Anthony selected as editor in chief of JOEH

Renée AnthonyT. Renee Anthony, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, has been selected as the new editor in chief of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). Dr. Anthony, an associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, will take the reins January 1, 2018.

“Dr. Anthony is an accomplished industrial hygienist and scholar, and will be a great asset to JOEH. The Board of Directors and I are looking forward to helping Dr. Anthony implement the exciting vision she has proposed for JOEH,” said Rachael Jones, President of the Board of Directors of the JOEH, LLC.

Anthony has been working in environmental health and safety since 1988. She spent eight years in the pulp and paper industry, where she was a corporate industrial hygienist and a regional safety and health manager, before beginning her academic career at the University of Arizona. She joined the faculty at Iowa in 2009 and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. Her research includes studies of how particles enter the human respiratory system; aerosol sampler design and evaluation; and indoor air quality in swine concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). She currently directs the NIOSH-funded Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa.

“I look forward to helping JOEH enhance its recognition as a valued resource for evidence-based worker protection studies,” Anthony said. “We will continue the tradition of expanding the expertise of our scientists and practitioners in the fields of exposure assessment, risk analysis, and control methods. Articles incorporating technological innovations and emerging hazards, which demonstrate efficient and cogent strategies to protect workers, are essential to JOEH and its allied professional organizations. I aim to provide efficient, thorough peer reviews to make JOEH the first-choice journal for high quality research conducted in our field.”

In 2015, Anthony received AIHA’s Alice Hamilton Award in recognition of her lasting achievements in occupational and environmental hygiene.

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Faculty encouraged to take part in UI’s Theme Semester on sustainability

The University of Iowa’s spring 2018 Theme Semester will explore sustainability — meeting our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Sustainability is arguably the defining issue of our time. We hope to involve every faculty member on campus, and we need your help.

Here are three initial steps:

  1. Faculty Luncheon: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12:30-2 PM, at the Office of Sustainability (1650 University Capitol Centre). Associate Professor Rachel Marie-Crane Williams will lead a discussion on how to incorporate sustainability-related content into coursework. Rachel has a joint appointment between the School of Art and Art History and Gender Women’s and Sexuality Studies. To sign up for the event, please contact David Gould at: Space is limited, and lunch will be provided.
  2. Sustainability Teach-In: The week of Feb. 19 will be designated as a sustainability “teach-in.” Faculty are encouraged to integrate at least one activity, reading, or project into each of their spring classes. Please consider joining.
  3. Get Involved! If you’d like to be more involved in the Theme Semester, please contact David Gould; we’d love to hear from you!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Learn more about the spring 2018 Climate for Change Theme Semester!

— 2018 Theme Semester Committee


UI to offer new Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

The University of Iowa has launched a new certificate program to equip clinicians and administrators with core healthcare management skills.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, offered in the UI College of Public Health’s Department of Health Management and Policy, will provide foundational business skills to physicians, other clinicians, and managers. Up to 10 students will be accepted to the initial cohort, with classes beginning fall 2018.

Ian Montgomery, clinical associate professor of health management and policy and director of the Center for Healthcare Executive Studies and Services (CHESS), says the development of the Healthcare Management Certificate is a direct result of the success of the Top 10-ranked Executive Masters of Health Administration (EMHA) program.

“Prospective EMHA students sometimes ask if there is either an abbreviated version of that degree that focuses on core skills, or a way to try the EMHA curriculum on a limited, non-degree basis,” says Montgomery. “The new Healthcare Management Certificate does both.”

Over a period of 15 months, certificate students will complete five foundational, healthcare-specific courses from the Executive MHA curriculum: Management, Financial Reporting, Policy, Leadership, and Financial Management.

Certificate completion can count toward the credits needed for the Executive MHA program. Courses will be offered in five-week blocks from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays (first three courses) or Wednesdays (final two courses) at UI campuses in Iowa City and Des Moines.

For more information, contact Montgomery at

Stroke death rates continue to decline in Iowa

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a “Vital Signs” report indicating that after decades of decline, national progress in preventing stroke deaths has slowed. The report found stroke death declines have stalled in three out of every four states. Only 13 states saw stroke death rates continue to decrease steadily from 2000 to 2015. Iowa is one of those states.

“The Iowa stroke death rate dropped by 33 percent between 2005 and 2015,” said Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Health Systems Coordinator Terry Meek. “Since 2012, the Iowa stroke death rate has decreased enough to meet the national Healthy People 2020 objective of 34.8 per 100,000.” This decline is due, in part, to:

  • Education on stroke prevention information (knowing the signs and symptoms and immediately calling 911);
  • Expansion of more hospitals certified as Primary Stroke Centers;
  • Strengthening of stroke triage and care at the Comprehensive Stroke and Primary Stroke Centers in Iowa;
  • Changing EMS protocols to include immediate transfer of stroke patients to the closest and highest level of stroke center; and
  • Developing and implementing the Iowa Stroke Registry.

The Iowa Stroke Registry serves as a central system to collect, compile, and analyze state stroke data. IDPH, using funding from the CDC, contracted with the University of Iowa (UI) in 2009 to design and implement the registry. Last year’s legislation established the registry to maintain data collection and analysis of statewide stroke data.

“The overall intent of the Iowa Stroke Registry is to monitor causes of stroke and to shorten the time between the onset of symptoms and receipt of the best possible care available,” said Jim Torner, UI professor of epidemiology and member of the Iowa Stroke Task Force. “This in turn, will reduce overall stroke disability and increase the survival of stroke patients so they can return to once again productive lives.”

More information about the Iowa Stroke Registry is available online.

EPA bars scientists it funds from serving on its advisory boards

On Oct. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved to ban researchers who receive agency grants from serving on EPA advisory boards. “It’s a disturbing and short-sighted action,” says Peter Thorne, who chaired the agency’s main science advisory board until the end of September. Thorne, professor and head of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa, says that the board already has policies in place to deal with conflicts of interest. “I’m really baffled as to why this is necessary,” he says.

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