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.

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

Video: CPH students start academic year with service projects

At its core, public health is about working together to create a healthier world. Each fall semester, our students have the opportunity get out of the classroom and put that ethos to work by volunteering with community organizations for a day of service. Published September 5, 2017

Video: MPH student Katie Grabowski’s global public health experience in Nicaragua

Katie Grabowski, an MPH student in community and behavioral health, traveled to rural Nicaragua this summer with AMOS Health and Hope, an organization dedicated to addressing the problems of poverty, disease, and preventable deaths. Published August 31, 2017

MPH student Katie Grabowski helps prevent disease in Nicaragua

The latest news from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Published August 30, 2017

Facebook Live: Friday Faculty Feature with Anjali Deshpande

Join us at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, for our Facebook Live event. Wensday Worth, a student in community and behavioral health, will interview MPH Program Director Anjali Deshpande. You won’t want to miss it! Published August 17, 2017

Gilbert leading survey of LGBTQ health needs in Iowa

This year, Iowa becomes one of just a handful of states to conduct a health assessment of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) residents. The University of Iowa College of Public Health, the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and One Iowa (a state-wide LGBTQ advocacy organization) have partnered to conduct a comprehensive survey to describe the health status and identify the health needs of LGBTQ Iowans. "We’re doing this survey to find out what LGBTQ Iowans need in order to be the healthiest they can be," says Paul Gilbert, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health and principal investigator.  Published July 26, 2017

CPH researchers help evaluate Johnson County’s Community ID

Johnson County's Community ID -- one of the first county-issued photo IDs in the nation -- recently marked its second anniversary. Over the past two years, an evaluation team spoke with hundreds of Johnson County ID applicants through the Community ID Evaluation. The evaluation was a joint project of the Center for Worker Justice, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, and the University of Iowa College of Public Health. The CPH researchers included Barbara Baquero, Marlén Mendoza, Nicole Novak, Xiomara Santana, and Rosamond Smith. (Press-Citizen) Published July 20, 2017

Q&A: MPH student Don Brathwaite on inspiration, public health, and positive change

Don Brathwaite balances a full schedule as a student leader, MPH candidate in community and behavioral health, and graduate research assistant. Earlier this year, he was elected to be the National Black Graduate Student Association’s North Central Regional Representative. Don recently answered a few questions about his work and inspiration for pursuing a degree in public health. Published July 12, 2017

Iowa research finds few Medicaid members participate in the state’s incentive program

A study by University of Iowa researchers found that only a small number of Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries knew about and took part in a new incentive program designed to waive health insurance premiums for enrollees who complete certain healthy activities. The research team included CPH assistant professors Natoshia Askelson and Brad Wright. Published July 5, 2017

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