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.

Video: Native American history and health

Anne Helene Skinstad and Sean Bear with the Native Center for Behavioral Health recently spoke about their work and Native American health and history for a video produced by Partnership for a Healthy Iowa. Published July 7, 2022

Report finds alcohol-related deaths spiked in 2020

CPH associate professor Paul Gilbert recently commented on new data published by the Iowa Department of Public Health that showed a spike in alcohol-related deaths in 2020. (Multiple sources) Published July 5, 2022

Iowa public health professionals invited to share their COVID-19 response stories

A new study is asking Iowa public health professionals to share their COVID-19 response experiences. The study is a partnership between the UI College of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center for Rural Health and Iowa Public Health Association.  Published July 5, 2022

Report shows significant increase in alcohol-involved deaths in Iowa

A new report shows alcohol-involved deaths increased by more than 73% in Iowa between 2008 and 2019. Paul Gilbert, associate professor of community and behavioral health, discussed the findings. (Iowa Public Radio) Published June 24, 2022

Online tools for alcohol recovery could narrow treatment gap

Online resources for supporting recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) are promising but underused, a new study suggests. The CPH research team included Paul Gilbert, Elizabeth Saathoff, and Grant Brown. (Newswise) Published June 22, 2022

Semprini earns NIH training grant for oral cancer project

Jason Semprini, a CPH PhD student, has been awarded an F31 training grant for mentored dissertation research. This $87,000 award will support Semprini’s study on the relationship between access to dental care via Medicaid and early-stage oral cancer detection. Published June 17, 2022

New Iowa training program prepares students for maternal and child health careers

The UI College of Public Health established a new Maternal and Child Health Training Program in fall 2020. The program addresses a rise in the national maternal mortality rate, delivery hospital closures, and workforce needs. Published May 26, 2022

Newsletter highlights school mental health program for Native youth

A new newsletter from the National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health TTC, K-12 School Mental Health Program, provides school leaders and staff with insights on effectively communicating with, collaborating with, and supporting Native children and families. Published May 24, 2022

New toolkit helps pharmacists increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations

A new online toolkit, “Pharmacists’ Guide to Increasing Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines,” gives vaccine providers the knowledge, strategies, and resources needed to address the factors inhibiting vaccine access and confidence. Published May 24, 2022

Johnson receives DEI Team Award

Ebonee Johnson, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and her colleagues have received a $25,000 DEI Team Award from the UI Office of the Vice President for Research.  Published May 12, 2022