OEH News

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

International opportunity: Pulitzer Center Summer Reporting Fellowship

Are you interested in investigating and writing about global public health issues? If so, apply for the Pulitzer Center Summer Reporting Fellowship, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel abroad and further your understanding of a global health topic of your choice. Apply by Oct. 15, 2018, for the summer 2019 fellowship. Published July 16, 2018

UI forced to make difficult budget decisions following state funding cuts

After back-to-back state budget cuts by the Iowa Legislature, the University of Iowa will close seven centers and furlough more than 30 individuals whose position is not directly tied to student instruction. The university also will reduce funding for a handful of other centers, including Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health based in the College of Public Health. (Iowa Now) Published July 13, 2018

Peek-Asa discusses swimming safety

More than 1,000 children drowned in the United States in 2016, according to a recent report from Safe Kids Worldwide. So how can Iowa reduce drowning deaths, including those in open water? First of all, children should be wearing life jackets, said Corinne Peek-Asa, associate dean for research and a professor in the UI College of Public Health. She also recommends parents use "touch supervision" with elementary-age or younger children--which means staying within arm's reach of kids in the water. (The Gazette) Published July 3, 2018

Field presents webinar on new radon guide for health care providers

CPH Professor Bill Field recently presented a webinar describing a new educational resource titled "A Guide for Health Care Providers - Reducing the Risk From Radon: Information and Interventions." Field was part of the team that developed the guide at the request of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, a non-governmental professional organization.  Published July 3, 2018

CPH student leads hands-on sessions for STEM camp

The UI is offering a week-long camp for more than a dozen seventh- to ninth-grade girls to learn more about potential STEM careers. Kate Crawford, a doctoral student in industrial hygiene, helped lead hands-on demonstrations for the students. "I wasn't doing camps like this when I was that age, and I wish I was. I feel like it took me a while to figure out this is a career I want to be in," Crawford said. (KGAN) Published June 19, 2018

Collaboration + Laboratory = Collaboratory

A creative partnership model brings teams of experts together to solve complex public health problems. Published June 18, 2018

Video focuses on preventing workplace violence

Carri Casteel and Corinne Peek-Asa from the UI Injury Prevention Research Center talk about risk factors for and prevention of workplace violence in a new video from Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest. Published June 15, 2018

Peek-Asa offers advice on teaching teens to drive

Teaching teens to drive can be stressful for both kids and parents. For Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa, timing was everything when sharing feedback with her two teenage daughters. "I had to be patient with their moods," she explains. "It might have been a good time for me, but it wasn’t for them." (Washington Post) Published May 31, 2018

CPH hosts Mental Health First Aid Training Course

The College of Public Health recently hosted the Mental Health First Aid Training Course. In addition to raising awareness about different types of mental illness, the 8-hour course provides participants with the key skills and resources necessary to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Diane Rohlman, associate professor of occupational and environmental health, with support from the CPH Diversity Committee, organized the training. Published May 24, 2018

OCAD, BLN host Worker Health and Safety Forum

Oelwein Chamber and Area Development (OCAD) partnered with the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the University of Iowa College of Public Health to bring a Worker Health and Safety Forum to the Plaza on Wednesday, May 16. (Oelwein Daily Register) Published May 23, 2018

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