OEH News

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

Meet our faculty: Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Learn how Professor Patrick O'Shaughnessy's unique set of background skills in engineering and health led to a career in public health.  Published January 11, 2024

Articles by CPH faculty place among Top 10 most read

Three papers written by CPH faculty affiliated with RUPRI were among the Top 10 Rural Monitor Articles of 2023. Check out the titles and authors. Published January 9, 2024

Rohlman writes about unique safety hazards young workers face

Diane Rohlman, professor of occupational and environmental health, recently wrote about the unique occupational safety hazards young workers face. She identified three common causes of this susceptibility to injury: their lack of experience, developing bodies and brains, and reluctance to speak up. (The Conversation) Published January 3, 2024

Baker to participate in U.S.-Africa research symposium

Kelly Baker, associate professor of occupational and environmental health, has been invited to participate in the Second U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, to be held Jan. 16-18, 2024, in Rabat, Morocco.  Published November 29, 2023

Heartland Center request for pilot project proposals

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. Research projects must be related to one of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) sector areas and pertain to an occupational health or safety issue. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2024. Published November 28, 2023

New UI research center focuses on climate resilience

The University of Iowa’s College of Public Health received a $6 million grant to fund a new research center and aid in climate adaptation planning, or how to adjust to the effects of climate change, across the Midwest. The center is led by Brandi Janssen, clinical associate professor of occupational and environmental health. (Daily Iowan) Published November 14, 2023

Submit a poster abstract to the Public Health Conference of Iowa

The 2024 Public Health Conference of Iowa is now accepting student poster abstracts. The conference will be held March 26 and 27 in Des Moines. The deadline for submission is Monday, Jan. 29. Published November 8, 2023

National Injury Prevention Day is Nov. 18

National Injury Prevention Day 2023 is Saturday, Nov. 18. Join the UI Injury Prevention Research Center as we “shine a green light” on injury prevention along with our partners across Iowa and the U.S., including Injury Free Coalition for Kids, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. Learn how to get involved in this day of action. Published November 7, 2023

Agricultural injury prevention important year-round

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Tabitha Kuehn, outreach coordinator of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, said tractor rollovers and grain entrapment are the leading causes of fatalities in Iowa’s agriculture industry. (Daily Iowan) Published November 7, 2023

Gerr comments on the repetitive strain injury epidemic

Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome among office workers gained a lot of attention in the 1980s and 1990s, but perhaps distracted from the far more serious concerns of other workers. “We engage in a disease-du-jour mentality that is based on idiosyncratic factors, such as journalists being worried about computer users, rather than prioritization by the actual rate and the impact on employment and life quality,” said Fredric Gerr, UI professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health. (The Atlantic) Published November 2, 2023