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.

Webinar: Public Health Careers in the Age of COVID-19

College of Public Health students interested in the job market are invited to a webinar with collegiate alumni from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. Five CPH alumni will discuss the public health job landscape in the age of COVID-19.  Published September 17, 2020

Meet Mark Vander Weg: Q&A with the new head of CBH

Mark Vander Weg began his appointment as head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health (CBH) on July 1, 2020. He recently answered a few questions about his interest in public health, priorities for the department, and some of his favorite things. Published August 24, 2020

Researchers say definition of those most at risk for COVID-19 should be expanded

A recent commentary co-authored by CPH researchers argues that the definition of people most at risk for COVID-19 illness and death should be expanded beyond biological factors to include social factors. Published August 24, 2020

Novak comments on ICE raids and barriers to mental health care

Immigration raids in Mississippi have torn dozens of families apart, leaving communities shattered. Nicole Novak, CPH assistant research scientist, says immigrants face numerous barriers to receiving mental health care. (Clarion Ledger) Published August 20, 2020

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


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