OEH News

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

Peek-Asa offers advice on teaching teens to drive

Teaching teens to drive can be stressful for both kids and parents. For Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa, timing was everything when sharing feedback with her two teenage daughters. "I had to be patient with their moods," she explains. "It might have been a good time for me, but it wasn’t for them." (Washington Post) Published May 31, 2018

CPH hosts Mental Health First Aid Training Course

The College of Public Health recently hosted the Mental Health First Aid Training Course. In addition to raising awareness about different types of mental illness, the 8-hour course provides participants with the key skills and resources necessary to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Diane Rohlman, associate professor of occupational and environmental health, with support from the CPH Diversity Committee, organized the training. Published May 24, 2018

OCAD, BLN host Worker Health and Safety Forum

Oelwein Chamber and Area Development (OCAD) partnered with the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the University of Iowa College of Public Health to bring a Worker Health and Safety Forum to the Plaza on Wednesday, May 16. (Oelwein Daily Register) Published May 23, 2018

CPH student uses tractor simulation study to make roads safer for farmers

Kayla Faust, a doctoral student in the College of Public Health, is conducting a study that uses a tractor simulation to help reduce the number of tractor-related fatalities. "Our goal of this study is to design realistic simulators so that we can prevent some of those crashes in the future and make rural roads safer," Faust said. (KWWL) Published May 23, 2018

Join the ag safety networking reception and poster session June 11

All are invited to the 5th Annual Safety and Health in Rural and Agricultural Communities Networking Reception and Poster Session from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11, in the CPHB atrium. Held in conjunction with Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course, this event showcases research, teaching, and outreach activities focused on agricultural safety and health at the University of Iowa. (There will be ice cream, too!) Published May 23, 2018

Avoiding hay bale hazards

Large hay bales are indispensable in the livestock industry, but their massive size and weight can pose hazards when they fall or shift unexpectedly. Read more about safe handling and transport of bales in the latest 'Safety Watch' by UI industrial hygienist Stephanie Leonard. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published May 22, 2018

Lexi Pratt, Seamus Taylor named This Is Public Health Ambassadors

Congratulations to CPH students Lexi Pratt and Seamus Taylor for being named Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) This Is Public Health Ambassadors! Throughout the year, Ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with professional development activities. Published May 18, 2018

Peek-Asa writes about motivating teens to be safer drivers

CPH Professor Corinne Peek-Asa recently wrote a guest column describing Steering Teens Safe, a program that uses a health behavior communication technique to help parents communicate with their teens about safe driving. The program was developed by the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center. (Drive It Home) Published May 16, 2018

Alumnus Dwight Ferguson speaks on hurricane recovery

Alumnus Dwight Ferguson responded to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as part of the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps. Published May 2, 2018

Osterberg comments on health effects of large-scale pork production

With seven pigs to each Iowan and total pork production in the state up 30 percent in a decade, Iowans concerned about the environmental, health, and quality-of-life toll of Iowa's booming pork industry wonder if anything will slow it. "More and more evidence is coming to bear on the health effects of these facilities," said David Osterberg, CPH professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health. (The Gazette) Published May 10, 2018

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