OEH News

The latest news from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

GPCAH Pilot Grant Program accepting applications

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) is now accepting applications for new agricultural health and safety research, prevention, intervention, community outreach, and translation pilot projects that will have lasting impacts on the safety and health of farmers and agricultural workers. The center anticipates funding up to four projects with maximum budgets of $30,000. Applications are due July 1, 2021. Published March 31, 2021

PhD student Lexi Pratt discusses her path to occupational and environmental health

CPH doctoral student Lexi Pratt recently was interviewed about her journey to pursuing a degree in the occupational and environmental health and safety field.  Published March 31, 2021

Rohlman discusses farm hazards and youth

While there are many benefits to growing up on a farm, there are also many hazards. Diane Rohlman with the University of Iowa College of Public Health said all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are at the top of the list of hazards for children on farms. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer) Published March 25, 2021

Webinar: Research Methods to Evaluate Firearms Policy

Join the UI Injury Prevention Research Center for a virtual panel discussion on methods, approaches, and data sources to evaluate state firearms public policy. The webinar will take place 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on April 21. Published March 24, 2021

Healthier Workforce Center forms new regional alliance to address mental health in the workplace

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, directed by Diane Rohlman, recently entered into an Alliance Agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Federal Region VII to address behavioral health, which includes mental health and substance use, in the workplace. Published March 18, 2021

Rohlman discusses keeping kids safe on the farm

Diane Rohlman, professor of occupational and environmental heath, spoke about preventing youth injuries and deaths in agricultural settings during a recent webinar in the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Extension Farm & Ranch Safety Webinar Series. (Farm Progress) Published March 17, 2021

Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference set for April 9

The 6th Annual Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference will be held online April 9. Check out the agenda and register today! Published March 16, 2021

Field urges update of OSHA radon standards

The March edition of The Radon Reporter features an article written by Bill Field, professor of occupational and environmental health. Titled “The OSHA Radon Standard,“ the article discusses the ionizing radiation standard for radon, which has remained unchanged since 1971. Published March 11, 2021

Fading memories make childhood trauma research a challenge in adults

A University of Iowa study finds that the limitations of human memory make it difficult for researchers to link adverse childhood experiences to physical health issues later in life. The study was part of a project supported by the UI Injury Prevention Research Center in the College of Public Health and funded by the CDC. (Iowa Now) Published February 25, 2021

Climate change could affect future infectious diseases

UI environmental health experts say climate change could advance the spread of future infectious diseases and frequency of global health disasters. CPH professor Peter Thorne said the typical time span between pandemics is 100 years, but the next pandemic could be sooner. (Daily Iowan) Published February 19, 2021