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.

Partnership studies HIV stigma in western Kenya

Will Story, assistant professor in the UI College of Public Health, and Nema Aluku, research associate at Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya, were recently awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to study HIV stigma among adolescents in western Kenya. (IP) Published April 8, 2021

Gilbert comments on rising alcohol use during pandemic

The Iowa Alliance of Coalitions for Change held a news conference Tuesday to discuss increased sales and consumption of liquor during the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, said Iowa is a heavy drinking state, well above the national average for binge drinking. (Muscatine Journal) Published March 25, 2021

New behavioral health resource for Native communities

The Tribal Opioid Response Technical Assistance Center is pleased to share a new resource: "Healing Tool: Guide for addressing behavioral health goals in Native communities." This resource is designed to provide important talking points to use when meeting with or talking to tribal leaders, elders, community members, multi-disciplinary task force members, or local county workers about substance use disorders, medication assisted treatment, and other behavioral health issues.  Published March 24, 2021

Iowa researchers develop e-cigarette campaign tailored to college students

While e-cigarette use among college students has increased over the last several years, there are few published studies about interventions designed to prevent their use or cessation among this group. New research from the UI College of Public Health developed messages specifically tailored to the student audience. Published March 22, 2021

Anna Correa awarded Critical Language Scholarship

CPH student Anna Correa has been awarded a 2021 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for a virtual intensive language and cultural program to study Hindi this summer. Published March 16, 2021

Active Ottumwa launches podcast series

Tune into "A Community on the Move: The Story of Active Ottumwa," a 10-part podcast series about all things Active Ottumwa, a community engaged physical activity program for adults. The podcasts will cover an overview of the project and share many of the program's inspiring stories, successes, and barriers. Published March 16, 2021

Native American Leadership Academy adapts to virtual programs

Since the pandemic began, the University of Iowa College of Public Health's Native American Leadership Academy has continued to offer support to Native American behavioral health specialists through safe, virtual spaces. The academy helps tribal leaders across the U.S. develop programs to address addiction and mental health within their communities. (Daily Iowan) Published March 10, 2021

UI colleges of business and public health partner with Native American tribes to develop programming

A faculty member from the Tippie College of Business is working with a program in the College of Public Health that partners with Native American tribes to develop new programs addressing mental health and addiction needs in local communities. (Tippie) Published February 19, 2021

CPH studies examine health challenges for farmers

New studies from the College of Public Health highlight the health challenges of farming communities, including rates of dementia and the effects of COVID-19. (Daily Iowan) Published February 11, 2021

Preparing the next generation of Native community leaders

The Native American Leadership Academy helps tribal leaders develop programs to address mental health and addiction issues in their communities, The academy is based in the College of Public Health's Native Center for Behavioral Health. (UI) Published February 5, 2021