OEH News

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

Youth groups encourage farmer safety

This fall, with support from Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), 20 4-H and FFA chapters across Iowa will distribute nearly 2,000 "Stay Safe, Take a Break" bags to farmers this harvest season. I-CASH supplied safety materials, including hearing protection, disposable N95 masks, information about equipment vibration, hearing loss, and roadway safety. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published October 18, 2017

Field to be honored with Iowa Cancer Champion Award

Bill Field, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, will be awarded a 2017 Iowa Cancer Champion Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit Oct. 18 in Ankeny, Iowa. Field, a nationally recognized radon expert, was nominated for championing policy and systems change to reduce exposure to radon and ultimately reduce radon-induced lung cancer in Iowa. Published October 12, 2017

UI report addresses prescription opioid, heroin epidemic in Iowa

A new report from the University of Iowa includes several policy and program recommendations to address the state's opioid crisis after a review process involving dozens of stakeholders from across the state. Carri Casteel, associate professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health and report co-author, says the epidemic is affecting all Iowans, whether they live in rural or urban counties. (Multiple sources) Published October 4, 2017

Gilbert, Janssen selected as IIPHRP Policy Fellows

The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) is pleased to announce the newest members of its Policy Fellow Program. The 2017-2018 Policy Fellows are Paul Gilbert, UI assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and Brandi Janssen, UI clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health.   Published September 27, 2017

MRASH conference meets Nov. 14-15 in Pella

Don't miss out -- the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) conference meets Nov. 14-15 in Pella, Iowa. Topics include creating a culture of safety, immigrant farmworker health issues, responding to farm emergencies, a student career luncheon, poster sessions, and more! Published September 19, 2017

Farmer recounts ATV rollover ordeal

In June 2106, Kenny Patterson, a farmer from Cherokee, Iowa, was spraying thistles in a lower pasture when his four-wheeler overturned and rolled onto him, breaking his right femur near the hip. "I was instantly (mad at myself). ... Stupid, stupid," he said about driving on a sloped grade with uneven terrain. "I thought, 'This four-wheeler is gonna catch on fire and burn up; I don't want to get toasted too.'" For the next five hours, he inched his way up the hill using his arms and elbows. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published September 14, 2017

DNR scoring system fails to protect Iowans’ air, water, health

The "Master Matrix" is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scoring system designed to bring county government into the process of locating large concentrated animal feeding operations. CPH Professors Emeriti David Osterberg and James Merchant recently wrote about why the entire process of approving animal confinement facilities needs to be changed. (Des Moines Register) Published September 8, 2017

Video: CPH students start academic year with service projects

At its core, public health is about working together to create a healthier world. Each fall semester, our students have the opportunity get out of the classroom and put that ethos to work by volunteering with community organizations for a day of service. Published September 5, 2017

UI-sponsored safe drinking water symposium set for Sept. 21-22

Assessing risks and developing strategies to ensure the safety of Iowa's drinking water will be the focus when leading state and national water quality experts gather at a University of Iowa-sponsored event in Des Moines Sept. 21-22. The symposium, "Challenges to Providing Safe Drinking Water in the Midwest," will be held at Drake University. Registration is available online. Published August 18, 2017

Peek-Asa discusses lack of data on gun violence

CPH Professor Corinne Peek-Asa recently spoke about a study she published that looks into who pays for gun violence. "[F]irearms injuries tracking is based on a code that allows different types of weapons to be identified. Most of them were coded as 'we don’t know' what type of firearm was used. So, it's problematic that we aren't collecting this information. It really limits what we are able to learn from the data set." (Iowa Public Radio) Published August 16, 2017

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