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.

Steere named ASPPH ‘This Is Public Health’ student ambassador

CPH student Eliza Steere is serving as an ASPPH "This Is Public Health" 2021-2022 ambassador. Nominated by their institutions, student ambassadors help raise awareness about the field of public health. Published September 2, 2021

PRC collaborates on new COVID-19 vaccine campaign

A University of Iowa-led program launched a mini campaign aiming to increase COVID-19 vaccination in mid-sized Iowa communities. The UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC), the Iowa Public Health Association, and Iowa Immunizes are collaborators for the “delta” campaign, which began on Aug. 23.(Daily Iowan) Published September 1, 2021

New publication celebrates success stories of Tribal Opioid Response programs

The Native Center for Behavioral Health (NCBH) based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health has published a compilation of success stories titled, "Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Innovations in Native American Communities."  Published September 1, 2021

Gilbert comments on UI’s lack of a mask requirement

Iowa is the only Big Ten university that doesn’t require masks, per a directive from the state Board of Regents. "I see this almost as an ethical issue, that we’ve had constraints imposed externally that prevent us from really following the science-based guidelines to keep us safe," says Paul Gilbert, CPH associate professor. (Daily Iowan) Published August 25, 2021

Campaign encourages COVID-19 vaccinations in Iowa communities

The UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, Iowa Public Health Association, and Iowa Immunizes have collaborated on a new “mini-campaign” to increase COVID-19 vaccinations. The campaign was developed in response to the rise of the Delta variant that is making some people reconsider getting vaccinated.   Published August 19, 2021

Sign up for the Global Health Case Competition

Registration for the 5th Annual Global Public Health Case Competition is now open! All University of Iowa students are eligible to participate. Don't miss your chance to win cash prizes. Register by Sept. 23. Published August 11, 2021

Iowa researchers address health biases in artificial intelligence

A team of University of Iowa researchers, including two members from the College of Public Health, has been awarded a grant from the UI's Jumpstarting Tomorrow initiative. The team aims to address health disparities and biases in artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. Published July 26, 2021

140 Years in the Making: Meskwaki Community honors the return of children’s remains to Rosebud Sioux Nation

On July 15, 2021, the Rosebud Sioux Youth Council was welcomed to the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa on their journey to repatriation and healing. The Rosebud Sioux Nation has worked for over 140 years to reclaim the remains of nine children who were forced to attend the Carlisle Indian Industrial (Boarding) Schools located in Pennsylvania. Several employees of the Native Center for Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa were part of this historic community effort. Published July 20, 2021

Examining use of tele-mental health services in Native communities

The latest issue of the National American Indian & Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's newsletter focuses on the use of tele-mental health and other virtual initiatives during COVID-19.  Published July 13, 2021

Survey gauges COVID-19 vaccine interest among adolescents, parents

A team of researchers that includes faculty from the UI College of Public Health has found that adolescents and the parents of adolescents are split on their attitudes about adolescents getting the COVID-19 vaccine. (CCOM) Published July 12, 2021