OEH News

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

Field: Family physicians play a key role in informing patients about radon

University of Iowa professor of occupational and environmental health and leading radon expert Bill Field writes that family physicians can play a key role in informing their patients about the health risks posed by radon exposure and in recommending proactive actions to reduce radon exposure.  Published September 5, 2018

Catch up on Heartland Center news

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety's latest newsletter takes a look at opioid death rates by occupation, ensuring the safety of temporary workers, the Hawkeye on Safety conference, Fire Prevention Week, and more. Published August 30, 2018

Lack of portable insurance adds health care burden to migrant workers

CPH Professor Charles Lynch and alumna Ashlee Johannes (16MS) are quoted in an article about migrant farm workers' lack of portable insurance. Migrant workers often under-report their illnesses and injuries, partially because of limited or no access to health insurance, said Johannes. (Des Moines Register) Published August 23, 2018

Mikulski appointed to nuclear workers health panel

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced 12 appointees to the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Alumnus Marek Mikulski (11PhD, 02MPH), an adjunct assistant professor, assistant research scientist, and co-principal investigator for the Burlington Atomic Energy Commission Plant and Ames Lab Former DOE Worker Medical Screening Programs in the CPH Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, is one of four members new to the board. Published August 15, 2018

Gibbs comments on pesticide drift

An article about the health concerns of wind-blown pesticides includes comments from Jenna Gibbs, coordinator of the UI Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health. The University of Iowa is a leader in researching pesticide drift. (KUNC) Published August 15, 2018

Alumna Josie Rudolphi discusses farmers’ mental health, well-being

Alumna Josie Rudolphi (17PhD) is currently an associate research scientist with the National Farm Research Center in Marshfield, Wis. She recently was a guest on a radio show where she discussed research in the area of farmers' mental health and resources to deal with stress.  Published August 2, 2018

Janssen to lead collaboratory focusing on overdose prevention in Iowa

Brandi Janssen, CPH clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, has been selected by the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) to establish a new collaboratory that will gather data to help prevent drug overdoses in Iowa. A collaboratory is a creative group process designed to solve complex problems and brings together collaborators from different backgrounds and disciplines to expand the scope, scale, and impact of critical public health research. Published August 2, 2018

Federal funding for research increases at the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa had another strong year for projects that will benefit Iowans, the country, and world thanks to an increase in federal funding for research and the number of proposals, grants, and contracts awarded in fiscal year 2018. The College of Public Health saw in increase in research dollars, up 15 percent or $5.8 million over last year, to $43.8 million in FY 18. (Iowa Now) Published July 19, 2018

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship information session is Sept. 19

Are you interested in investigating and illuminating global public health issues that are overlooked and unreported? Learn more about the 2019 summer reporting fellowship with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting at an information session on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Published July 16, 2018

UI forced to make difficult budget decisions following state funding cuts

After back-to-back state budget cuts by the Iowa Legislature, the University of Iowa will close seven centers and furlough more than 30 individuals whose position is not directly tied to student instruction. The university also will reduce funding for a handful of other centers, including Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health based in the College of Public Health. (Iowa Now) Published July 13, 2018

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