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Learn about health care in the DR Congo on Feb. 2

illustration of a pregnant woman wearing an orange dressCongolese Health Partnership presents:

Healthcare in the DR Congo: Understanding Culture, History, and Care Practices

February 2, 2019
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room C217, College of Public Health
145 N. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA 52242

Light refreshments will be provided.

The Congolese population in Iowa City and Johnson County is growing rapidly, which has implications for the healthcare we provide. Join us for an informative session led by our Congolese community about their culture, history, and healthcare practices in the DR Congo. There will be a short formal presentation followed by Q&A with a panel of community members.

The Congolese Health Partnership is a collaboration between Johnson County’s Congolese community, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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.

Working at Iowa 2018 survey results are in

Thank you to all who responded to the Working at Iowa survey. This biennial survey is a critical tool that helps guide our efforts to create a positive and productive work culture, contributes to understanding our strengths, and identifies opportunities for improvement. Your willingness to share your perspectives is greatly appreciated.

A few items of college-wide importance from the survey include:

  • The College of Public Health participation rate was high – 78.4% overall (81.4% faculty, 77.4% staff; compared to 60% UI) – and reflects our culture of participation and engagement.
  • 98% of CPH faculty and staff report that they know what is expected of them at work.
  • 97% understand how their job fits the overall mission of the University.
  • 96% said their work units have a strong focus on providing excellent service to those with whom they interact.
  • 96% stated their supervisor treats them with respect.
  • 95% reported that individuals in their work units are civil and respectful to each other.

Dean Parker shared complete survey results with DEOs and governance representatives within the college. In addition, departments within the college will share individual departmental survey results with faculty and staff. This survey is just one part of an ongoing process of continuous improvement that we strive for.

A special acknowledgement and appreciation goes to Jake Oleson, Jacob Clark, and the team in the CPH Center for Public Health Statistics.  Their leadership in the design and production of the survey reports have been extremely valuable to the success of the Working at Iowa initiative. And, again, many thanks to all of you for your participation and for the invaluable contributions you make every day to strengthen our college and University community.

Nominations for 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards due Feb. 28

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2019 College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Awards.

This award program recognizes outstanding alumni in two categories: first, recent graduates who have completed College of Public Health programs within the past ten years and, second, other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers.

The CPH Outstanding Alumni Award selection committee will select recipients from an academic or research position in even numbered years, and individuals from a practice setting in odd numbered years. Therefore, for the 2019 award cycle, the college invites nominations for individuals from the practice-based (non-academic/research) community.

Download a nomination form

Criteria for the Recent Graduate Award:

  • Have completed a formal College of Public Health educational program in the past ten years (2009 or later);
  • Have achieved important and promising accomplishments during that period and have exceptional promise for future success; and
  • Have demonstrated strong interest and commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the College of Public Health.

Criteria for the Career Alumni Award:

  • Have completed a formal educational program offered by the College of Public Health (including formal educational programs presently or previously offered by academic units in the College of Public Health);
  • Have made significant contributions in their discipline and field of practice throughout their career and attained widespread recognition and respect for their accomplishments; and
  • Have demonstrated strong interest and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the College of Public Health.

Download a nomination form here or call 319-384-4277.

Email all nomination materials to or mail to:

Tara McKee, Alumni Relations Coordinator
University of Iowa College of Public Health
145 N. Riverside Drive, S170 CPHB
Iowa City, IA 52242

Forms must be emailed or postmarked no later than February 28, 2019.

New global collegiate partnerships now available in Kenya, Australia

global public health logoThe CPH Global Public Health Initiative is excited to announce new college-wide partnerships with two international institutions:

  • Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia
  • Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya

Both universities are available as resources and potential partners for research, coursework, collaboration, and more.  All CPH faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to explore possible ideas of partnership with these institutions.

To learn more about the specialization of these universities as well as a number of other international research partners, organizations, and institutions, visit the Current Global Programs web page. To contact these partners or learn more about how you can utilize these partnerships, please email Sophie Switzer, Global Health Coordinator, at

Students interested in learning more about independent research projects abroad should start here:

Applications open for rural health and safety collaboratory, funding

The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) has several opportunities focused around the topic of rural health and safety.

Applications are now open for:

  • Rural Health and Safety Collaboratory.  The letter of intent is due January 14, 2019, and the full proposal is due on February 25, 2019.
  • Special Projects (up to $1,000)
  • Graduate Student Research Funds (up to $500)

Application forms and all the pertinent information can be found on the IIPHRP website:

Contact Vickie Miene, IIPHRP interim director, at if you have any questions.

Results from the Crisis Center food drive are in

tin cans spelling out food driveThank you to everyone who participated in the annual food drive benefiting the Crisis Center Food Bank.

The college collected almost 500 pounds of valuable goods that will be shared with the less fortunate this holiday season.

The breakdown of collections is as follows:

  • Admin/MPH/undergrads – 142 lbs
  • Biostats – 124 lbs
  • HMP – 82 lbs
  • Epi – 78 lbs
  • OEH – 39 lbs
  • CBH – 32 lbs
  • Total – 497 lbs 

And $370 in cash donations from throughout the college! Thank you for supporting our community!

UI College of Public Health and BLN announce Community Grant awards

Business Leadership Network logoThe University of Iowa College of Public Health and its Business Leadership Network announced seven award recipients under the fourth annual round of the Community Grant Program.

The recipients of the fourth round of funding are: Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City; Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, Fort Dodge; Lee County Health Department, Fort Madison; Living Proof Exhibit, Davenport; Muscatine Center for Social Action, Muscatine; North Fayette Valley Community Coalition, Inc., Elgin; and Siouxland District Health Department, Sioux City. The organizations received cash grant awards of up to $3,000.

The grant program funds, in conjunction with an equal cash match from other organizations or businesses, will be used for public health-related initiatives and projects in the recipient communities.

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health will install sensory pathways within five elementary schools in Mason City and Clear Lake to provide a physical activity outlet for students to utilize between class times. Similar pathways have been found to improve attention and behaviors of students in the classroom, and provide a convenient and effective way for youth to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way will provide beds and cribs for children living in poverty in Fort Dodge. Good sleep is critical for a child’s health, well-being, and ability to learn. A partnership with local schools, health care providers, the Webster County Health Department and nonprofits will help identify children who need beds.

Lee County Health Department, in conjunction with the Live Healthy Lee County Coalition, will plan three events at the three area farmers markets in Fort Madison, Montrose, and Keokuk. At the events, community partners will provide health and wellness information, health screenings, and promote biking to the markets with the goal of increasing participation in the markets and increasing awareness to community health services.

The Living Proof Exhibit uses the healing power of the arts to help individuals touched by cancer. Throughout the Quad Cities and in Muscatine, the grant will fund “Art-to-Go” boxes filled with a variety of art projects that cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment can use to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve overall well-being.

The Muscatine Center for Social Action, the primary homeless service provider in Southeast Iowa, will work to increase hygienic and sustainable sleeping options for guests staying in their Emergency Overnight Shelter. Grant funds will help eradicate pests and provide new mattresses, washer and dryer, and storage containers for guests’ bedding.

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition will provide the Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) program to North Fayette Valley Middle School students (grades 6-8). YELL teaches students to use their voice to address the concerns of their peers and community while making responsible and healthy choices. Students will work together to problem-solve, set goals, learn how to resolve conflicts, and make their school and community a better and safer place.

The Siouxland District Health Department will partner with two child care centers to implement the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC). This evidence-based program will provide the centers with the tools to increase healthy food and physical activity options for younger children in the Siouxland area.

“These projects strengthen community health at the local level and make an impact where people live, work, and play,” says Edith Parker, dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. “This grant program demonstrates the college’s commitment to partnering with communities and businesses to enhance well-being across Iowa.”

The College of Public Health provided the grants as part of its Business Leadership Network (BLN) initiative. Some of the funds for the grant program are provided by the UI Provost’s Office of Outreach and Engagement, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

The BLN, established in 2011, fosters ongoing, mutually beneficial relationships between the College of Public Health and small and medium-sized businesses and communities in Iowa. Through these relationships, the college engages and collaborates with communities in development of cutting-edge, high impact public health research, enhances educational programs with service learning opportunities within businesses, and promotes a culture of health throughout communities.

The first round of grant funding was awarded in 2015. This fourth year’s grant funding was available to nonprofit organizations and local government entities across Iowa. Details about the grant program, as well as additional information about the Business Leadership Network is available at: