Epidemiology News

Criminal justice, immigration, and community health panel is April 22

How do law enforcement and incarceration intersect with health and health equity in Iowa? Attend a panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives from community members and CPH graduate students conducting research in this area. This CPH Spotlight Series presentation will take place Monday, April 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in C217 CPHB. Published April 18, 2019

2019 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award winners honored

Congratulations to Nichole Nidey and Monisa Saravanan, the recipients of the 2019 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award! The award recognizes two College of Public Health students whose research or practice experience as a student in the college demonstrates commitment to one or more of the College's Collective Areas of Excellence.  Published April 17, 2019

Goraleski, Mahachi discuss emerging infectious diseases

Karen Goraleski, CEO of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and recent CPH guest lecturer, along with CPH epidemiology student Kurayi Mahachi, recently discussed the movement and spread of infectious diseases on a podcast produced by the Carver College of Medicine. (The Short Coat) Published April 17, 2019

CPH collaborating with Newton Community Health Partnership

The Newton Community Health Partnership is a collaboration of local stakeholders working with teams from the University of Iowa and Grinnell College to promote physical activity and healthy eating habits. Linda Snetselaar, UI associate provost of outreach and engagement and CPH professor of epidemiology, is one of the project investigators. She said Newton has been "so responsive" to the changes and in developing projects for its community. (Multiple sources) Published April 17, 2019

Author of ‘Sicker, Fatter, Poorer’ will discuss hormone-disrupting chemicals and public health April 18

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals are found in our homes, offices, and air we breathe -- and accumulating evidence shows they are negatively affecting our brains, bodies, and environment. Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a pediatrician, professor, world-renowned researcher, and author of "Sicker, Fatter, Poorer," exposes the chemicals that disrupt our hormonal systems and damage our health. Trasande will present a talk and discussion, “What should we do about PFAS, BPA, and other endocrine disruptors?” on Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. in C217 CPHB. His presentation is free and open to the public.  Published April 10, 2019

Alumna Michele Connelly Black honored for distinguished public health career

The Pleasant Valley Community School District has named CPH alumna Michele Connelly Black (87PhD) the recipient of the 2019 Pleasant Valley Community School District Wall of Honor Award, which recognizes distinguished graduates from Pleasant Valley High School. In 1988, Black was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service, which started her 25 year career as an epidemiologist at the CDC. Published April 2, 2019

2019 Cancer in Iowa report highlights HPV-related cancers

While the overall number of new cases for most types of cancer in Iowa remains mostly unchanged, the number of cancers related to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is on the rise. According to the 2019 Cancer in Iowa report issued March 5 by the State Health Registry of Iowa, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with HPV cancers. (Multiple sources) Published March 5, 2019

Tune in to 2019 Cancer in Iowa discussion on IPR March 5

Tune in to Iowa Public Radio's River to River program at noon on Tuesday, March 5 to hear researchers and clinicians discuss the 2019 Cancer in Iowa report with a special focus on HPV-related cancers. Guests will include Mary Charlton, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology; George Weiner, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa; and Nathan Boonstra, pediatrician at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines. Published February 27, 2019

Snetselaar to serve on 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Linda Snetselaar, CPH professor of epidemiology and endowed chair of preventive nutrition, is one of 20 nationally recognized scientists selected to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory committee will help inform development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Published February 22, 2019

Study looks at relationship between maternal depression, opioid use

A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa shows that mothers diagnosed with postpartum depression and having undergone a Cesarean section are five times more likely to fill at least two opioid prescriptions in the three months following labor than are mothers without those conditions. Kelli Ryckman, associate professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health, led the study, which was conducted by members of the Iowa Perinatal Health Research Collaborative. Published February 18, 2019

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