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.

Report shows significant increase in alcohol-involved deaths in Iowa

A new report shows alcohol-involved deaths increased by more than 73% in Iowa between 2008 and 2019. Paul Gilbert, associate professor of community and behavioral health, discussed the findings. (Iowa Public Radio) Published June 24, 2022

Online tools for alcohol recovery could narrow treatment gap

Online resources for supporting recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) are promising but underused, a new study suggests. The CPH research team included Paul Gilbert, Elizabeth Saathoff, and Grant Brown. (Newswise) Published June 22, 2022

Semprini earns NIH training grant for oral cancer project

Jason Semprini, a CPH PhD student, has been awarded an F31 training grant for mentored dissertation research. This $87,000 award will support Semprini’s study on the relationship between access to dental care via Medicaid and early-stage oral cancer detection. Published June 17, 2022

New Iowa training program prepares students for maternal and child health careers

The UI College of Public Health established a new Maternal and Child Health Training Program in fall 2020. The program addresses a rise in the national maternal mortality rate, delivery hospital closures, and workforce needs. Published May 26, 2022

Newsletter highlights school mental health program for Native youth

A new newsletter from the National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health TTC, K-12 School Mental Health Program, provides school leaders and staff with insights on effectively communicating with, collaborating with, and supporting Native children and families. Published May 24, 2022

New toolkit helps pharmacists increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations

A new online toolkit, “Pharmacists’ Guide to Increasing Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines,” gives vaccine providers the knowledge, strategies, and resources needed to address the factors inhibiting vaccine access and confidence. Published May 24, 2022

Johnson receives DEI Team Award

Ebonee Johnson, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and her colleagues have received a $25,000 DEI Team Award from the UI Office of the Vice President for Research.  Published May 12, 2022

Native Center for Behavioral Health earns Communicator Award

A team from the Native Center for Behavioral Health has won a 2022 Communicator Award for the brochure "Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Innovations in Native American Communities." Published May 10, 2022

2022 CPH Faculty, Staff, and Student Awards presented

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni were honored at the annual CPH Awards & Recognition Presentation held May 4, 2022. See a list of the award recipients! Published May 4, 2022

Bear contributes to opioid overdose prevention toolkit

Sean Bear, co-director of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Addiction Technology Transfer Center at the University of Iowa, has contributed to a new opioid overdose prevention toolkit. The document presents tailored approaches to diverse groups within tribal and urban Indian communities, including veterans, Bear's area of expertise. Published April 27, 2022