Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa conference is June 8

Diverse, Multi-Ethnic Group Of PeopleThe College of Public Health is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the 2018 Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa Conference.

Date & Location:  Friday, June 8, 2018 |  7:15 AM – 4:30 PM  | College of Public Health Building, Iowa City, IA

Intended Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Public Health Professionals, Dentists, Health Educators, Health Administrators, Health Science Students. All personnel who provide health care services to diverse populations.

Conference Goal: To educate Iowa’s health care providers about the importance of providing culturally responsive and competent care; to improve access to quality health care; and to reduce health disparities.

Continuing Education Credit will be provided.

Information and registration:

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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person
with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the
Continuing Medical Education Division in advance at 319-335-8599.

Celebrate Black History Month with free movies in February

In celebration of Black History Month, the College of Public Health’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be showing three movies/documentaries.

All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB).

Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 13

13th film poster13th
In this thought-provoking documentary by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists, and policticians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.



Thursday, February 22

Hidden Figures film posterHidden Figures
Hidden Figures tells the story of brilliant African American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race.




Wednesday, February 28

I am not your negro film coverI Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

Attend a free screening of ‘Hidden Figures’

Hidden Figures (2016, 127 min.)poster for Hidden Figures film

The Fox film, tells the true story of three African American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — who played a major role in helping launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

A guest panel will follow the screening.  Additionally, there will STEM activities and refreshments served in the galleria of Buchanan Auditorium (PBB W10).

Film Screening and Guest Panel
Monday, March 6, 2017
6:30 pm
Pappajohn Business Building W10 Buchanan Auditorium
21 East Market Street, Iowa City

Second Screening
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
6:00 pm
Pomerantz Center C20 HNI Auditorium
213 North Clinton Street, Iowa City


College of Engineering – Outreach, Admissions, Scholarships and Inclusion Services (OASIS), Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), TRIO Upward Bound, Tippie College of Business, Carver College of Medicine – Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, Iowa City Community School District, Multi-Ethnic Engineering and Sciences Association (MESA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Center for Diversity and Enrichment, African American Council, University Housing and Dining

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Peterson, 319-335-5776 or

Racial Equity Workshop takes place March 24-25

WHO? People committed to understanding and eliminating racism. All students, faculty, and staff welcome.

WHAT? A two-day workshop led by trainers from the Racial Equity Institute

WHERE? The University of Iowa campus, College of Public Health Building

WHEN? March 24 & 25, 2017 | 9 am to 5 pm both days

COST? $20 suggested donation. Fee waived for students. Food provided both days!


  • Attend a two-day innovative, engaging, and interactive workshop on best practices on how to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and produce equitable outcomes.
  • Learn the historical factors and organizational definition of racism. Reframe problems and come up with solutions through a racial equity lens.
  • Focus on practices on how to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and produce equitable outcomes.

In our contemporary society, racism shapes the outcomes of all institutions. It pits entrenched patterns of power against what are often faint images of equity. Yet even those who are concerned about growing achievement gaps, disparities in health and wealth, and the mass incarceration of black and brown people are challenged in their understanding of how racism remains alive and well in all our institutions, advantaging some while harming others.

This workshop helps participants become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in the U.S. and how ideas about racism live in our unconscious minds and social structures even 50 years after the successes of the Civil Rights movement. This workshop is important for people of color and white people who are committed to eliminating racism. It provides an analysis that helps participants gain clarity about how racism is organized and how to work to disrupt its powerful influence.

Individuals with disabillties are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requi’es an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact

Summer program invites underrepresented students to explore health careers

Students sit on the steps of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus.The University of Iowa recently received a $415,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers in health care.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for freshman or sophomore college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in health care to prepare them for success in a broad array of health professions schools.

These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

The Carver College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Dentistry, and College of Pharmacy are spearheading the program on the UI campus.

“We’re excited to introduce students to public health,” says Tanya Uden-Holman, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Public Health. “It’s a collaborative, multidisciplinary field that touches almost every aspect of daily life and makes a real difference in the health of communities.”

SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences:

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics.
  • Learning and study skills development, including methods of individual and group learning.
  • Clinical exposure through small group rotations in health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars.
  • Opportunities to learn about interprofessional education and how different professions collaborate as health care teams.
  • Career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan.
  • A financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies.
  • A health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of health care, health systems, and the social determinants of health.

February 1, 2017 – Early Admission Deadline

March 1, 2017 – Regular Admission Deadline

The program will run at the University of Iowa June 19 through July 28, 2017.

For more information or to apply online, visit

Eligibility Requirements

All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Not have previously participated in the program.

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
  • Submits a compelling personal statement, diversity essay, and a strong letter of recommendation.

Walker to speak on American Indian, Alaska Native behavioral health

Spotlight Series LogoNative Heritage—Understanding American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health:
Pursuing the Cause of the Causes


Dale Walker, MD, Director of the One Sky Center
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University

Wednesday, Nov. 9
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Callaghan Auditorium

The health status of American Indians and Alaskan Natives is well documented to be far below that of the general population of the United States. Chronic diseases are especially problematic, and behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, addictions, suicide, and family disruption are concerns across all tribes. In addition, the ability to provide adequate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based care in this era of health reform is especially challenging.

In this presentation, Dr. Dale Walker will review the chronic illness issues of Native populations, with a special focus on suicide and substance use disorders. Dr. Walker will examine the use of culturally derived social skills training and social determinants—defined as how and where we live, learn, work and play throughout our life—as powerful integrative tools to assist our efforts in rethinking health care delivery in Native communities.

Dr. Walker is the director of the One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Education and Research. It is dedicated to quality health care across Indian Country.