OEH News

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

Peek-Asa discusses bullying, masks

As a part of National Bullying Prevention Month, researchers say they are noticing something new on intimidation in schools. "Anytime there is stress, new behaviors, unanticipated situations that are stressful, it really does set up an avenue for bullying," said Corinne Peek-Asa, CPH associate dean of research. She says an example of those "unanticipated behaviors" is the pandemic and the safety measures that have come with it, like mask wearing. (KCRG) Published October 8, 2021

CPH researchers find pedestrian death rates are higher for most minorities

Cara Hamann, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, said fatal pedestrian crashes in the U.S. rose by more than 50% from 2008 to 2018. "We see pedestrian fatalities rising overall, but those increases are not equal when we look by racial group," Hamann adds. (ABC15 Arizona) Published October 7, 2021

MRASH conference set for Nov. 8-12

Registration is open for the fully online 2021 Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference. If you are a student, farmer, health care worker or other essential worker, you can apply for a coupon code to register for free! Published October 7, 2021

FarmSafe podcast works to reduce injuries, fatalities for farmers

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is working to help farm workers in Iowa stay safe through a podcast. FarmSafe aims to share first-hand stories from farmers and real-life tips from experts to make safer decisions on the farm. (KGAN) Published October 7, 2021

New podcast shares stories, tips for farm safety and health

The new FarmSafe podcast produced by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health combines near-miss stories from farmers, agricultural workers and emergency responders with tips for better health and safety on the farm. (The Gazette) Published September 30, 2021

Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest awarded renewed funding

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, based at the University of Iowa, has received renewed funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to continue researching the evolving connections between work and health. The federal grant is expected to total more than $6 million over five years. Published September 27, 2021

From the Front Row: A conversation with Dwight Ferguson, U.S. Public Health Service

This week, Alex and Alexis talk to alumnus Dwight Ferguson (06MS, 12PhD) about his career path to the U.S. Public Health Service. Published September 24, 2021

Field discusses role of health care providers in reducing radon risks

Radon gas is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States. CPH professor Bill Field discusses the role health care providers can play in reducing risks through patient education and the promotion of improved public policy. (Rounding@Iowa) Published September 15, 2021

Doctor shares his experience caring for rural patients during COVID-19

Ryan Flannery, a physician in Washington, Iowa, shares his perspective and experience as a rural physician caring for families during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published September 14, 2021

FarmSafe podcast uses stories to promote agricultural health and safety

FarmSafe, a new podcast created by the UI College of Public Health's Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, is helping prevent farm-related injuries and deaths through storytelling and education. (Daily Iowan) Published September 14, 2021