OEH News

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

Webinar: Public Health Careers in the Age of COVID-19

College of Public Health students interested in the job market are invited to a webinar with collegiate alumni from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. Five CPH alumni will discuss the public health job landscape in the age of COVID-19.  Published September 17, 2020

Gerr advises postponing Johnson County trials

Citing the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Johnson County, officials last week planned to postpone jury trials here. CPH professor Fred Gerr was one of two health professionals to write statements about the danger of resuming jury trials. (Des Moines Register) Published September 17, 2020

Toilets may be spreading COVID-19

Toilet flushing may spread COVID-19, among other diseases. A 2018 study co-authored by CPH researchers found high concentrations of bioaerosols when a hospital toilet with no lid was flushed. (Washington Post) Published September 10, 2020

Healthier Workforce Center launches suicide prevention campaign

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest has created a suicide prevention campaign for the workplace that features a variety of free resources. Published September 2, 2020

IPRC’s bicycle safety research highlighted

Bicycle safety research conducted by the UI Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) was recently highlighted as success story on the CDC's Injury Prevention & Control site. Published September 2, 2020

“The Story of Plastic” documentary discussion is Sept. 16

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center is hosting a free virtual film screening and discussion of the documentary "The Story of Plastic." Published September 2, 2020

Researchers receive $2.5M grant to study how societal development affects diarrheal disease transmission

A research team led by College of Public Health investigators Kelly Baker and Dan Sewell has received a $2.5 million grant over five years to study how societal development affects the transmission of diarrheal disease among infants in urban Kenya. Published September 1, 2020

New podcast, video offer return-to-work resources

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest has produced a new video and podcast that offer resources for a healthier return to work. Published August 25, 2020

Baker comments on countries’ strategies to fight pandemic

CPH assistant professor Kelly Baker recently discussed ways other countries have tackled the pandemic, noting that countries that adopted national mandates proved to have more effective strategies than the U.S. (Daily Iowan) Published August 14, 2020

Gerr comments on online versus in-person learning

Fred Gerr, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, was recently interviewed about the debate over online versus in-person learning for Iowa K-12 schools this fall. (Multiple sources) Published August 14, 2020

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