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.

What are the health effects of growing up as a military kid?

The children of U.S. service members grow up under unique circumstances, experiencing numerous moves, frequent changes in schools and friends, and long separations from deployed parents. These challenges caused sisters Cassidy Watson and Kelsey Schertz -- self-described "military brats" – to wonder about the health outcomes of military children. Now in their mid-20s, Watson and Schertz were both drawn to the field of public health. Watson (18MPH) recently graduated from the University of Iowa and Schertz is an MPH candidate at the University of Minnesota. Published September 4, 2018

Alumna Ulrike Schultz to lead Loras College’s premedical program

Loras College in Dubuque has hired Ulrike Schultz as director of its new postbaccalaureate premedical program and prehealth professions adviser. Schultz received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2008, and her medical degree in 1995 from the University of Tubingen, a German public research university. Published August 23, 2018

Iowa Summit on Underage Drinking is Sept. 13

How do we successfully prevent underage drinking? Do social host laws make a difference? What other ideas do you have to help prevent underage drinking? Be part of the conversation by joining a community summit in Des Moines on Sept. 13 to learn the latest research on Iowa's social host laws and how to impact underage drinking.   Published August 16, 2018

CPH students contribute to the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities

The UI's Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC), a program within the Office of Outreach and Engagement, does place-based community engagement. As part of IISC, College of Public Health students created a radon awareness campaign with Johnson County and the city of Iowa City. (Iowa Now) Published August 2, 2018

Federal funding for research increases at the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa had another strong year for projects that will benefit Iowans, the country, and world thanks to an increase in federal funding for research and the number of proposals, grants, and contracts awarded in fiscal year 2018. The College of Public Health saw in increase in research dollars, up 15 percent or $5.8 million over last year, to $43.8 million in FY 18. (Iowa Now) Published July 19, 2018

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship information session is Sept. 19

Are you interested in investigating and illuminating global public health issues that are overlooked and unreported? Learn more about the 2019 summer reporting fellowship with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting at an information session on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Published July 16, 2018

Schools participate in Healthy Schools-Healthy Student project

Starmont Elementary School in Arlington, Iowa, is among 20 schools participating in the Iowa Department of Education's Team Nutrition Healthy Schools-Healthy Students Project. Natoshia Askelson, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health, is leading the evaluation of the project. (Oelwein Daily Register) Published June 28, 2018

The Complicated Costs of Caregiving

The wave of aging baby boomers means more families are taking on the financial and emotional load of caregiving. Published June 18, 2018

UI students, faculty make a difference in Mason City

The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities is working with Mason City on roughly 20 projects throughout the community to make positive changes. Several UI groups are focused exclusively on the North End to improve the quality of life and the reputation of the neighborhood. As part of their work, a group of four public health graduate students explored stigma theory, which posits that stigma can lead to negative health outcomes. (Iowa Now) Published June 15, 2018

Novak comments on effects of immigration raids on communities

Workplace immigration raids have increased dramatically nationwide in 2018. Raids have a similar effect on a community as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or political violence, said Nicole Novak, a postdoctoral research scholar with the University of Iowa College of Public Health. "It breaks down the fabric of a community," Novak said. The immediate traumatic impact is especially intense for children, who are really developmentally vulnerable, she said. (Des Moines Register) Published May 31, 2018

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