Active Ottumwa helps residents get more physically active

The obesity rate in Iowa for 2016 stands at 32.0 percent, down from 32.1 percent the previous year, according to the CDC. Active Ottumwa is working to help people become active, which will make them more physically fit. (KYOU) Published September 7, 2017

Ward discusses NQF quality measurement framework plan for telehealth

A recent National Quality Forum (NQF)report aims to set a national framework for measuring and supporting success in telehealth and telemedicine. "Telehealth is a vital resource, especially for people in rural areas seeking help from specialists, such as mental health providers," says Marcia Ward, director of the UI Rural Telehealth Research Center and co-chair of NQF's Telehealth Committee. "Telehealth is health care. It is critically important that we measure the quality of telehealth and identify areas for improvement just as we do for in-person care." (Multiple sources) Published September 7, 2017

CPH undergraduate program continues to grow

The new College of Public Health undergraduate program is welcoming 34 new students, in addition to the 40 who enrolled last year. Read what sophomores Mikaela Mikkelsen and Austin Wu have to say about their decisions to pursue public health. (Iowa Now) Published September 7, 2017

Six genes linked with preterm births

Researchers have found mutations in six genes that affect whether a woman is likely to have a preterm baby. The findings could lead to ways to test women and perhaps intervene to help keep the developing baby safe in the mother's womb for as long as possible, the researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The research team included Kelli Ryckman, CPH associate professor of epidemiology. (NBC News) Published September 7, 2017

Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology is Sept. 14

Dr. Xihong Lin will present the 2017 Hsu-Li Distinguished Lectureship in International Epidemiology on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Ellig Classroom (N120 CPHB). All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.  Published September 6, 2017

Nominations for Iowa Public Health Heroes Award due Oct. 2

Do you know an outstanding public health practitioner in Iowa? Nominate him or her for a 2017 Iowa Public Health Heroes Award. Nominations are invited from across all fields of public health and a range of career paths, including service in local leadership, advocacy, business, as a newcomer to public health practice, or for career achievement. Nominations of individuals from traditional and non-traditional public health organizations are encouraged. Materials are due Monday, Oct. 2. Published September 6, 2017

Call for abstracts: 2018 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health

The 2018 Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The conference will take place April 10 and 11, 2018, in Des Moines. Submissions are due Oct. 6, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply! Published September 6, 2017

Grad students invited to Obermann Graduate Institute info session

The Obermann Graduate Institute is a one-week interdisciplinary institute in which UI graduate students from across campus and at any point in their graduate studies explore how public engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work. Learn more about the 2018 institute and how to apply at an information session from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Obermann Center (111 Church St.). Published September 6, 2017

Video: CPH students start academic year with service projects

At its core, public health is about working together to create a healthier world. Each fall semester, our students have the opportunity get out of the classroom and put that ethos to work by volunteering with community organizations for a day of service. Published September 5, 2017

Wright comments on Iowa’s waiver request

Iowa is looking to create a temporary, standardized health insurance policy to stabilize the state's troubled individual insurance market. The proposed changes will test the Affordable Care Act's waiver guardrails; Federal officials promised in March to be more flexible with these waivers. "If it gets approved I think that's a signal to other states the administration is willing to take a pretty liberal interpretation of this waiver authority," says Brad Wright, CPH assistant professor of health management and policy. (Bloomberg BNA) Published August 31, 2017

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