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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

MHA student Marisa Polonsky wins ACHE essay competition

Marisa Polonsky, a second-year Master of Health Administration student in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, earned first place in the Graduate Division of the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Health Care Management, sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Polonsky will be recognized at the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, March 6.  Published January 31, 2019

Wehby to study effects of minimum wage on long-term child health and development

A new University of Iowa research project will analyze the impact of a largely unstudied policy lever--changes in minimum wages--on child health and development. The research, a two-year project led by principal investigators George Wehby, professor of health management and policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and colleagues, is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Published January 29, 2019

UI students develop app to improve public speaking

CPH alumnus Nico Aguilar and current CPH student Anthony Pham are co-founders of Speeko, a voice analytics company that uses artificial intelligence to help people avoid embarrassing public speaking experiences by measuring and improving their verbal communication skills. As a team, the two have pitched their way to start-up success at a number of university and international entrepreneurial competitions. (Iowa Now) Published January 24, 2019

Alumna Michelle Niermann discusses new CEO role

On Jan. 1, Michelle Niermann (94MA) became president and CEO of UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids. Niermann said she aims to change the way the health system is reimbursed to provide better health outcomes for patients. "If those payment systems can transform, we think that we can deliver better health care and we think we can actually lower costs," she said. Published January 9, 2019

CPH students featured in ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

At the University of Iowa, nearly all graduate and professional students, and 30 percent of undergraduates, participate in research before they graduate. Meet 42 outstanding UI undergraduate and graduate students -- including five College of Public Health students -- who are featured in the most recent Dare to Discover banner campaign sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Published January 8, 2019

Alumna Tina Freese Decker featured in magazine profile

Alumna Tina Freese Decker (02MHA), president and CEO of Spectrum Health, was recently featured in the publication West Michigan Woman. Read more about her path to health care administration, work philosophy, and professional advice. "I want to make an impact and help people achieve better health. Good health is central to people living a happy, productive life," she says. Published December 20, 2018

John Corbeil named CEO of Kingwood Medical Center

Alumnus John Corbeil (12MHA), who has been the chief operating officer at HCA's Medical City Fort Worth since March 2016, has been named the new chief executive officer of HCA Houston Healthcare's Kingwood Medical Center, effective Jan. 14, 2019.  Published December 19, 2018

MPH student selected for UIHC health policy fellowship

College of Public Health student Delaney Bounds has been selected for a year-long health policy fellowship with University Iowa Health Care. Bounds, a Master of Public Health degree candidate in the Department of Health Management and Policy, will serve as the 2019-2020 Stacey Cyphert Health Policy Fellow. Published December 19, 2018

RUPRI report guides rural hospitals along the ‘spectrum of integration’

The health care landscape in the United States continues to be transformed by powerful market forces and hospitals everywhere face an array of daunting competitive challenges. A new report from the University of Iowa-based Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis highlights how rural, generally smaller, hospitals confront these same market hurdles while also trying to manage care for a decreasing population that is often older, sicker, and poorer than that of their urban counterparts.  Published December 18, 2018