Mueller testifies at Senate hearing on rural health care

On May 24, Keith Mueller, interim dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and director and chair of RUPRI’s Rural Health Initiatives, testified at a United States Senate Finance Committee Public Hearing on rural health. The hearing focused on challenges and opportunities in rural health care delivery.

Afifi named interim head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health

portrait of Rema AfifiDr. Rema Afifi has accepted the appointment to serve as interim head of the college’s Department of Community and Behavioral Health, effective June 1.

Afifi is an outstanding teacher and researcher who provides proven leadership in academic and practice arenas. She is currently leading the department’s development of new strategic priorities, which makes her an ideal candidate to serve in this interim capacity.

A nationwide search to identify a new permanent head of community and behavioral health will commence this summer.

Afifi engages in public health research and practice with intent to promote social, community, and policy environments conducive to well-being. Whenever possible, she uses methods of Community Based Participatory Research; applies an ecological lens to the understanding of the issues; engages multiple disciplines to widen the perspectives on any topic; and emphasizes knowledge transfer of research to practice and policy. She is specifically interested in intervention and implementation science.

Park Road Bridge closed for the summer starting May 14

The Park Road Bridge near Hancher Auditorium, which connects Park Road to North Dubuque Street, will close this summer from May 14 to Aug. 17, according to a release from the city of Iowa City. Drivers who use the bridge will need to seek alternate routes and allow for extra travel time as delays will occur.

The closure is part of Iowa City’s Gateway Project, a construction effort to replace the Park Road Bridge and elevate North Dubuque Street by 10 feet. Designed to reduce traffic problems resulting from flooding, the project began in May 2016 and the city anticipates it to be complete this year.

To maintain service during the closure, University of Iowa Parking and Transportation will adjust CAMBUS routes and schedules beginning May 12.

Access to Hancher Auditorium, Upper and Lower City Parks, and City Park Pool will remain open. The city of Iowa City advises drivers to use Riverside Drive and Park Road from the west. The East Hancher Access Road is expected to be closed until July 24.

Access to Mayflower Residence Hall, as well as homes and apartments adjacent to North Dubuque Street, will be maintained through the remaining construction.

Pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the Iowa River will be detoured to the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge.

City of Iowa City news release with maps

Cambus changes and maps

Thorne recognized with Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

A portrait of Peter Thorne of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health, has been awarded a 2018 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education. The University of Iowa will select up to six faculty members each year to receive this award and will award each recipient a $1,000 one-time stipend.

The recipients are announced in the spring and the award is presented in the fall semester.

Congratulations, Peter!