiya, Senior Consultant at GlobeGlow Consulting and Research, Inc. Dr. Farah received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences and is a Senior Consultant at GlobeGlow Consulting and Research, Inc. in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Her work includes the provision of consulting services in multiple public health arenas including food safety training, ethnic food business, community based participatory research work, healthy homes and lead poison prevention policy, and grant Development. She has been very involved in her community and serves as a liaison between the Somali Community in Minneapolis-St. Paul area and the University of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Public Health Department, and other community groups and organizations in the area.

The speakers will describe community-engaged work they collaborated on to identify solutions to barriers to health care services for diverse cultural communities already enrolled in Minnesota’s public health insurance programs. Dr. Call will situate the barriers project on a continuum of community engagement, describe the structure and decision making processes adopted to balance of power and build trust, develop community-driven system level recommendations, and evidence of the project’s impact and sustainability. Dr. Farah will describe a food safety project focused on the Somali community in the Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2006, Minneapolis Health Department conducted a Multicultural story telling project that surfaced community assets and represented a long term engagement process between the Minneapolis Health Department and city residents from diverse cultural communities. It highlighted the values of inclusive policies and practices in overcoming barriers. The food safety project demonstrates critical knowledge gained through engagement and how that knowledge informed changes in city policies and practices that both improved public safety and ensured the success of local restaurants.

Register for The Science of Health Equity

Please register for this event by Wednesday, March 28, by filling out the form below.

Science of Health Equity Registration

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 Becky Bucklin at rebecca-bucklin@uiowa.edu or 309-678-2352.

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