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.

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

Iowa leaders organize international workshop on environmental health science research translation

CPH Dean Edith Parker partnered with Rajesh Tandon, founder-president of Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), to organize and host a recent international workshop focused on the use of community-based participatory research methods to reduce the disease burden of environmental exposures. Nicole Novak, CPH assistant research scientist, also served on the organizing committee and participated in the workshop, which took place Feb. 26-28 in New Delhi, India. Published March 8, 2019

Study finds women seek help for alcoholism in different ways than men

A new study finds that women are less likely than men to get help for a drinking problem and are more likely to believe the problem will get better on its own. "We should ask ourselves, 'How can we tailor services for women? How can we improve problem recognition? What messages will encourage women who have drinking problems to get help?'" says Paul Gilbert, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health and the study's lead author. (Iowa Now) Published February 28, 2019

Escoto developing e-cigarette health campaign

Alejandra Escoto, a graduate student in the College of Public Health, is working with Student Health to develop a toolkit with methods to prevent e-cigarette use and assist current users quit smoking. To make sure the campaign is successful with students, Student Health is conducting focus groups for vape users and non-users, Escoto said. (Daily Iowan) Published February 14, 2019

Active Ottumwa part of man’s recovery after injury

An Ottumwa man is a walking miracle after being struck by an SUV last fall while riding his bike. Remi Panlaqui, 74, credits his rapid recovery to a lifetime filled with exercise, including weekly walks with Active Ottumwa at the local mall. (KTVO) Published February 13, 2019

Fellowships and internships build bridges from school to workforce

Fellowships and internships help build bridges between school and the workforce, providing students with hands-on opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they learn during a degree program. Discover what two CPH students and two recent alums have to say about what they gained from their internship or fellowship experiences. Published February 11, 2019

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