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.

Researchers say COVID-19 messaging for youth needs improvement

A group of UI researchers recently published a commentary in the Journal of Adolescent Health calling for more effective COVID-19 messaging targeted at adolescent and young adult populations. Published July 29, 2020

Connecting refugees in Eastern Iowa with mental well-being support

Refugee populations have risen in Eastern Iowa in recent years, but there are often gaps in access to resources as they transition to a new life in a new place. UI faculty members William Story, Rima Afifi, and Amy Weismann are working to make mental well-being support more available to refugees. Published July 28, 2020

Parker named to Fitwel Academic Advisory Group

Edith Parker, CPH dean and professor, is a member of the Fitwel Academic Advisory Group. The group provides expert insights on COVID-19 and ensures best practices for viral mitigation in the building industry. (PR Newswire) Published July 16, 2020

Gilbert discusses alcohol consumption and spread of COVID-19

Paul Gilbert, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health, was interviewed about the role that alcohol consumption may play in contracting and transmitting COVID-19. (Daily Iowan) Published July 15, 2020

New research to examine COVID-19 impacts in rural communities

A grant from the National Science Foundation will support a new research project aimed at understanding the socioeconomic, health, and emotional impacts of COVID-19 in rural communities. Nicole Novak, assistant research scientist in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, is a co-principal investigator on the new grant. Published July 9, 2020

Novak discusses the impact of immigration raids on Latino communities

Nicole Novak, an assistant research scientist in the College of Public Health, co-authored an issue brief titled "An Unnatural Disaster: The Impact of Immigration Raids on Latino Communities." A related podcast is also available. (Immigration Initiative at Harvard) Published July 8, 2020

Vander Weg named new head of community and behavioral health

The University of Iowa College of Public Health named Mark Vander Weg the new head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, effective July 1. In his new position, Vander Weg said he plans to focus on issues of health equity and social justice. (Daily Iowan) Published June 25, 2020

Mark Vander Weg to lead Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Dr. Mark Vander Weg has been named the head of the University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health. His appointment begins July 1, 2020. Published June 12, 2020

Video: CPH undergrad discusses her internship in Kenya

Public health undergraduate student Anna Correa recently talked about her internship in western Kenya that focused on reducing childhood mortality. Her internship is one example of the types of experiential learning our public health students engage in. Published May 28, 2020

Campaign reminds people to take COVID-19 precautions outdoors

CPH doctoral student Anne Abbott has been working with Iowa parks and trail groups to spread the word about social distancing outside. (The Gazette) Published May 27, 2020


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