Last responders faced risks as COVID spread

A UI College of Public Health study is looking at the pandemic's toll on the mental health of coroners, funeral workers, and other deathcare workers. In the first phase of the study last summer, more than half of those surveyed said they experienced moderate to high levels of stress. (Frontline) Published June 18, 2021

From the Front Row: Discussing health care and the human experience with Dr. Ken Anderson

This week's episode features a conversation with Dr. Ken Anderson, a physician, health administrator, policy advisor, and author. Dr. Anderson served as a medical affairs advisor on President Clinton's National Health Policy Team, and is currently the director of the Executive MHA program at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Published June 17, 2021

Webinar: Re-Engaging at Work During and After COVID-19

If COVID-19, remote work, and other recent challenges have you feeling less excited and enthusiastic about your work, you are not alone! So what can you do to bounce back and re-engage yourself and those you lead as we return to a "new normal" of work? On July 13, learn about evidence-based strategies for engaging at work from two Tippie College of Business experts. Published June 17, 2021

Alumna discusses hospice care, impact of the pandemic

Alumna Sara Krieger (19MHA) was a guest on a recent podcast where she discussed what hospice care is, who can benefit from it, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted its delivery. Published June 17, 2021

Hoppe Parr earns Certified Industrial Hygienist certification

Kimberly Hoppe Parr (13PhD) has earned the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) professional certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Parr is a toxicologist and occupational and environmental health scientist with GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. Published June 17, 2021

Summer Social Justice Reading Group – “Summer of Short Stories”

Join the Social Justice Reading group for weekly, virtual discussions about short fiction selections! Be a part of an informal learning community that works towards creating an equitable and inclusive environment and discusses issues related to social justice. No prior experience or attendance is required! Faculty, staff, graduate students, and UI community members are welcome to join.  Published June 16, 2021

Janssen appointed interim director of undergraduate programs

Brandi Janssen, clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, will serve as the College of Public Health's interim undergraduate program director beginning July 1, 2021. Published June 11, 2021

Kaskie discusses age diversity in the workforce

Many organizations have been struggling to create a more diverse and welcoming work environment. "We're having a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) moment in the workplace," says Brian Kaskie, CPH associate professor of health management and policy. "We want to bring age into that too." Kaskie leads an initiative called Colorado's Above-Fifty Employment Strategies. (Forbes) Published June 10, 2021

Study evaluates performance of 3D-printed face masks

A team of researchers that includes CPH professors Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Peter Thorne are experimenting with 3D-printed masks as a substitute for N95s and other respiratory devices. A new study evaluated how well the 3D masks perform, with a focus on the filter materials used to block out airborne particles and liquid contaminants. (VA Research Currents) Published June 10, 2021

Cancer centers nationwide urge getting HPV vaccines back on schedule

Cancer centers across the country are urging Americans to get human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations of adolescents back on schedule. "Vaccinations have just become a lower priority and that makes sense. But right now, we need to get kids back on track," said Natoshia Askelson, assistant professor of community and behavioral health. (KGAN) Published June 10, 2021