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.

Alumnus Blake Smith reflects on Peace Corps experience in Swaziland

Alumnus Blake Smith (16MPH) is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Swaziland, where he's involved in many different projects, from HIV prevention and support programs at a rural clinic, to assisting with the creation of the local school's first library. Published November 16, 2017

Afifi: Most shisha users start habit from families

Most of the shisha users, including women, in Arab countries have started the habit from their families that still discourage cigarettes. Shisha is a water pipe made of clay, ornately carved metals or plastics, which enables smoking flavored tobacco as it is bubbled through water. Parents encourage water pipe use under the impression that it is less harmful than cigarettes, said Rema Afifi, CPH professor of community and behavioral health. (Gulf News) Published November 10, 2017

Afifi to discuss waterpipe use in the Mediterranean Region

Rema Afifi, CPH professor of community and behavioral health, will present "Social Norms and Attitudes Linked to Waterpipe Use in the Mediterranean Region" on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon in C44-A GH. She will discuss the socio-cultural dynamics associated with waterpipe (hookah) use and point to the need for a context-specific strategy to address the health implications of this alternative tobacco product. Published November 8, 2017

Gilbert to receive leadership award at APHA

Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, will be honored Nov. 7 with the Section Leadership Award from the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Atlanta. The award recognizes an ATOD Section member who has made significant contributions to the Section and the ATOD field. Published October 25, 2017

Parker receives Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Edith Parker, CPH professor and head of community and behavioral health, was recently honored with the Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence at the University of Iowa's annual Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet. Parker is internationally recognized for her research in social and environmental determinants of health, with particular emphasis on the theory and practice of community-based participatory research. Published October 12, 2017

Trepp pursues MPH while directing homeless shelter

Phoebe Trepp, executive director of the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter in Cedar Rapids, is also a current MPH student in the College of Public Health. Read about Trepp's work and the organization's recent successful fundraising effort to expand and renovate its shelter.  Published September 27, 2017

MPH student initiates new study on rural mental health care

Lauren Pass, an MPH student in community and behavioral health, is the principle investigator of a new study examining how anxious and depressive disorders are managed in rural cardiovascular disease patients. Under the guidance of Dr. Korey Kennelty, assistant professor in the UI College of Pharmacy and co-investigator, the study utilizes patient interviews to identify mental health care needs in high-risk rural Iowa populations. Published September 27, 2017

Gilbert, Janssen selected as IIPHRP Policy Fellows

The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) is pleased to announce the newest members of its Policy Fellow Program. The 2017-2018 Policy Fellows are Paul Gilbert, UI assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and Brandi Janssen, UI clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health.   Published September 27, 2017

Gilbert to speak at UI Harm Reduction Summit

The UI Harm Reduction Summit will gather current and future health professionals to discuss the role of harm reduction practices in facing Iowa’s current opioid, meth, and hepatitis C crises. The panel on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. will feature Dr. Paul Gilbert and Dr. Stephan Arndt speaking about their research on substance use and its impact on public health. The event will take place in MERF 1110 with lunch available for attendees.  Published September 15, 2017

Active Ottumwa helps residents get more physically active

The obesity rate in Iowa for 2016 stands at 32.0 percent, down from 32.1 percent the previous year, according to the CDC. Active Ottumwa is working to help people become active, which will make them more physically fit. (KYOU) Published September 7, 2017

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