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.
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.
College of Public Health faculty, staff, and students are invited to donate to the Crisis Center Food Bank Fundraiser December 1-15. Donations may be placed in bins on the first floor of the College of Public Health Building during these weeks.
This year, the College of Public Health Student Ambassadors are leading the drive and are encouraging a friendly competition between students, faculty, and staff. Please make sure when donating you place items in your respective bin. Members of the ROTC organization will be collecting and weighing donations to keep track of the competition. The winning group will receive special recognition and bragging rights for the year.
Top Ten Needed Donations
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Canned Fruit & 100% Fruit Juice
Pastas & Rice
Hearty Soups & Stews
Baby Diapers (all sizes)
Baby Formula & Food
CPH Graduate Student Ambassadors Kurayi Mahachi
Virgil Blu Jackson
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.
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.
Phil stands for philanthropy. At Iowa, Phil is everyone who gives to the UI and everyone who benefits from those gifts. That means you are Phil, too! Learn more at PhilWasHere.org.
Monday, April 24 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
UCC – Registry and Biostats
Please stop by a location close to you to celebrate Phil Appreciation in the College of Public Health! Enjoy treats!
Wednesday, April 26 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Faces of Phil
T. Anne Cleary Walkway
The event, hosted by the UI Foundation, will include a postcard-signing table, a Polaroid station and a large chalkboard for Faces of Phil photos, and a station to tape a video message for donors. There will also be food trucks!
Thursday, April 27 – 3:30 p.m.
“Life with Phil” Talk featuring Sheri Salata
C20 Pomerantz Career Center
The UI Foundation invites you to learn more about Phil from media powerhouse Sheri Salata (1980 BBA), the former executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and the former president of Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Salata’s latest professional venture is the launching of STORY, a media company that produces print, television, film, and digital content.