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.

A Shot of Protection

A network of cancer researchers are investigating ways to boost adolescent HPV vaccination rates. Published December 14, 2018

Improving Rural Cancer Care

Stronger collaborations, better information sharing, and innovative approaches are enhancing cancer care in rural areas. Published December 14, 2018

Healthy LifeStars program teaches kids important habits for lifelong health

The Healthy LifeStars program teaches kids important habits for lifelong 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

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