Help celebrate We Are Phil Appreciation Day on April 28

we are philStop by the location nearest you as CPH celebrates We Are Phil Appreciation Day on Thursday, April 28!  The UI Foundation is providing celebratory cupcakes!

CPHB
First Floor Atrium
7:30-9:30 AM

123 IREH
9:30 AM

UCC
2400 UCC &  2625 UCC
10:00 AM

There will also be an opportunity to sign “thank you” postcards at CPHB that will be sent to those who annually support the College of Public Health.

 

The Preemie Project Donation Drive runs through Feb. 15

The Preemie Project provides much-needed services to families of extremely ill children at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The CPH Staff Council is holding a donation drive from Wednesday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 15, 2017. 

These donations will be used by social workers for needy families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The CPH Staff Council has placed donation boxes throughout in the College of Public Health in the following locations:

Epidemiology     S409 CPHB

Biostatistics     N306 CPHB

Community and Behavioral Health     N406 CPHB

Occupational and Environmental Health     S309 CPHB

Health Management and Policy     N206 CPHB

Administrative 1st Floor     N174 CPHB

Student Commons     2nd Floor CPHB mailbox area

Preventive Intervention Clinic     SE257 GH

State Health Registry of Iowa     2600 UCC

State Hygienic Lab       134 HLI

 

Needed Items

  • Newborn and Size 1 Diapers 
  • Formula (especially Neosure/Enfacare, Enfamil and Similac (regular) )
  • Snap-front sleepers size newborn and 0-3 months (gently used are accepted)
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottles
  • Wipes (unscented preferred)
  • Gas cards
  • Pack N Plays

Again this year there is the option of purchasing through the amazon.com baby registry.  Purchases will be directly mailed to the Preemie Project and specific items are listed on the registry. Go to amazon.com then go the baby registry search.  Type in College of Public Health’s Preemie Project for the Registry Name.  You will then see items that the Preemie Project needs.

The Preemie Project is especially looking for donations of Pack N Plays for babies to have a safe place to sleep.  More info can be found about the Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign through the following link https://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/Pages/default.aspx

If you would like to donate funds directly through PayPal or need additional information about The Preemie Project, visit their web site http://www.thepreemieproject.com/or contact Michele Hogue at 384-1545 or michele-hogue@uiowa.edu.

 

UI Foundation says thanks with free bagels

we are philCollege of Public Health faculty and staff  — thank you for participating in the We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Program last fall. Because of you, the CPH ranked in the Top Five in Participation among units campus-wide.

To celebrate, the UI Foundation is providing free bagels for all CPH faculty and staff!

Join your colleagues for a bagel break on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the following locations:

  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in C217 CPHB
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in 2625A UCC
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Biostats UCC
  • 9 to 10 a.m. in 123 IREH

Some additional CPH achievements of last fall’s campaign week are:

  • 38% faculty and staff participation (up 1% over last year)
  • HMP won the PHILanTROPHY for highest dept/unit participation with 70.8%
  • Most Improved Award went to CBH for increasing participation by 7.87%
  • 20% of CPH donors contributed to new fund for undergraduate scholarships called Dollars for Scholars
  • 41% of CPH donors gave to the new CPH Staff Professional Development fund

Growing global citizens

Dale and Linda Baker are helping current and future College of Public Health students receive a globally relevant education.

 

portrait of Dale and Linda Baker
Dale and Linda Baker

Discovering the world around us is a life-changing experience. When Linda Baker (’68 BA) traveled to Romania with the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Iowa Voyagers program nearly 10 years ago, she worked for three weeks in an orphanage. It was an experience Linda Baker has not forgotten, and it’s why she and her husband, Dale Baker (’68 BA), have established scholarships to support UI students in similar endeavors.

“When I returned from my own experience, I thought it would be great to be able to send students on the trip as well,” says Linda Baker. Initially, the Bakers provided a gift to endow the Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Service Scholarship Fund, which honors Linda Baker’s mentor and covers UI students’ expenses related to volunteer service-learning opportunities in Romanian orphanages.

Today, the Bakers continue to support current and future students in their service-learning opportunities, specifically, through the UI College of Public Health. In December 2014, the couple made a gift to the UI College of Public Health, which has already helped four graduate students secure global public health internships this past summer — Ben Scott (’15 MPH) in Brazil; PhD candidates Maya Ramaswamy and Josie Rudolphi in India; and Natalia Santos, a community and behavioral health graduate student, in Ecuador.

Student experiences

Santos spent one month in Quito, Ecuador, exploring the characteristics of Ecuadorian food stores and conducting health education.

“This learning experience enhanced my understanding and capacity to effectively practice public health in the U.S. and abroad, strengthened my professional training, and continued to expand the global reach of the UI College of Public Health,” says Santos.

Rudolphi and Ramaswamy were able to conduct studies on Indian tea workers—identifying perceived occupational risks to safety and health, as well as opportunities and barriers to intervention.

“As the rest of the world becomes more industrialized agriculturally, I feel the United States is in a unique position to offer solutions to potential agricultural safety and health conundrums and share experiences of lessons learned,” says Rudolphi. “This experience allowed me to understand barriers and opportunities to developing interventions internationally as well as in Indian agricultural populations.”

Building a global presence

The College of Public Health continues to build a global presence because of such internships and because of partnerships with organizations such as the Center for Health Policy and Public Health, housed in the University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania. This partnership has helped facilitate collaborative research, education, policy, and outreach activities, as well as establish Romania’s first degree programs in public health.

The Bakers made another gift to the UI College of Public Health in May 2015. This generous gift qualified as a match for a challenge grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. This grant matched gifts aiding new faculty success, student support and educational innovation, health sciences research collaboration, entrepreneurship, and community outreach and engagement. The Bakers’ gift—as well as gifts from other donors—helped the UI College of Public Health meet its $1.5 million challenge from the Carver Trust.

In May 2015, the couple also supported the Sally and Ken Mason Student Success Fund, the Dale and Linda Baker Excellence Fund in Business, the Howard K. and Mathilda Ihrke Memorial Fund, along with the Dale and Linda Baker Excellence Fund in Public Health. The Bakers’ belief in giving back has influenced countless students and faculty at the UI, and they have long been generous supporters of various UI programs and initiatives—evident by their platinum membership in the Presidents Club.

“My dad always said he never wanted to be the richest guy in the cemetery,” says Linda Baker. “I guess that has always stuck with me.”

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Iowa Alumni Magazine.

We Are Phil campaign starts Sept. 28

we are phil logoThe third annual We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign will be off and running next Monday, Sept. 28.  We Are Phil is all about participation, not fundraising.  The College of Public Health is ranked sixth in faculty and staff giving participation among UI Colleges.

You will see an informational table in the CPHB Atrium every day over the lunch time next week and once during the week at IREH and UCC.  There will be snacks and giveaways, but mostly an opportunity to ask questions and fill out contribution envelopes, if you want.  As before, locked deposit boxes will be at CPHB, IREH and UCC.  But, new this year, is the opportunity to contribute cash.  For example, if you have a couple of dollars in your wallet and you feel like contributing that to a CPH or UI cause, you can put it in an envelope with your name and where you want the money directed,  then deposit it in the locked box.  That counts as participation.

Something else that is new this year – and uniquely CPH – is the “I participate in We Are Phil because…” board.  You will find it near the informational table in CPHB Atrium each day.  As researchers, we truly are interested in whether and why participation in this giving program is of interest to you.  There will be index cards at the informational tables.  You can anonymously write a statement and post it on the board or deposit it in the locked box so we can post it for you later.  Faculty and staff at Oakdale or near UCC can deposit the cards in the IREH and UCC locked boxes.

Please take advantage of the chance to stop by the We Are Phil tables this coming week.  Grab a snack and say “hi” to your CPH colleagues.  We are proud to be CPH.

UI’s fundraising campaign reaches milestone of $1.5 billion

College of Public Health has raised more than $27 million to date

The University of Iowa is committed to educating students, the leaders of tomorrow, to thrive in a complex, global society. This commitment to student success is at the heart of For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of the university and the state of Iowa.

To date, more than 183,000 donors have contributed $1.5 billion toward specific areas of the university that they feel most passionately about, directly benefiting students, faculty, and research—and helping to renovate and build facilities, including a new children’s hospital and arts campus. The campaign continues through December 2016, with a goal of raising $1.7 billion.

So far in the campaign donors have created:

  • 503 new student funds benefiting students for generations to come;
  • 132 new faculty funds, supporting faculty positions throughout campus;
  • 164 new research funds;
  • 419 new program funds;
  • and 45 new facility funds resulting in 13 new or improved facilities on campus.

“Our alumni and friends are helping our students today in countless ways by supporting scholarships and programs, top faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities,” said Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation. “Equally important, their donations are ensuring that the UI will remain a world-class institution for generations to come.”

The UI College of Public Health has exceeded its $25 million goal, raising more than $27 million. The college continues to raise funds to support its most important priorities, including students, faculty, leadership and excellence funds, and outreach programs.

Sue Curry, dean of the UI College of Public Health, is thrilled with the level of support shown by alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. “Their incredible generosity helps our college provide the very best in public health education, research, and outreach,” she said.

To join the campaign, visit www.givetoiowa.org.

Make your We Are Phil contribution count this week!

All contributions to the UI We Are Phil Faculty and Staff Giving Program made this week – up until 5 p.m. today, Oct. 17 – will be counted toward three tallies:

  1. Any gift will be generously matched by the College’s Executive Committee. There is also a special match in effect for first-time donors by a faculty member.
  2. If CPH reaches 80% participation in We Are Phil, Dean Curry will perform a song on the karaoke machine at the next Dean’s Open Forum for all faculty and staff.
  3. Campus-wide competition among colleges ranking faculty and staff participation rates. Last year, CPH ranked fourth (with 41% participation) among UI colleges and departments — behind Business, Pharmacy and Nursing.   So, it would be great to do even better this year!

The size of the gift does not matter. Gifts can be directed to any program, department or college at the University of Iowa. The goal is participation in the giving program. Pledge sheets and contribution envelopes are available at standing, locked deposit boxes in CPHB (Human Resources), UCC and IREH. You may also pledge or give a gift online at: http://www.uifoundation.org/facultystaff/ or https://www.givetoiowa.org/GiveToIowa/WebObjects/GiveToIowa.woa/wa/goTo;jsessionid=33EB3D4EB867796A23600B129EE8492A?area=public_health.

Currently, CPH We Are Phil giving participation rate is at 20%.

Thank you for your consideration and participation.

We Are Phil Committee