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Kaskie comments on older adults’ use of cannabis

As Canada prepares to legalize recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, usage is expected to increase, largely by older adults turning to pot for chronic pain and other age-related problems. There aren't a lot of 65-year-olds who suddenly start using marijuana just for the fun of it, said Brian Kaskie, CPH associate professor of health management and policy. But marijuana can be tricky to dose, it affects people differently, and while some new users experience nothing at all, others can have very unpleasant reactions. (Calgary Herald) Published June 21, 2018

MHA program selected for CAHME Mentorship Circle

Congratulations to the Department of Health Management and Policy and the MHA program: it is among the inaugural inductees to the Mentorship Circle of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The Mentorship Circle designation recognizes programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence not only to their own programs, but across the broader field of graduate health care management education.  Published June 20, 2018

The Complicated Costs of Caregiving

The wave of aging baby boomers means more families are taking on the financial and emotional load of caregiving. Published June 18, 2018

USPSTF: Don’t add ECG for cardio risk assessment

Adding electrocardiography screening to standard cardiovascular disease (CVD) assessment is not necessary for asymptomatic, low-risk adults, according to final recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The recommendation against screening ECG applies to adults with no CVD symptoms or CVD diagnosis, wrote lead author Susan Curry, PhD, of the University of Iowa, and her colleagues. (Cardiology News) Published June 15, 2018

Wright takes a closer look at hospital readmission rates

For the past several years, health care reform efforts have focused on reducing preventable hospital readmissions. However, a new study co-authored by Brad Wright, CPH assistant professor of health management and policy, suggests that when the rising number of non-admitted patients held for observation is factored in, declines in readmissions disappear. (Multiple Sources) Published May 31, 2018

Mueller testifies at Senate hearing on rural health care

On May 24, Keith Mueller, interim dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and director and chair of RUPRI's Rural Health Initiatives, testified at a United States Senate Finance Committee Public Hearing on rural health. The hearing focused on challenges and opportunities in rural health care delivery. Published May 24, 2018

Lexi Pratt, Seamus Taylor named This Is Public Health Ambassadors

Congratulations to CPH students Lexi Pratt and Seamus Taylor for being named Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) This Is Public Health Ambassadors! Throughout the year, Ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with professional development activities. Published May 18, 2018

Uden-Holman named associate provost for undergraduate education, dean of the University College

University of Iowa Interim Provost Sue Curry has named Tanya Uden-Holman the new associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of University College. Uden-Holman is a clinical professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Public Health. She will begin her new role on June 15, 2018.  Published May 17, 2018

Alumna Tina Freese Decker named a Top 25 COO in health care

Tina Freese Decker (02MHA), executive vice president and COO of Spectrum Health, has been named to Modern Healthcare's list of the Top 25 COOs for 2018.  Published May 10, 2018

MHA/JD student elected GPSG president

Dexter Golinghorst, an MHA/JD candidate, was elected president of the University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2018-19 academic year. "I think the UI is at an exciting time of transition between new leadership," Golinghorst said. "As education becomes more important in succeeding, I want to ensure graduate and professional students have a seat at the table, that our voice is heard in these hiring positions."  Published May 2, 2018

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