OEH News

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

Study finds police more likely to crash in emergency mode

A recent study from the UI College of Public Health highlights the importance of being aware on the road, especially of emergency vehicles. "Our findings showed that police vehicles were at increased crash risk when they drive in emergency mode and were especially problematic for the youngest and oldest drivers," said Cara Hamann, co-author of the study. (Daily Iowan) Published April 27, 2018

Student Kayla Faust strives to make farm life safer

Kayla Faust, a CPH doctoral student studying occupational injury prevention, talks about what drew her to public health and her research to make rural roads and farms safer, especially for kids. Published May 15, 2018

New episodes: Student Voices in Public Health podcast

"From the Front Row: Student Voices in Public Health" is an inside look at the public health grad student experience at the University of Iowa. Our panelists share their thoughts and perspectives on student life and current issues facing public health professionals. Episode 4 was added this week! Published April 25, 2018

Police officers urge drivers to pull over to prevent crashes

A new study shows Iowa police officers are 1.8 times more likely to get into a crash while responding to an emergency as opposed to a non-emergency situation. Rate of speed, road conditions, and lack of awareness are among key factors causing accidents, and in most cases, officers are not at fault. "Generally, the vehicles that are involved in crashes with emergency vehicles were more often at fault than the emergency vehicle drivers themselves," said Corinne Peek-Asa, the study's co-author. (KGAN) Published April 25, 2018

Facebook Live: Faculty Feature with Hans-Joachim Lehmler is May 4

Join us live on Facebook at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, for a Faculty Feature hosted by CPH graduate student Kurayi Mahachi. This month's special guest is Hans-Joachim Lehmler, professor of occupational and environmental health. Published April 23, 2018

Peek-Asa comments on stresses of farming

Corinne Peek-Asa, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, talks about some of the stressors and uncertainties that farmers face in a special report on the future of American farms. (Fox News) Published April 23, 2018

Safety Watch: Think about spring training before spring planting

With the spring planting season just around the corner, Brandi Janssen, director of I-CASH, writes about work-related musculoskeletal disorders and advises farmers on ways to reduce the wear and tear on tendons, joints and muscles. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published April 19, 2018

Abstracts for MRASH fall conference due June 3

The Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference is seeking abstracts for its 2018 conference to be held Nov. 27-29 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Abstracts for a presentation, round table, flashtalk, or poster are all welcome! Submissions are due June 3.  Published April 19, 2018

Fulbright awardee to conduct public health research in Romania

Barbara Chidinma Okeke, a PhD student in human toxicology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to investigate water quality and water behavior in various rural and urban communities in Transylvania, Romania, and the impact water quality overall has on human health. CPH professors Laurence Fuortes and Gabrielle Ludewig provided guidance to Okeke through the Fulbright process. Published April 18, 2018

Study looks at crashes involving emergency vehicles in Iowa

A new study from the UI College of Public Health finds that police cars are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a traffic accident when they’re in emergency mode than when they are not. The study notes that police officers face myriad distractions while responding to emergencies. (Iowa Now) Published April 18, 2018

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