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.

CPH alums named as Forty Under 40 honorees

Bobbi Bentz (04MPH/MHA) and Mollie Giller (11MPH) have been named by the Des Moines Business Record to the 19th annual list of Forty Under 40 honorees. These 40 local business leaders were chosen by past award winners, are under the age of 40, and have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. Each of the honorees will be profiled in the March 16 edition of the Business Record and recognized at an event on March 29. Published February 15, 2018

Video: CPH Faculty Feature with Edith Parker

In case you missed it on FacebookLive, you can watch a recording of this month's CPH Faculty Feature. The special guest was Edith Parker, professor and head of community and behavioral health, interviewed by grad student Wensday Worth.  Published February 15, 2018

Q&A with CBH Professor Rema Afifi

Rema Afifi joined the College of Public Health in summer 2017 as a professor of community and behavioral health. An alumna of the UI, her academic career and passion for public health have taken her to many places around the globe. Read more about her work in global health, special interest in youth populations, and why public health is a great fit for students interested in issues of equity and justice. Published February 12, 2018

Facebook Live: Faculty Feature with Edith Parker Feb. 13

Join us live on Facebook at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, for a Faculty Feature hosted by CPH graduate student Wensday Worth. This month's special guest is Edith Parker, professor and head of community and behavioral health. Published February 9, 2018

HEAL presents Second Annual Science of Health Equity summit

The UI's Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) presents the Second Annual Science of Health Equity Summit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at the College of Public Health Building. Current UI students are invited to submit poster abstracts for presentation at the conference. Registration and abstract submission guidelines are available online. Published February 7, 2018

Article on Iowa’s Medicaid expansion selected as editor’s pick for 2017

An article by Natoshia Askelson and colleagues was selected by the editor of Health Affairs as one of the top ten articles for 2017. Co-authors of the article, "Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Promoted Healthy Behaviors but Was Challenging to Implement and Attracted Few Participants," included Brad Wright, Suzanne Bentler, Elizabeth T. Momany, and Peter Damiano. (Health Affairs Blog) Published January 24, 2018

Alumna Rachel Nash co-leads #KeepKidsCovered campaign

Rachel Nash (14MPH) recently helped lead a national social media campaign in which pediatric trainees from across the country came together to advocate for the extension and funding of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers over 9 million children in the U.S. Nash is currently a medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Published January 4, 2018

Funding for Special Interest Projects available through UI PRC

The Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program office at the CDC has released its list of 2018 Special Interest Projects. It is anticipated that up to five awards will be made and will start Sept. 30, 2018. Any investigator at the UI may apply and the funds are passed through the UI PRC. Letters of intent are due Jan. 22, 2018. Published January 2, 2018

UI joins other groups to study HPV-vaccine use

The University of Iowa is taking part is a yearlong study to investigate why human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines lag behind, compared with other vaccines for adolescents, in rural areas of the state. "The gap between adolescents being given this vaccine and others is definitely more pronounced in rural areas," said CPH Assistant Professor Natoshia Askelson, the director of the project. "We want to identify the factors that could be worked on so that all parents can vaccinate their children." (Daily Iowan) Published December 15, 2017

Putting Down the Bottle

Paul Gilbert, CPH professor of community and behavioral health, is studying how problem drinkers quit without help from rehabilitation programs.  Published December 12, 2017


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