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.

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

Rural Restaurant Healthy Options toolkit now available on CDC website

A healthy options toolkit for rural restaurants that was developed by researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center is now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The Rural Restaurant Healthy Options Program helps customers make positive food choices by raising awareness of healthy menu options. This cost-effective intervention targets small owner-operated rural restaurants. Published February 6, 2019

‘Multiple Pathways to Recovery’ conversation is Feb. 13

In this Obermann Conversation, CPH assistant professor Paul Gilbert and colleagues will discuss alternative forms of treating alcohol and drug addictions, including effectiveness for various populations. The event will be held Feb. 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library. Published February 5, 2019

Ashida developing program to keep most vulnerable safe

CPH associate professor Sato Ashida is developing a new tool called PrepWise to keep the elderly and people with disabilities safe during a disaster or other mass emergency. "Some of those things that we find very easy might not be easy for older adults or people who experience disabilities, so we want to make sure people who may need extra help during and after disasters or natural situations like this are prepared before it actually occurs," she says. (KGAN) Published February 5, 2019

Learn about health care in the DR Congo on Feb. 2

The Congolese population in Iowa City and Johnson County is growing rapidly. Join the Congolese Health Partnership on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. in C217 CPHB for an informative session led by members of the local Congolese community about their culture, history, and health care practices. There will be a short formal presentation followed by Q&A.  Published January 24, 2019

Ashida helps area seniors prepare for disaster with PrepWise

CPH associate professor Sato Ashida is developing a project called PrepWise that helps seniors plan for a disaster. Research indicates that the elderly are most at risk in the event of a natural disaster, compounded by mobility issues, chronic health conditions, and other factors limiting access to emergency services. (The Gazette) Published January 24, 2019


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