CPHSA blood drive is Nov. 30

Blood donation illustrationThe College of Public Health Student Association is partnering with DeGowin Blood Center to host a blood drive.

Thursday, Nov. 30
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
C217 CPHB  (Prybil Conference Room)

Sign up now to reserve a time to donate!

Successful donors will receive a t-shirt!


Celebrate National Rural Health Day Nov. 16

National Rural Health Day Logo In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) created National Rural Health Day as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services.

Take Part

This year’s national events will highlight the Power of Rural. Here are a few ways to join in:

CPH and Rural Health

In the College of Public Health, three Collective Areas of Excellence — Rural Health, Comparative Effectiveness Research, and Community Engagement — inform collegiate growth and innovation in research, academics, and outreach for public health impact.

We’re proud to be home to numerous experts, centers, studies, and projects that focus on the health and well-being of rural populations. Here’s just a sample of some of our recent work:

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: david-gould@uiowa.edu. 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 Ian-Montgomery@uiowa.edu.

College will honor 2017 Iowa Public Health Heroes Nov. 29

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is recognizing three leaders whose contributions across a range of disciplines are helping to promote better health and prevent disease throughout the state of Iowa.

The 2017 Iowa Public Health Heroes Awards will be presented to Linda Kalin of Sioux City, executive director of the Iowa Poison Control Center; Julie Stephens of Cedar Rapids, public health emergency preparedness and disaster recovery specialist at Linn County Public Health; and Denise Wheeler of Des Moines, family planning coordinator and Title X director at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The award recipients will be honored Wednesday, Nov. 29, at a Spotlight Series event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium (N110) in the College of Public Health Building. The recipients will give brief remarks then participate in a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.

The annual Iowa Public Health Heroes Awards recognize exceptional efforts by individuals from diverse career paths who have worked to improve health and wellness throughout Iowa. Award recipients are nominated by their peers in the Iowa public health practice community.

“These outstanding public health professionals are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Iowans,” says College of Public Health Interim Dean Keith Mueller. “Their work makes the state stronger in emergency preparedness efforts, family planning education and services, and poisoning prevention and control, including responding to the growing opioid crisis.”

Additional information about the 2017 Iowa Public Health Heroes Award recipients follows.

portrait of Linda KalinLinda Kalin began her career as an emergency room nurse and in 1989 became Iowa’s first Certified Specialist in Poison Information. She was instrumental in the development of the statewide poison control center established in 2000. Since that time, Kalin has effectively expanded the scope, reach, and impact of the Iowa Poison Control Center (IPCC), which provides emergency advice about poisons and leads the state in providing information about poisoning prevention and control. In recent years, the IPCC has become a leading state agency in identifying and responding to Iowa’s opioid and heroin overdose crisis. Kalin has held leadership and service positions in many national and local professional organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.  She is a frequent lecturer and speaker on topics involving drugs of abuse and general poison management and is an adjunct faculty member and preceptor for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Drake College of Pharmacy.

portriait of Julie StephensJulie Stephens has worked for Linn County Public Health (LCPH) since 2003 and has been in her current position of public health emergency preparedness and disaster recovery specialist since 2009. She emphasizes collaboration and strives to bring different public health disciplines together around a common goal. She demonstrated leadership and expertise during the Linn County floods of 2008 and 2016, and during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. She co-chairs the Epi Team at LCPH and serves as a leader and the fiscal agent for the 6A Preparedness Coalition. She provides leadership for the Linn County Medical Reserve Corps, Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster, Iowa’s Mortuary Operational Response Team, the state’s Highly Infectious Disease workgroup, and has served on several National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) workgroups. Stephens previously served on the NACCHO Preparedness Planning, Outcomes, and Measures workgroup and currently serves on the Incident Management workgroup.

portrait of Denise WheelerDenise Wheeler has been the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Family Planning Coordinator and Title X Director since 2009. She has expertly guided family planning services for Iowa families during a period of major change in the health system. As part of her role, she has been a voice for women, families, and adolescents seeking reproductive care and education. She is active at the local, regional and national level ensuring quality care for all Iowans. Before coming to IDPH, Wheeler spent the first 25 years of her professional career serving the communities of Des Moines and Ames as a nurse midwife and educator. Her contributions to the field of family planning extend beyond Iowa and include participation in key Office of Population Affairs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention groups. She continues to be a resource for federal agencies and national organizations concerned about the challenges at the local and state levels, as well as implications for safety net programs such as Title X.

More information about the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award is available at https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/public-health-heroes/.

MHA program receives innovation grant

The University of Iowa’s Master of Health Administration program will receive a $3,360 innovation grant from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Aramark as a part of a new program to recognize initiatives that support participation of health care management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities.

Dan Gentry
Dan Gentry

“We are very pleased to receive this grant along with so many other prestigious CAHME accredited programs,” says Dan Gentry, clinical professor of health management and policy and director of Iowa’s MHA program.

According to Gentry, the UI program will use the funding to help cover the costs associated with sending student teams to national case competitions and efforts to build additional opportunities for students to learn and work together and with other health professions students in the areas of interprofessional education, diversity and inclusion, and community volunteerism.

This is the first year for the CAHME/ARAMARK innovation grants and, due to the large number of high-quality applications, grant administrators expanded the number of recipients from four to eight.

“When CAHME and Aramark announced the grant program earlier this year, we knew we wanted to recognize innovative ideas in improving graduate healthcare management education,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME. “It was gratifying to have so many applications for support, and we are grateful for Aramark’s generosity in expanding the number of winners.”

Applications for the next round of grants will be available in the summer of 2018.

Bao to talk about link between plastic containers, obesity at Science Cafe

A portrait of Assistant Professor Wei Bao of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, will present “The Link Between Plastic Food Containers and Obesity” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Everybody’s Whole Foods in Fairfield, Iowa.

His talk is part of the Science Cafe series sponsored by the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.