OEH News

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

Thorne to take part in ‘Living with Smoke’ panel discussion

The Pentacrest Museums will host a free virtual program on March 20 to explore the impact of smoke on public health in the Western and Midwestern United States. Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health, is part of the expert panel.  Published March 7, 2024

Researchers examine deprescribing medication to reduce falls

Among U.S. adults at least 65 years of age, falls are the leading cause of injuries and deaths. University of Iowa researchers Korey Kennelty and Carri Casteel are studying a less researched falls prevention strategy, called deprescribing. (IPRC) Published February 28, 2024

UI study: What are women farmers most stressed about?

Heavy workloads, market instability, and environmental concerns top the list of stressors for women farmers in Iowa, according to recent University of Iowa research. The paper was co-authored by Jonathan Davis, research assistant professor of occupational and environmental health. (The Gazette) Published February 21, 2024

Take the Environmental Health Needs Assessment

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center invites you to take a survey, an Environmental Health Needs Assessment. It should take about 15 minutes to complete, and participants can enter into a drawing to win $25. Published February 21, 2024

Young Iowans work to improve farm safety

Youth groups across Iowa carried out agricultural safety projects in their communities as part of the annual Agricultural Youth Grant Program sponsored by Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published February 14, 2024

Sign up for the Jakobsen Research Showcase

Graduate students are invited to share their research at the Jakobsen Research Showcase on March 23. Presentations can include posters, oral talks, a short performance, or art display. Register by Feb. 26.  Published February 14, 2024

IPRC accepting pilot research project proposals

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. The center is particularly interested in interdisciplinary pilot projects with a focus on populations disproportionately affected by injury and violence. The application deadline is April 19, 2024. Published February 13, 2024

Iowa study uses new tool to examine stress among women farmers

UI researchers Carly Nichols, assistant professor of geographical and sustainability sciences, and Jonathan Davis, research assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, have created and tested a new tool — the Women Farmer Stress Inventory (WFSI) — to better understand the types of stressors women farmers face. Published January 25, 2024

Rohlman comments on safeguarding workers during extreme cold

Diane Rohlman, professor of occupational and environmental health, discussed how cold weather conditions are a workplace hazard and what measures employers can take to reduce risks to workers. (KGAN) Published January 24, 2024

Nominations for 2024 Outstanding Alumni Awards due Feb. 29

The UI College of Public Health is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for its 2024 Outstanding Alumni Awards. This award program recognizes outstanding alumni in two categories: first, recent graduates who have completed College of Public Health programs within the past ten years and, second, other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers. Published January 16, 2024