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.

Novak speaks on health impacts of immigration raids

Nicole Novak, a CPH research scientist, recently spoke about the health effects of immigration raids. (KWQC) Published February 12, 2020

Applications sought for Social Justice Sprince Zwerling Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Social Justice Sprince Zwerling Scholarship, awarded to a distinguished, well-deserving graduate student in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. Applications are due March 6. Published February 10, 2020

Watkins comments on new federal rule raising legal age for smoking

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently changed the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, some anti-smoking advocates say that’s not enough. Shannon Watkins, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, says states also need to look at other efforts that discourage teen smoking, like increasing the tobacco tax. (Iowa Public Radio) Published January 23, 2020

Prevention Research Center announces 2020 pilot grants

The Preventive Research Center for Rural Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health is now accepting pilot project proposals to encourage the development of new research projects in rural health disparities. Published January 3, 2020

Funding for 2020 Special Interest Projects available through UI PRC

The Prevention Research Centers program office at the CDC has released an additional Special Interest Project (SIPS) Competitive Supplement for 2020. It is published as RFA-DP-20-003. It is anticipated that up to 11 awards will be made and will start Sept. 30, 2020. These funding opportunities are available only to the 25 Prevention Research Centers […] Published January 2, 2020

Afifi named director of Prevention Research Center

Rima Afifi, UI professor and interim head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, has been named director of the UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health (PRC-RH), a federally funded program conducting applied public health prevention research in underserved communities in Iowa and neighboring states. Published December 31, 2019

Ashida receives Carver Trust Associate Professor Advancement Award

University of Iowa College of Public Health faculty member Sato Ashida has been selected to receive the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Associate Professor Advancement Awards. The $10,000 award is intended to support the advancement of associate professors to full professors. Published December 31, 2019

Student podcast interviews Rima Afifi on vaping

Rima Afifi appears on "From the Front Row," the College of Public Health student podcast, to discuss the health effects of vaping. Published December 30, 2019

Afifi discusses tobacco prevention in native communities

Dr. Rima Afifi, interim head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, discusses preventing tobacco use among native populations in the newsletter Prevention in Our Native American Communities. Published December 30, 2019

Rural Restaurant Healthy Options Program highlighted

The Rural Restaurant Healthy Options Program initiated by the UI PRC was recently showcased as a sustainable rural health program. (Revcycle Intelligence) Published November 21, 2019


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