Askelson comments on closing of Planned Parenthood health centers

Recent legislation will close four of 12 Planned Parenthood health centers in Iowa by the end of June. Natoshia Askelson, CPH assistant professor, said Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive capabilities, same-day appointments, and sliding scale fees make it a unique part of the public health safety net. “We have federally qualified health centers, Planned Parenthood, free clinics,” she said. “These are the [providers] who are supporting to make sure people don’t completely fall and crash to the ground. That takes a big piece out.” (The Atlantic) Published May 26, 2017

Study shows that tele-emergency services save patients money

Patients in small towns can save thousands of dollars in health care costs if their local rural hospital is part of a tele-emergency room network, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. “Our study’s primary goal was to identify the amount of money saved in situations when remote emergency medicine professionals can provide the necessary insight to help local providers avoid transfer of the patient,” says study co-author Nabil Natafgi, research associate and adjunct assistant professor of health management and policy. Marcia Ward, professor and director of the Rural Telehealth Research Center at the UI, served as senior author on the paper. (Iowa Now) Published May 24, 2017

Alumna Stephanie Kliethermes talks about finding her strengths as a student

Alumna Stephanie Kliethermes (09MS, 13PhD) talks about her experience with biostatistics faculty mentors who helped her identify her strengths as a student. Published May 23, 2017

UI College of Public Health, Cornell College create new dual degree

The University of Iowa and Cornell College are teaming up to give students more opportunities, enhancing their prospects for careers and graduate study with a new dual-degree program in public health. Cornell students enrolling in this program will earn a bachelor’s degree from Cornell and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in just five years, instead of the typical six years. Published May 23, 2017

Study finds low-carb diet may reduce risk of postmenopausal weight gain

In an analysis of dietary patterns of postmenopausal women using data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, researchers found that those who consumed the fewest carbohydrates had a significantly reduced risk of gaining 10 percent of their body weight over an eight-year period, whereas those who consumed the least fat had a significantly increased risk of gaining more than 10 percent of their body weight over that time period. The research team included Linda Snetselaar, CPH professor of epidemiology. (Baylor College of Medicine) Published May 23, 2017

Hamann works to improve the safety of bicyclists

Cara Hamann, an associate with the CPH Department of Epidemiology, has authored several studies on bicycle safety. "I am working to close the gap between research and policy. The research itself is also innovative. For example, we have conducted some analyses examining charges and convictions related to bicycle- and pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes, which I have not seen elsewhere,” says Hamann. “We have also been able to learn a lot about bicycling risk exposure and driver behavior by incorporating technology into our research.” (Big Ten Network) Published May 23, 2017

Study looks at role of social connections, socioeconomic inequalities in child nutrition in rural India

A recent study led by William Story, University of Iowa assistant professor of community and behavioral health, examined how different forms of social capital may mitigate as well as sustain or reproduce socioeconomic disparities in child underweight in rural India. Published May 22, 2017

Atchison writes about the need to invest in public health

In a guest column, Christopher Atchison, director of the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI and CPH associate dean for public health practice, writes that "Public health and its laboratory system exist to protect the American public from disease and related economic impacts." However, he adds, "the need for these investments are under-recognized in the macro-level discussions about state and federal budgets." (Corridor Business Journal) Published May 22, 2017

Gilbert studies how problem drinkers quit without help

Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health, is studying people in eastern Iowa whose drinking was causing so many problems in their lives that they quit, but did so without entering a clinical treatment program. Gilbert is conducting the study as preparation for his next major research project, which will explore different paths to recovery. (Iowa Now) Published May 22, 2017

Thorne comments on EPA science advisory board changes

CPH Professor Peter Thorne is currently chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He said he would be concerned if members finishing their first three-year term on the board were denied reappointment when their terms expire in September. “It would be a deviation from a process that we have followed for decades and that has worked very well," he said. (Press-Citizen) Published May 22, 2017


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