Video: BLN grant program supports community well-being

The college’s Business Leadership Network Community Grant project supports public health-related initiatives that build collaborations and support community well-being. Check out a short video in which two of the 2018 grant recipients, Muscatine Center for Social Action in Muscatine and Living Proof Exhibit in Davenport, describe how these grants have helped their programs.

2019 CPH Book Club selection: ‘What the Eyes Don’t See’

All College of Public Health students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a college-wide reading of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha.  It has been selected by the New York Times Book Review as among the ‘100 Notable Books of 2018.’

The book aligns with the University of Iowa’s spring 2019 theme semester, “American Dream.”

Dr. Hanna-Attisha will visit the College of Public Health in March 2019 for several events.

photo of book cover for What the Eyes Don't SeeMonday, March 25

CPH Spotlight Lecture
12:30 pm | Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB)

Public Lecture
7 pm | Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB)
Free and open to the public

Free Books for CPH Students

CPH students will receive a free copy of the book from their department or program — stay tuned for details!

Borrow a Book

CPH faculty and staff are invited to borrow a copy of the book from the college for a two-week period. Email to request a book loan or stop by S173 CPHB to pick up a copy.

About the Book

WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE  the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.

About the Author

portrait of Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishMona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. A pediatrician, scientist, and activist, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has testified twice before the United States Congress, was presented the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and countless other media outlets championing the cause of children in Flint and beyond. She is
founding donor of the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (

Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of  Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. She is currently an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.


RUPRI policy leader contributes to rural health transformation listening session

Jocelyn Richgels, director of national policy programs for the University of Iowa-based Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), was one of a small number of rural health advocates, researchers, and providers at a recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services listening session on rural health transformation. The meeting took place on Dec. 3, 2018, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C.

During the session, Richgels shared information from recent RUPRI rural health policy briefs with CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Ms. Verma highlighted CMS’s goal to more fully implement recommendations from the recently released CMS Rural Health Strategy. The CMS rural health strategy is intended to provide direction on health care issues to ensure the nearly one in five Americans who live in rural areas have access to care that meets their needs.

Johnson County Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

The Johnson County Medical Reserve Corps is recruiting!

The Johnson County Medical Reserve Corps (commonly referred to as the MRC) is part of a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Johnson County’s MRC has been established since 2010 and has strived to provide an engaging volunteer experience while providing training and the necessary skills for volunteers to assist during a disaster or public health emergency. The mission of the Johnson County MRC is to supplement the public health and medical workforce during disaster. As disasters and events unfold and resources are scarce, the community recognizes the need and value for trained and vetted volunteers.

Johnson County Public Health is the host site and is looking for medical and non-medical personnel to assist with its primary mission of operating mass dispensing clinics as well as other public health-focused operations such as: community health assessments, community event support, education and outreach, sheltering operations, disaster exercises, and much more. MRC units engage and assist their community and its partners in a variety of ways.

Community Collaboration

“The MRC is partnering with Dr. Sato Ashida at the University of Iowa College of Public Health to deliver Disaster PrepWise to older adults in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area. Disaster PrepWise is an online program designed to help older adults–one of the most vulnerable populations in our community–create personal disaster preparedness plans. Trained MRC volunteers will assist older adults by visiting their homes and helping them fill out the online forms. Participating older adults receive personalized disaster plans that they can share with their family, friends, and neighbors. The purpose of the intervention is to reduce disparities in emergency preparedness and outcomes faced by older adults.” – Lena Thompson, MPH, Graduate Research Assistant

What Does Being a Member Involve?

We understand that everyone is busy and know that schedules may not always permit us to participate in everything. However, we consider membership to be ‘fluid’ and we ask that interested volunteers join and give their time as they can. Emergency preparedness is a journey, not a destination, so keeping that in mind, the trainings and exercises continuously occur.

There will be regularly scheduled meetings and notices sent out about trainings, opportunities to engage, and opportunities to participate in exercises.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Providing your time and skills to support your community
  • Networking with volunteers and public health and medical professionals
  • Exposure to Emergency Preparedness Training
  • Enhance your resume

Application may be found here:

For more information, please contact:

Sam Jarvis, MS, CERC
Emergency Preparedness Planner
Johnson County Public Health
855 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: 319-356-6040
Direct Line:  319-688-5884

Iowa Diabetes Summit held in Des Moines

a roomful of participants at the 2018 Diabetes Summit The 3rd annual Iowa Diabetes Summit was held Nov. 16 in Des Moines. The Midwestern Public Health Training Center is one of several organizations that participated in the planning.

This year, registration filled up quickly and several sessions were standing room only. The program featured updates about innovative diabetes research and programs happening in the state, and the day wrapped up with LeAnn Thiemann, author of 14 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, talking about the importance of self-care.

The event qualified for CEUs for nurses and dietitians.

Slides from most of the presenters are available at

Expert to speak on impact of children’s exposures to environmental chemicals

children's environmental exposures lecture poster


How to think about (and characterize) the population impact of children’s exposures to environmental chemicals

David C. Bellinger, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Friday, December 7, 2018
10:45 am
MERF 2117

Sponsored by:

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center
The Human Toxicology Program
The Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hans-Joachim Lehmler at 335-4310 in advance.