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.

Call for Research Week poster abstracts

Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff are invited to submit abstracts for the CPH Research Week poster session on Oct. 31. Multiple $250 prizes will be awarded! Submissions are due Oct. 19. Published September 20, 2023

Watkins studying social media influence on vaping, energy drink consumption

University of Iowa student usage of electronic cigarettes, vapes, and the consumption of energy drinks has increased significantly, according to a recent survey. CPH assistant professor Shannon Lea Watkins and a team of student researchers are currently working to understand how e-cigarettes and energy drink consumption are portrayed on social media. (Daily Iowan) Published September 12, 2023

Hana Hinkle named a ‘40 Under 40 in Public Health’ honoree

Congratulations to College of Public Health alumna Hana Hinkle (09MPH in community and behavioral health) for being named a "40 Under 40 in Public Health" honoree by the de Beaumont Foundation. This award recognizes rising leaders who are working to improve the health of communities across the nation. Published September 11, 2023

Rima Afifi to present the 2023 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Nov. 1

Rima Afifi, professor of community and behavioral health, will deliver the 2023 CPH Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "Narrative Change and Relationship Building: Why Love Matters in Achieving Social Justice."  Published September 6, 2023

Adeagbo contributes to research on orofacial clefts and families

A team of researchers that includes CPH assistant professor Oluwafemi Adeagbo has received a grant to extend research on the genetics of orofacial clefts in African populations. The overall aim of the supplemental project is to increase participation in genetics and genomic research and to support families as they navigate cultural challenges associated with orofacial clefting. Published August 29, 2023

Adeagbo writes about importance of social support for people living with HIV

Oluwafemi Adeagbo, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, co-authored an article about a study that examined how social support affects the well-being of people living with HIV in Nigeria. (The Conversation) Published August 29, 2023

Afifi discusses mental health and immigrant communities

In this episode of My City My Health Podcast, Rima Afifi, a public health expert and professor, discusses mental health in immigrant and refugee communities.  Published August 23, 2023

2023 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce the recipients of the college’s 2023 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Carla Britton and Kelsey Feller. All are invited to attend the awards presentation and discussion with the recipients on Wednesday, Sept. 13.  Published August 23, 2023

Q&A with alumna Lena Thompson: Developing culturally informed practices to meet Native Elders’ health needs

Alumna Lena Thompson (14MPH, 23PhD) shares some of her experiences working alongside others to enhance Native Elders’ health and adapting programs to be more culturally responsive. Published August 22, 2023

Alumna Jennifer Braun discusses health care workforce training

Jennifer Braun (12MPH) is director of workforce and organizational development at the American Hospital Association. She recently discussed her work focused on developing health care leadership and training. Published July 27, 2023