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.

Juan Gudino, Abigail Lee named This Is Public Health Ambassadors

Congratulations to Juan Gudino, MPH student in epidemiology, and Abigail Lee, MPH student in community and behavioral health, for being named This Is Public Health Ambassadors! Ambassadors represent the This Is Public Health brand and help raise awareness about the field of public health. Published June 13, 2019

Phoebe Trepp provides leadership for homeless services

Phoebe Trepp, an MPH student in community and behavioral heath, was described as "the face of homeless services in Cedar Rapids," in a letter of support for her HER Women of Achievement Award by past Willis Dady Homeless Services board president Samuel Jones. While she may brush off that description as a "bold statement," the impact Trepp has made on Cedar Rapids' homeless population is undisputed. Published June 4, 2019

Story, Golinghorst honored with awards at Finkbine Dinner

University of Iowa students, faculty, staff, and alumni received some of the institution's highest honors on April 23, 2019, at the 102nd Finkbine Dinner. College of Public Health faculty and students honored were Will Story, who received the James N. Murray Faculty Award, and Dexter Golinghorst, who received a Distinguished Student Leader certificate. Published May 16, 2019

CPH researchers contribute to case studies of NGO health programs

College of Public Health researchers have contributed to a series of case studies that describe the impact of long-term projects on health systems in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Malawi. The studies examine integrated community case management programs implemented in the three countries by the international non-governmental organization Save the Children. William Story, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and CPH alumni Emily Hejna (17MPH) and Elijah Olivas (19MPH) contributed to the reports. Published May 14, 2019

College of Public Health helps Ottumwa residents get active

Active Ottumwa, a partnership between the city of Ottumwa and the Prevention Research Center (PRC) in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, offers dozens of fitness programs designed to get more Ottumwans moving. "[Ottumwa is] a community where there are health needs, and a proactive and engaged leadership that was committed to working with us to fill those needs," says Edith Parker, dean of the College of Public Health and PRC director. (Iowa Now) Published April 24, 2019

Criminal justice, immigration, and community health panel is April 22

How do law enforcement and incarceration intersect with health and health equity in Iowa? Attend a panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives from community members and CPH graduate students conducting research in this area. This CPH Spotlight Series presentation will take place Monday, April 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in C217 CPHB. Published April 18, 2019

Alumnus Greg Woods finds creative ways to reach Iowa’s Alzheimer’s community

On any given day, Greg Woods, a program specialist with the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, is reaching out to help fellow Iowans cope with some of life's most challenging circumstances. Many of those Iowans meet Woods face-to-face, while some simply hear his voice on the airwaves. A 2015 graduate of the MPH program in community and behavioral health, Woods is based in the Alzheimer's Association's Fort Dodge office, serving 17 counties in north central Iowa. Published April 17, 2019

2019 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award winners honored

Congratulations to Nichole Nidey and Monisa Saravanan, the recipients of the 2019 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award! The award recognizes two College of Public Health students whose research or practice experience as a student in the college demonstrates commitment to one or more of the College's Collective Areas of Excellence.  Published April 17, 2019

UI, Congolese community create partnership to improve health outcomes

The UI is partnering with the local Congolese community to identify cultural differences in health care and educate both immigrants and medical providers on how to facilitate more appropriate prenatal and pregnancy care. "I've been really impressed with both the commitment from our providers here at the UI and the commitment, dedication, and leadership from the community," said Will Story, CPH assistant professor. (Daily Iowan) Published April 17, 2019

Tribal Opioid Response meeting hosted by National AI/AN ATTC

The National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center hosted the "Tribal Opioid Response Grantee Technical Assistance Meeting" April 10-12, 2019, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. "This is a meeting where representatives from close to 100 tribes are gathered to discuss and get support for implementing medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction," says Anne Helene Skinstad, program director of the National AI/AN ATTC. Published April 10, 2019

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