OEH News

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

Gerr discusses return-to-school plans in Iowa

Fred Gerr, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, recently took part in a panel discussion on plans for Iowa students returning to school this fall. (Iowa Public Radio) Published July 7, 2020

Webinar: COVID-19 Health and Safety Precautions for Schools

Join a free webinar, "Preparing to Learn: COVID-19 Health and Safety Precautions for Schools," at 10 a.m. on July 10. Please register in advance. Published June 25, 2020

Gordie Mitchard shares his story of hockey, courage, and coming out

Gordie Mitchard, a graduate student in occupational and environmental health, wrote about his journey of coming out as a gay athlete in the hyper-masculine world of hockey. (Article contains homophobic language.) Published June 18, 2020

Janssen discusses food systems and the pandemic

Brandi Janssen, CPH clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, recently spoke about the effects of COVID-19 on the food system, both at the commercial level and at the local level. (Obermann Center) Published June 18, 2020

Can studying sewage reveal COVID-19 outbreaks?

Kelly Baker, CPH assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, studies sanitation and clean water. She weighed in on whether a sewage study would work to detect COVID-19 in a population. (The Gazette) Published June 17, 2020

IPRC reminds parents about summer safety for kids

Lisa Roth, deputy director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, says children are more likely to get hurt during the pandemic than in summers past since parents have a lot of additional distractions. "We're encouraging families to really focus in on supervision as they're engaging in their summer activities," Roth says. (Multiple sources) Published June 17, 2020

As new crises emerge, climate change continues

The intersecting crises of a global pandemic, police brutality, and the continuing effects of climate change are being felt around the world. CPH professor Peter Thorne was a recent guest on a program discussing these crises. (Iowa Public Radio) Published June 17, 2020

Using data to develop the best possible prevention strategies

Brandi Janssen, CPH faculty member and director of I-CASH, interviewed two members of the UI's COVID-19 modeling team, Joe Cavanaugh and Grant Brown, about how and why public health models are an important strategy to use in the case of a new disease outbreak. (Lincoln Journal Star) Published June 17, 2020

I-CASH pilots ROPS rebate program

I-CASH is working with the National ROPS Rebate Program to provide funding for Iowa farmers who are on the waiting list to add a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) to their tractor. When used correctly with a seat belt, ROPS are 99% effective in preventing injury or death in the case of a rollover. (Alive & Well Newsletter) Published June 12, 2020

MRASH Conference abstracts due July 15

The 2020 Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference is now accepting abstracts for online or on-site presentations and posters. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 17-18 and will incorporate both online and face-to-face components. Abstract submission will be open until July 15.  Published June 3, 2020

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