Community and Behavioral Health News

The latest news from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

New guide aims to build trust between researchers and Indigenous communities

The National American Indian & Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center has produced a new guide for researchers and Indigenous communities to help them understand some of the complexities they may encounter and elements they must consider when approaching research with Native populations. The guide, Research at the Speed of Trust, is intended to help researchers and the Indigenous communities they work with to avoid common pitfalls, improve their relationships, and strengthen the value of their research efforts.  Published March 9, 2023

Cross-campus team receives grant to deliver innovative mental health awareness training

Gerta Bardhoshi, College of Education associate professor of counselor education, Ebonee Johnson, College of Public Health assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and Kari Vogelgesang, College of Education clinical associate professor, were awarded a grant to launch Project PEARLS (Prepare, Engage, Assess, Respond, Link, Sustain), a new mental health awareness training curriculum in the local Iowa City community. Published March 9, 2023

Gilbert quoted in editorial on reckless driving

A recent editorial about reckless driving quoted Paul Gilbert, associate professor of community and behavioral health, about increased alcohol consumption during the pandemic. ( Published March 8, 2023

Webinar: Substance Use and Addiction among Youth

The University of Johannesburg, in partnership with the University of Iowa, invites you to a conversation on March 22 titled "WORLD CAFÉ – Substance Use and Addiction among Youth: An Evolving Epidemic." CPH professor Mark Vander Weg is one of the speakers.  Published March 8, 2023

From the Front Row: Affordable housing and its impact on health

Adriana and Amy welcome Jessica Andino to the show to discuss affordable housing and its impact on health and well-being. Jessica is a current PhD student in the UI College of Public Health and also serves as the executive director of the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition. Published March 2, 2023

Novak contributes to study examining Utah’s eugenic sterilization program

A study co-authored by CPH research assistant professor Nicole Novak examined Utah's eugenic sterilization program that targeted at least 830 people. (Multiple sources) Published February 24, 2023

Gilbert discusses benefits of ‘Dry January’

CPH associate professor Paul Gilbert recently discussed how the "Dry January" trend can bring positive mental and physical benefits to those taking a temporary break from alcohol. (Iowa Public Radio) Published February 1, 2023

Alumna Grace Ryan’s journal article is third most popular of 2022

A paper authored by Grace Ryan (21PhD) and a team of CPH researchers was the third most popular article published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease in 2022. The article examined challenges to adolescent HPV vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Published January 26, 2023

Adeagbo, Watkins named OVPR Early Career Scholars

Congratulations to Oluwafemi Adeagbo and Shannon Lea Watkins, assistant professors of community and behavioral health, who were named 2023 OVPR Early Career Scholars. Published January 25, 2023

CDC Special Interest Project funding opportunity

The Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program office at the CDC has released its list of 2023 Special Interest Projects (SIPs). Any investigator at the University of Iowa may apply and the funds are passed through the UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health. Proposals are due March 3.  Published January 24, 2023