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.

Afifi named interim head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Professor Rema Afifi has been appointed to serve as interim head of the college's Department of Community and Behavioral Health, effective June 1.  Afifi is an outstanding teacher and researcher who provides proven leadership in academic and practice arenas. She is currently leading the department's development of new strategic priorities, which makes her an ideal candidate to serve in this interim capacity. Published May 22, 2018

Worth participating in NIH Health Communications Internship Program

College of Public Health alumna Wensday Worth (18MPH) has been selected to participate in the Health Communications Internship Program with the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland. Published May 22, 2018

Study looks at effectiveness of gowns, gloves in infection prevention

Contact Precautions (CPs)--wearing gowns and gloves--are often used in the care of patients infected with resistant bacteria. A recent review analyzed 14 studies that described hospitals' experiences in discontinuing contact precautions for multidrug-resistant organisms. The researchers, including CPH doctoral student Grace Ryan, found no increase in infection rates in those hospitals after discontinuation of routine use of CP. (Science Trends)  Published May 18, 2018

UI partners with ‘All of Us’ research initiative

The National Institutes of Health recently launched a precision medicine study -- or a model that customizes individual health care based on genes, environment, and lifestyle -- called the All of Us Research Program. The UI was awarded a $3.6 million grant over a three-year period to inform the public of the study. "We're not enrolling (people into All of Us), we're just trying to facilitate an environment that might be conducive to more people enrolling," said Rema Afifi, CPH professor of community and behavioral health. (The Gazette) Published May 16, 2018

Students honored at Center for Diversity and Enrichment Graduation Reception

Three graduating College of Public Health students -- Christine Kava, Lauren Pass, and Dana Van Der Heide -- were honored for their achievements May 9 at the Center for Diversity and Enrichment Graduation Reception. Published May 10, 2018

CPH Awards highlight faculty, staff achievements

The 2018 College of Public Health Awards Program was held May 2, honoring the research, teaching, and service achievements of faculty and staff. See a list of this year's honorees! Published May 2, 2018

Baquero honored with UI Diversity Catalyst Award

Barbara Baquero, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health and deputy director of the UI Prevention Research Center, was honored April 11 with a University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award. Published May 2, 2018

Edith Parker named new dean of College of Public Health

Edith Parker, professor and chair of the University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health, has been named dean of the UI College of Public Health. She will begin on June 1. Parker will be the third dean of the College of Public Health, which was founded in 1999. She succeeds Keith Mueller, Gerhard Hartman Professor of Health Management and Policy, who served as interim dean since April 2017. Mueller will return to his role as chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy. (Iowa Now) Published May 1, 2018

Research assistants sought for obesity study – apply by April 30

The College of Public Health is partnering with Grinnell College on a project to tackle obesity in Iowa. In anticipation of this project beginning in fall 2018, applications of hourly research assistants are sought. Graduate students from the dietetic internship program, epidemiology, community and behavioral health, health and human physiology, and urban and regional planning are highly encouraged to apply. The deadline is April 30, 2018. Published April 27, 2018

UI poster awarded ‘Best Fit to Theme’ by Iowa Governor’s Conference

Congratulations to the UI team whose poster was awarded "Best Fit to Theme" by the Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health planning committee. The team members included Cristian Meier, Natoshia Askelson, Stephanie Dross, and Felicia Pieper. Published April 25, 2018

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