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.

Healthy LifeStars program teaches kids important habits for lifelong health

The latest news from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Published December 13, 2018

UI research improves school lunches for Iowa K–12 students

The Healthy Schools-Healthy Students program works with school districts to encourage students to eat more nutritious lunches more often. The program in Iowa is evaluated by the UI College of Public Health. While the USDA initiative is national, CPH assistant professor Natoshia Askelson says the UI focuses on rural school districts that have unique challenges due to their often remote locations. "Research has shown that if you get kids eating spinach and broccoli and other nutritious foods when they're young, they're more likely to eat them for life,” says Askelson. (Multiple sources) Published November 14, 2018

Survey gathers Iowa LGBTQ health data

In an effort among the first of its kind in the state, researchers have taken steps to understand the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Iowans. The University of Iowa College of Public Health partnered with the Iowa Cancer Consortium, statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization One Iowa, and Des Moines University to produce the LGBTQ Health in Iowa report, a survey of 567 LGBTQ Iowans on their health care and health care access. (Multiple sources) Published November 13, 2018

Study examines how water access and sanitation affect birth outcomes

Spending more time per day fetching water increased Indian women's risk of delivering a low birth weight baby, according to a study by CPH researchers. The study examines the complex relationships between water and sanitation access and social conditions on birth outcomes among women in India. (Multiple sources) Published November 8, 2018

Looking to the Future: Building Healthy Native Communities symposium is Nov. 14

"Looking to the Future: Building Healthy Native Communities" will take place Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. The symposium is hosted by the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center based in the College of Public Health. Published November 7, 2018

Video highlights community-based efforts to increase HPV vaccination

A new video from the University of Iowa's Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network highlights community-based participatory research approaches that began in 2014 to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in the east central Iowa community of West Liberty.  Published November 6, 2018

Study looks at impact of water, sanitation, and social conditions on birth outcomes in India

A new study by researchers in the UI College of Public Health examines the complex relationships between water and sanitation access and social conditions on birth outcomes among women in India. Globally, preterm birth and low infant birth weight are leading causes of maternal and child illnesses and death. In low-income countries, the challenges women face to meet their basic water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs may be a major contributor to adverse health outcomes. Published October 19, 2018

Video: Active Ottumwa celebrates community activities

A new video gives an update on Active Ottumwa's free physical activities offered to the community, including walking groups, water aerobics, tai chi, dance, biking, and many more.  Published October 16, 2018

Survey identifies strengths, problem areas for LGBTQ health in Iowa

A new report from a team of Iowa researchers summarizes the findings of a survey conducted last year about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGTBQ) individuals in Iowa. The survey identified several strengths as well as some problem areas concerning the health of Iowa's LGBTQ population, says Paul Gilbert, lead researcher on the project. "This project sought to develop detailed information that would inform future health services and research efforts," Gilbert says. Published October 11, 2018

Active Ottumwa kicks off Healthiest State Month

Walkers with Active Ottumwa hit the trail Wednesday for the Healthiest State Annual Walk. The walk was part of the Healthiest State Initiative, which encourages Iowans to increase their physical activity by 30 minutes a day. Though local activities are part of a statewide initiative to get people to move more, community leaders run the activities, said Becky Bucklin, research manager with the Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. (Ottumwa Courier) Published October 4, 2018

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