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

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.

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.

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.”