Results from the Crisis Center food drive are in

tin cans spelling out food driveThank you to everyone who participated in the annual food drive benefiting the Crisis Center Food Bank.

The college collected almost 500 pounds of valuable goods that will be shared with the less fortunate this holiday season.

The breakdown of collections is as follows:

  • Admin/MPH/undergrads – 142 lbs
  • Biostats – 124 lbs
  • HMP – 82 lbs
  • Epi – 78 lbs
  • OEH – 39 lbs
  • CBH – 32 lbs
  • Total – 497 lbs 

And $370 in cash donations from throughout the college! Thank you for supporting our community!

Kick off We Are Phil with $5 Maggie’s Farm pizza at CPHB

Kick off the We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign on Monday, Oct. 1 with Maggie’s Farm Wood Fired Pizza!

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the CPHB patio, enjoy all-you-can eat pizza and salad for just $5. Cash and checks will be accepted.

We hope you can join us for lunch!

Celebrate Phil Was Here with mini-muffins on April 26

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins on a Blue Wooden Table

In honor of Phil Was Here, the UI Center for Advancement’s day of acknowledgement and appreciation of Phil/philanthropy on campus, mini-muffins will be delivered to CPHB, UCC, and IREH as a “thank you” for faculty and staff on April 26.

The Center for Advancement and CPH Phil committee will deliver and set out muffins in:

  • Department/unit kitchens in CPHB by 9:30 a.m.
  • Registry and Biotstats in UCC by 9:30 a.m.
  • 125 IREH by 10 a.m.

This is just a way to acknowledge the many contributions of our faculty and staff – of which philanthropy is one.

Phil Was Here logo

CPH Relay for Life team is top fundraiser

Congratulations to the College of Public Health Relay for Life team for raising $2,940 for cancer research and patient care programs. They were the #1 fundraisers out of 17 teams at the Relay for Life of Johnson County event held April 7. Special shout out to Chuck Hession for being the #1 individual fundraiser out of all participants and to Erin Mobley for serving as team leader! Check out all of the results.

group photo of the 2018 CPH Relay for Life team

Food drive, blood drive results are in

Thanks to everyone who took part in the donation events  sponsored by the CPH Student Association in November and December!

Here are the results:

Crisis Center Food Bank Drive

  • Staff: 156 lbs
  • Students: 155 lbs
  • Faculty: 108 lbs
  • TOTAL = 419 lbs

CPH Blood Drive

28 donors were registered and 24 units of blood were collected, beating the goal of getting 25 donors. This was the most successful CPH blood drive yet!

Food drive for the Crisis Center runs through Dec. 14

tin cans spelling out food driveThe Graduate Student Association is happy to promote Project Holiday, the annual food drive benefiting the Crisis Center Food Bank.

Drop off your items in the bins located near the stairway in the CPHB atrium. There are 6 bins, one for each department and one for administration/MPH/undergrads. Look for the appropriate bin and donate!

The event will end on Friday, December 14 with a benefit concert at the Mill. Entry fee is $5/students and $10/adults. The show starts at 6 p.m., music by Kevin B.F. Burt!

The Top 10 List of Needed Items:

  1. Financial Donations (these can be dropped off to Lexie Just N177)
  2. Canned Fruit & 100% Fruit Juice
  3. Canned Meat & Peanut Butter
  4. Pasta & Rice
  5. Hearty Soups & Stews
  6. Canned Vegetables
  7. Toilet Paper
  8. Baby Formula
  9. Baby Diapers
  10. Laundry Detergent



We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign kicks off on Monday

The UI We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign week kicks off on Monday, Oct. 16.  In recognition of the positive impact philanthropy has on our college and our campus, the CPH We Are Phil Committee has planned a Fun-PHIL-ed Day at CPH for Tuesday, Oct. 17.  Activities will include:

  • Windy Phil welcoming all to CPHB
  • Box Lunch food truck (a 50s-style diner on wheels) outside CPHB from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The menu features burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and milkshakes.
  • Delicious We Are Phil cookies available for all
  • The CPH We Are Phil committee at table to answer questions

Faculty and staff are invited to gather in the CPHB atrium anytime from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to have lunch and socialize.

Cookies will be delivered to these central locations.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the location nearest them for a We Are Phil treat:

  • CPHB – 11:30 in the atrium
  • UCC – 11:30 in Biostats and Cancer Registry
  • IREH – 12 noon in Room 123

To donate any amount to the We Are Phil campaign, faculty and staff can enter a contribution envelope in one of three standing, locked deposit boxes.  From Oct. 16 through 20, they will be located at: CPHB (in the waiting area of the Dean’s suite), UCC (rotating between Cancer Registry and Biostats), and IREH.  Donations can also be given online.

Thanks to the engagement of so many CPH faculty and staff who support philanthropy at UI, the college is able to offer opportunities and advance education of our students, faculty, and staff.

Crowdfunding for Health Care

Congolese women gather for a meeting at IC Compassion.
Congolese women gather for a meeting at IC Compassion.


For nearly two decades, conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused hundreds of thousands of people to seek refuge in other countries. Within the last year alone, an estimated 239 Congolese refugees have settled in Johnson County, Iowa. A project to improve health care access for this population is now underway thanks to generous public support provided through a new crowdfunding venture.

“This project is focused on understanding the health care needs of the Congolese refugee community in Johnson County,” says Will Story, the project’s leader and CPH assistant professor of community and behavior health. “That’s both working with families to understand the intentions of physicians and health care providers, but also helping physicians understand some of the barriers—cultural, language, transportation—that people are facing when they’re coming into a brand new place.”

Culturally Competent Care

The “Health for All” project was one of three projects selected by the University of Iowa to pilot its new GOLDrush online crowdfunding platform. Unveiled last fall, the month-long campaign had a goal to raise $10,000 for each project. Story’s project raised a total of $10,711 donated by colleagues, local physicians, and concerned citizens.

The team is currently focusing on improving access to existing health services for women and children. Story is collaborating closely with Denise Martinez, a family physician at the UI Carver College of Medicine, to ensure health care providers are delivering culturally competent care and that patients understand the health care system and trust the providers within that system.

“I saw that they were having a difficult time navigating our health care system, and sometimes were having difficulty with pregnancy,” Martinez says about the Congolese patients in her practice.

Other partners include Zadok Nampala, a refugee health advisor and community liaison, as well as IC Compassion, a local community-based organization, who are helping to engage the Congolese community on their health needs and obstacles to care.

Opening New Doors

In addition to reaching the fundraising goal, the campaign also helped to establish new connec­tions, Story adds.

“People now know that I’m working with refugees in the Iowa City area, which has opened doors to new partnerships with people who have years of experience working with refugees, as well as additional funding opportunities,” Story says.

A few weeks after the campaign launched, Story attended a refugee assistance meeting at a local church and was shocked to discover many of the people there knew about his project.

“I hadn’t met the majority of them. There were about 100 people there: refugees, community leaders, politicians, public health officials from the state and county level. Those kinds of connections are invaluable to get a community-based project like this going,” Story says.

This story originally appeared in the spring 2017 issue of InSight.