‘Latino: The Changing Face of America’ screening, discussion is Sept. 8

Latinos are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States and are currently the largest demographic in California, while in Iowa the Latino community in some counties has grown as much as 400% in the last 15 years. By 2035, Latinos will represent 35% of the U.S. population.

“Latino: The Changing Face of America” is a documentary film (58 minutes) that briefly explores the Latino experience and history in California, Texas, and Iowa. The film touches on issues of education access, migration and immigration status, generational status, and political implications of the demographic change. Iowa is known to be a New Destination site for Latinos, meaning Iowa has seen a very rapid growth in the Latino community. This film also documents the Latino experience in Ottumwa, Iowa, and how that town has worked to welcome the community and what this has meant economically and socially for this community.

A free screening and panel discussion will be held on Thursday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Callaghan Auditorium, College of Public Health Building. Director Roxanne Fria will be present at the screening. A reception will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Latino Council

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Public Health in advance at (319) 384-1500. This film has captioning available.

Special training in unconscious bias offered June 8

Exploring the Influence of Unconscious Bias in Our Work and Lives:
The Research, the Impact, and Strategies to Override

Presenter:  Diane Finnerty, M.S., Assistant Provost for Faculty, Office of the Provost

Date/Time:  June 8, 2016, 2-4 pm

Location:  C217 CPHB

Learning Objectives:

This interactive session will

  • Define unconscious bias, including elements of key research studies exploring its prevalence and persistence.
  • Identify the potential impact of unchecked bias in recruitment, evaluation, student mentoring, and everyday interactions.
  • Discuss individual and institutional evidence-based strategies to decrease the influence of bias in our everyday interactions.

Sponsored by the CPH Staff Council

Workshop on organizational bias set for June 2

Presentation and Discussion Open to All Health Sciences Colleges

Organizational Bias

Presented by Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD

Thursday, June 2
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Seebohm Conference Room (283 EMRB)


Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and will also be one of the keynote speakers during the 3rd Annual Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa Conference on Friday, June 3. Her professional interests involve diversity and intergroup relations. One line of her research program focuses on stereotypes and prejudice – particularly their more subtle, often implicit forms – and the implications such biases have for intra- and intergroup judgments and health and well-being.

A second line focuses on strategies for reducing bias and discrimination, such as interpersonal confrontation. She examines these questions not only in the laboratory, but also in more applied contexts, with the long-term goals of improving quality of care and organizational climate for stigmatized group members. She also has some interest in the scholarship of teaching and mentoring, especially with regard to finding ways to improve the academic experiences of students who are members of underrepresented groups.

Hosted by the UI Carver College of Medicine

College hosting MLK Jr. Celebration Week events

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, the College of Public Health is hosting two events with the theme of “exploring privilege” — what it is, who has it, and what its effects are. The first event is a free screening of “White Privilege: Racism, White Denial, and the Cost of Inquality,” on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ellig Classroom. The film features Tim Wise, a nationally known antiracist essayist, author, and educator.

The second event is “The Privilege Walk,” an interactive exercise and discussion about the effects of societal privilege. The activity takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium. Both events are open to everyone.

View more Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week events at the UI.

White Privilege film screening
White Privilege film screening














Privilege Walk event
Privilege Walk event














View a video of a Privilege Walk exercise

UI College of Public Health to recognize women’s health pioneer Byllye Avery

Thursday, October 8, Avery will present the 2015 Hansen Distinguished Lecture entitled “Why Black Women’s Health Matters.” The lecture begins at 10 a.m. in Callaghan Auditorium in the College of Public Health Building

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has named women’s health pioneer Byllye Avery the recipient of its 2015 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lecture. For more than 40 years, Avery has been on the front lines of the women’s health movement in the United States, leading advocacy, educational, and  self-help initiatives that explore how race, gender, and class affect women’s empowerment.

Portrait of Byllye Avery, recipient of the 2015 Hansen Award.
Byllye Avery

Through activism and a commitment to social justice, Avery has fostered a national forum for the discussion of the health issues of African American women. The founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, she continues to document and speak on black women’s health experiences in America, highlighting the effects of factors such as poverty, crime, violence, and racism.

“Byllye Avery is a true pioneer in the field of women’s health,” says Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health. “Her efforts to promote the physical, mental and emotional well-being of women, overcome health disparities and empower women about their health choices is public health work at its very best. We are pleased and honored to recognize her with our college’s highest award.”

Avery’s commitment to women’s health began in the mid-1970s, when she co-founded both the Gainesville (Fla.) Women’s Health Center and Birthplace, a midwifery birthing center, known today as the Birth and Wellness Center. Throughout the ensuing four decades, she led grassroots advocacy efforts to develop both national and international networks focused on issues related to women’s wellness, sexuality, and reproduction.

Prior to her entry into the health care arena, Avery taught special education to emotionally disturbed students and consulted on learning disabilities in public schools and universities throughout the southeastern United States. She studied psychology at Talledega (Ala.) College and earned an M.A. in special education from the University of Florida.

Avery has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Institute of Medicine’s Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Health Care. Avery has served on the Charter Advisory Committee for the Office of Research on Women’s Health of the National Institutes of Health and has served as a visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has honorary degrees from Thomas Jefferson University, State University of New York at Binghamton, Gettysburg College, Bowdoin College, Bates College and Russell Sage College.

On Thursday, October 8, Avery will present the 2015 Hansen Distinguished Lecture entitled “Why Black Women’s Health Matters.” The lecture begins at 10 a.m. in Callaghan Auditorium in the College of Public Health Building. A panel discussion will follow the lecture.

Later that day, Avery will participate in a Q&A discussion about spirituality and public health. The discussion, which begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Callaghan Auditorium in the College of Public Health Building, will be moderated by Dr. Miesha Marzell, assistant professor of community and behavioral health. A reception will follow the discussion.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The Hansen Leadership Award is presented annually by the UI College of Public Health to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the public health field. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, high ethical standards, and an enduring commitment to improving health on a national and international level. The award is made possible by a gift from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this lecture, contact Ryan Bell in advance.