OEH News

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

I-CASH awards 10 youth grants in 2019

Every year Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) provides funds for small grants to community youth groups for farm safety-related projects. Check out the 10 projects that were funded this year. Published June 19, 2019

Video: Diane Rohlman discusses agricultural safety course

Diane Rohlman, director of University of Iowa's Agricultural Safety and Health Program, discusses how the ag safety course provides education on farm hazards and how to prevent injuries. (Telegraph Herald) Published June 13, 2019

Students experience grain bin rescue simulation

Students enrolled in the UI's Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course recently took part in grain bin rescue simulation. Students are taking the class to better understand how to treat farmers' injuries and what dangers farmers face. (KCRG)  Published June 13, 2019

Madison Stewart receives Pulitzer Center Student Reporting Fellowship

Madison Stewart, an MS student in occupational and environmental health, has received a 2019 Student Reporting Fellowship from the Pulitzer Center. She will travel to Costa Rica to examine banana production, focusing on the agricultural workforce that makes it one of the world's leading exporters in bananas. Published June 6, 2019

Fethke comments on health effects of whole-body vibration

Repeated exposure to whole-body vibration impacts the spinal discs, and accumulated vibrations can add up--possibly triggering lower back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders. "Any sort of equipment where an operator is in a seated position has the potential to impart mechanical vibration that could be problematic," said Nathan Fethke, CPH associate professor of occupational and environmental health. (Safey+Health) Published June 6, 2019

Learn about emerging health issues and e-cigarettes on June 21

Learn about health and e-cigarette use at a free session the morning of June 21 in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB). The session "Emerging Issues with Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems" is part of the Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Meeting. Please register in advance and select the Friday morning only option. Published June 4, 2019

Rohlman discusses injury prevention for teen workers

According to NIOSH, a teen is injured in the workplace every five minutes in the United States. "Not having been in the workforce, they don't recognize hazards," said Diane Rohlman, associate professor and director of the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest at the University of Iowa. "If somebody tells them to do something, they're just going to do it. That's the model they've been following." (Safety+Health) Published June 4, 2019

Peek-Asa participates in planning global violence prevention workshop

Corinne Peek-Asa, associate dean for research and professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, served on the planning committee for a National Academy of Medicine Global Violence Prevention Forum workshop held May 16-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Published May 22, 2019

UI research highlights synergies between indoor, outdoor air pollution and increased asthma

New University of Iowa research demonstrates that interactions between indoor and outdoor air pollution contribute to increased emergency room visits for asthma in both children and adults. The research by investigators in the UI College of Public Health is the first nationwide study to examine children and adults co-exposed to house dust endotoxin and outdoor air pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter.  Published May 10, 2019

MRASH conference now accepting abstracts

The Iowa Rural Health Association and Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) will hold a joint conference in Marshalltown, Iowa, Nov. 13-14, 2019. Abstracts for presentations, round tables, and posters are now being accepted. Submissions are due July 1. Published May 9, 2019


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