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.

Shining a Light on Last Responders

A new project from the Prevention Research Center provides a voice for the essential--but often overlooked--workers who care for the deceased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Published January 14, 2021

CPH student participating in Obermann Graduate Institute

Libby Fry, a first year PhD student in community and behavioral health, is taking part in the 2021 Obermann Graduate Institute. The 3 1/2-day interdisciplinary institute brings together UI graduate students from across campus to explore how public engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work. Published January 13, 2021

Iowa counties face challenges in vaccine distribution

CPH alumna Danielle Pettit-Majewski (10MPH), administrator of the Washington County Public Health Department, described some of the challenges of tracking COVID vaccine doses and distribution. (KCRG) Published January 13, 2021

CDC Special Interest Projects funding opportunity

The Prevention Research Centers program office at the CDC has released its list of 2021 Special Interest Projects (SIPS). Anyone at the UI may apply and the funds are passed through the PRC. Letters of intent are due Jan. 25. Published January 13, 2021

Learn about food insecurity in Johnson County

Join the Obermann Center for a Jan. 14 conversation on "Food Insecurity in Johnson County." Hear from panelists, including Patrick Brady, a PhD candidate in community and behavioral health, about how food insecurity is experienced by UI students, children and families in our local schools, and others who are grappling with this urgent issue. Published January 8, 2021

Study uses “unboxing” interviewing to capture responses to new heated tobacco product

Researchers from the University of Iowa and the University of California, San Francisco recently conducted a first-of-its-kind study to evaluate how and why young people might be attracted to a new heated tobacco product (HTP) called IQOS. The participants “unboxed” an IQOS device, tobacco sticks, and marketing materials and narrated their impressions and opinions. Published December 2, 2020

Novak comments on surge in rural COVID cases

Coronavirus cases are exploding across Iowa, especially in rural areas. Eighty percent of the state's rural counties exceed what's considered a high prevalence of COVID-19, says Nicole Novak, CPH assistant research scientist. "That's concerning because the rate of increase is still accelerating," she says. (The Courier) Published December 2, 2020

Disbanded search committee recommends DEI position report to UI president

The search committee to fill the University of Iowa's top diversity job has disbanded, but many members, including CPH assistant professor Paul Gilbert, first made recommendations that the head diversity officer report to the president instead of the provost. (Daily Iowan) Published November 4, 2020

UI project awarded funds to study HIV/AIDS stigma in Western Kenya

Eight new awards have been funded through Fogarty's Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) program, totaling approximately $3 million in support over the next two years. A project led by CPH assistant professor Will Story and Nema Aluku is among the award recipients. Published October 29, 2020

From the Front Row: A conversation with Dean Edith Parker

This episode features a conversation between CPH student hosts Oge Chigbo and Luke Sampson and College of Public Health dean and professor Edith Parker. They discuss Dean Parker's path to public health, what it's like being a public health dean during a pandemic, community-based participatory research, social determinants of health, and more. Published October 22, 2020


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