CEPH accredits UI College of Public Health for seven-year term

Council on Education for Public Health logo (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral)The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors acted at its Sept. 7, 2018, meeting to accredit the University of Iowa College of Public Health for a seven-year term, with an interim report to be submitted in summer 2019 to address partially met criteria. The accreditation term extends until Dec. 31, 2025, pending the college’s continued documentation of compliance in accordance with CEPH’s reporting requirements.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your dedication and hard work in helping our college achieve this important milestone,” said Edith Parker, dean of the College of Public Health. “This successful accreditation decision was only possible because of the extraordinary faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and other supporters of this remarkable college. With your continued commitment, I am confident that we will be successful in all of our educational, research, and community engagement activities as we move forward to meet the public health challenges of the future.”

RUPRI’s Richgels discusses summertime experiences of rural children

Jocelyn Richgels, director of national policy programs for the Rural Policy Research Institute, was an invited panelist at a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine information gathering session held Sept. 19 in Washington, D.C.

The session was convened by the Committee on Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety. Richgels contributed perspectives on the summertime experiences of children and adolescents in rural communities.

The committee, chaired by Martín Sepúlveda, IBM Fellow, CEO of CLARALUZ, LLC., and long-time member of the College of Public Health Board of Advisors, is studying how summertime experiences affect children across four areas of well-being: 1) academic learning and opportunities for enrichment; 2) social and emotional development; 3) physical and mental health and health-promoting behaviors; and 4) safety, risk-taking, and anti-and pro-social behavior.

Additional information is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/dbasse/bcyf/summertime/.

Lunch and learn: Building dissemination into your research

Building Dissemination into Your Research: A Framework for Success

Tuesday, September 25

Noon to 12:30 pm    Lunch
12:30 to 1:30 pm      Presentation

Learn from our partners at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH) about their experience getting injury prevention work out of the journals and into the hands of policymakers, corporations, parents, teachers, and coaches.

They will discuss the importance of sharing your program’s successes and research beyond journals and conferences, discuss ideas and a framework for doing so, and present a case study.

Sponsored by the UI Injury Prevention Research Center

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.

Healthy LifeStars program challenges childhood obesity in Iowa

An innovative program that tackles childhood obesity — the number one health problem for children — will soon be making its debut in Iowa. Aimed at elementary-age kids, the LifeStar Challenge motivates and teaches children how to live active, healthy lives now and in the future.

The program is being implemented through a partnership between Healthy LifeStars and the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Healthy LifeStars is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood obesity through education, awareness, and changed habits to influence future generations of healthy children.

The Iowa Healthy LifeStars program will be offered at no charge, thanks to a gift from the Stead Family Foundation and Jerre and Mary Joy Stead, two former Iowans who are among the most generous donors to the University of Iowa.

Nationally, one in three children is overweight or obese. Healthy LifeStars was founded in 2003 to address childhood obesity and has reached over 35,000 kids in Arizona and Colorado. In 2018, it launched programs in Iowa and Ohio and has the goal of growing nationwide.

“We’re excited to introduce this program in Iowa and expand it statewide,” says Vickie Miene, interim director of the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) and director of the Iowa Healthy LifeStars program. “Our goal is to enroll 5,400 kids in the first three years in both urban and rural locations.”

The LifeStar Challenge will begin in Iowa this fall with several sites in the Iowa City area. The program will be delivered in before- and after-school programs and will be led in part by University of Iowa student coaches

“We will build a network of UI student volunteers who will be an integral part of getting this program off the ground in Iowa,” Miene explains. “UI students from a variety of majors have already expressed interest in volunteering as LifeStars coaches and will contribute ideas to the program through a UI student advisory council. In addition, UI students will contribute to social media articles and healthy lifestyle campaigns associated with the program.”

IIPHRP will partner with additional schools, youth-serving organizations, and health initiatives to continue to grow the program across the state.

The LifeStar Challenge teaches kids and their families the three Healthy Life Habits: setting personal health goals, taking part in vigorous physical activity every day, and eating the right foods in the right amounts. Each child receives a lanyard and chain to display reward tokens. Kids earn a colorful plastic star every time they achieve one of the goals they set for themselves. Everything organizers need to get started is included in a simple kit with additional information online.

“All of the tools are available on-line and the program is flexible, so it’s easy to implement in a variety of settings,” says Miene.

For more information about the program, visit https://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/healthy-lifestars/.

‘Assessing Rural Futures’ takes place Oct. 8

Assessing Rural Futures Using the Comprehensive Wealth Framework

Join a conversation about rural economies and sustainability! This seminar will define rural wealth and will share a framework to assess rural development. Lunch is provided!

Monday, Oct. 8
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Ellig Classroom (N120 CPHB)

Guest speakers:

Visiting Scholar Matt Fannin, PhD
William H. Alexander Professor and J. Nelson Fairbanks Professor of Rural and Community Development Economics Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Louisiana State University and the LSU AgCenter

Visiting Scholar Thomas G. Johnson, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri

This spotlight is hosted by the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP).

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.