University of Iowa researchers receive funding to study targeted cancer therapies

Faculty from the Greater Plains Collaborative Iowa Research Center, located in the UI Department of Epidemiology's Health Effectiveness Research Center in collaboration with the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Core, have received funding from PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, to perform rapid-cycle research on cancer molecular targeted therapies. The UI will receive $235,000 of the total $1 million award for this nine-site collaborative study. Published September 21, 2017

Kaskie studies marijuana use among seniors

The CDC has found that marijuana use among adults over 65 increased more than 300 percent between 2002 and 2014. Brian Kaskie, CPH associate professor of health management and policy, is studying this population's usage habits. "Older adults are, for example, more likely to have a prescription medication to begin with. And so how does the use of cannabis intersect with that?" he says. "That becomes one question — we don’t know." (Colorado Public Radio) Published September 21, 2017

Kurayi Mahachi selected as a This Is Public Health Ambassador

Congratulations to MPH student Kurayi Mahachi for being named an ASPPH This Is Public Health Ambassador! Twenty graduate public health students nominated by their programs were selected as the inaugural class. These students will participate in virtual events, social media takeovers, and events for pre-health students to help raise awareness of the field of public health and help recruit students to ASPPH member institutions.  Published September 21, 2017

Alum Chris Klitgaard credits company’s success to workplace culture

MediRevv is celebrating 10 years in business this year and the company's leader predicts faster growth and expanded offerings in the next decade. CEO and CPH alumnus Chris Klitgaard (99MHA) credits the company's success in part to a culture that balances hard work with flexible scheduling and opportunities to give back. Published September 20, 2017

Have you taken your Personal Health Assessment?

By taking the online Personal Health Assessment as a part of the liveWELL program, UI faculty and staff will receive a printable feedback report that includes information and resources in areas like stress management, exercise, and nutrition. Additionally, receive up to $65 on your next month's paycheck, access to a free Health Coach Service, and the opportunity to receive the Recreation Membership Incentive. Published September 20, 2017

UI collaborating with multiple agencies for a resilient Iowa

The University of Iowa Colleges of Medicine, Education, and Public Health are collaborating with multiple statewide initiatives and governmental agencies to organize an invitation-only workshop titled "Collaborating for a Resilient Iowa Through a Trauma-Informed Lens" to be held on Sept. 25-26 in Coralville. (The Gazette) Published September 20, 2017

Business Leadership Network seeks proposals for Community Grant Projects

The University of Iowa College of Public Health and its Business Leadership Network invite potential community partners to submit proposals that enhance the capacity of business enterprises in Iowa's small- and medium-sized communities to improve the health and well-being of area residents. "We are pleased to provide this funding opportunity as part of our ongoing efforts to partner with communities and business leaders across the state to increase the well-being of Iowans," says Edith Parker, CPH professor and head of community and behavioral health. (Daily Iowegian) Published September 20, 2017

MRASH conference meets Nov. 14-15 in Pella

"Best Practices for New Horizons" is the theme for the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) conference scheduled for Nov. 14-15 in Pella, Iowa. Topics include creating a culture of safety, immigrant farmworker health issues, responding to farm emergencies, a student career luncheon, poster sessions, and more! Published September 19, 2017

Gilbert to speak at UI Harm Reduction Summit

The UI Harm Reduction Summit will gather current and future health professionals to discuss the role of harm reduction practices in facing Iowa’s current opioid, meth, and hepatitis C crises. The panel on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. will feature Dr. Paul Gilbert and Dr. Stephan Arndt speaking about their research on substance use and its impact on public health. The event will take place in MERF 1110 with lunch available for attendees.  Published September 15, 2017

Farmer recounts ATV rollover ordeal

In June 2106, Kenny Patterson, a farmer from Cherokee, Iowa, was spraying thistles in a lower pasture when his four-wheeler overturned and rolled onto him, breaking his right femur near the hip. "I was instantly (mad at myself). ... Stupid, stupid," he said about driving on a sloped grade with uneven terrain. "I thought, 'This four-wheeler is gonna catch on fire and burn up; I don't want to get toasted too.'" For the next five hours, he inched his way up the hill using his arms and elbows. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published September 14, 2017


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