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Lucky’s Feet: A clubfoot story with a happy ending

Take a break from doomscrolling and check out a new multimedia project from Tom Cook, professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health. Based on a true story, "Lucky's Feet" is a 17-minute animated video about a caring grandmother, a skilled doctor, and a simple treatment that changed the life of an eight-year-old boy.  Published November 20, 2020

Record number of Iowa nursing homes have an active COVID-19 outbreak

The number of active COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes soared to a record 114 Thursday. Hari Sharma, CPH assistant professor of health management and policy, said nursing homes need to follow infection prevention guidance and do more testing. But he said individual Iowans also need to play a role in slowing the virus' spread. (Iowa Public Radio) Published November 20, 2020

From the Front Row: Delivering counseling and mental health services during the pandemic

This episode features a discussion with Barry Schreier, director of the University Counseling Service and professor of counseling psychology. Schreier discusses delivering mental health and counseling services to college students during the COVID-19 pandemic and how counselors and students have adapted to mental health tele-therapy. Published November 19, 2020

EHSRC seeks pilot grant proposals

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center is seeking innovative, environmental health-related pilot grant proposals from University of Iowa researchers. Awards of up to $40,000 are available. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2021. Published November 19, 2020

Wehby comments on recent mask mandates

A growing number of Republican governors, including some who had written off mask mandates as unenforceable, are now requiring people to cover their faces in public. The mask mandates arrived as the nation faces a climbing death toll and skyrocketing case counts. "In some ways, we've chosen to make our policies reactive to the waves of the pandemic rather than getting ahead of it," said George Wehby, CPH professor of health management and policy. (Washington Post) Published November 19, 2020

Applications open for the Summer Health Professions Education Program

Do you know an undergrad interested in the health sciences? Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University of Iowa. SHPEP is a free, six-week summer program for undergraduate students interested in health professional careers. Students from under-represented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Published November 19, 2020

State Hygienic Lab honored with Gazette Business Award

The State Hygienic Laboratory was recently recognized with a Gazette 2020 Business Award. Mike Pentella, director of the SHL and CPH professor of epidemiology, was interviewed about the lab's integral work in COVID-19 testing. Published November 18, 2020

Gerr to present the 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Dec. 2

Fred Gerr, professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health, will present the 2020 College of Public Health Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Dec. 2. His talk is titled, "Meat Packing Plant Workers: A Case Study of a Precarious Workforce." Published November 18, 2020

Contact tracers struggle to keep up with Iowa’s coronavirus cases

As coronavirus cases in Iowa surge, contact tracers are finding it challenging to meet the demand. "I personally have seen cases get a little more complex in terms of the number of people being exposed," says Taya Westfield, one of about 45 CPH students who work as contact tracers with Johnson County Public Health. (The Gazette) Published November 18, 2020

Gerr discusses COVID-19 testing in Iowa

Fred Gerr, professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health, recently discussed what factors Iowans should consider when perusing a COVID-19 test, the science of testing, and how rising COVID-19 cases may impact testing availability across the state. (Iowa Public Radio) Published November 18, 2020

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