College of Public Health Business Leadership Network
College of Public Health Business Leadership Network

Network News & Notes - May 2021

Edith Parker

The Business Leadership Network (BLN) is one of the ways that the University of Iowa College of Public Health connects with Iowans and Iowa communities to support improved health and wellbeing. Across the Hawkeye state, businesses are key contributors to community health and vitality, and the BLN aims to support this critical role through collaborative programming, information sharing, and building relationships. As Iowans continue to adapt and respond to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Public Health and the BLN can be a resource for information and mutual support to individuals, businesses, and communities. We invite you to keep in touch through these quarterly messages and by connecting with BLN initiatives around the state. Information about current programming is available on our website.

Edith Parker, Dean
University of Iowa College of Public Health

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A Shot at a Safer Workplace webinar

This webinar for employers discusses ways to encourage and support employees in getting the vaccine to keep them healthy and business running smoothly. Learn what other Iowa businesses are doing and hear medical and public health experts respond to questions about the vaccine.

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Supporting Employee Safe Driving

This podcast episode looks at how employers can support safe driving practices. What are the important aspects of a driver safety program? How does workplace culture affect driver safety? What causes driver distraction? Listen to some tips on how to help keep employee drivers safe.

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Getting adults active in Ottumwa

This 10-part podcast series focuses on Active Ottumwa, a community-based physical activity intervention for adults in Ottumwa, IA. The podcast will cover an overview of the project and share many of the program's inspiring stories, successes, and barriers.

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Workplace vaccination program

Check out a CDC resource for employers on COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace. Learn more about how to implement a worksite program, whether vaccines can be required, and tips for encouraging employees to get vaccinated.


College of Public Health in the News

University of Iowa College of Public Health earns top 20 national ranking

The UI College of Public Health is the #20 school of public health in the nation, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Among publicly supported schools, the college ranks #10.  

Iowa Public Health Heroes Award presented to public health workforce

Because of the pandemic and the amazing work of every public health worker in Iowa throughout 2020, the College of Public Health has chosen to present the Iowa Public Health Heroes Award to the entirety of the Iowa public health workforce. 


UI helps barbershop establish health station for clients

A Davenport barbershop recently created a permanent health station to provide access to health information, resources, and education. The station is partially funded through a grant from the UI College of Public Health's Business Leadership Network Community Grant program.

Report shows racial disparities in Iowa’s health care system

African Americans in Iowa are getting cancer and dying from it at higher rates than any other group in the state. According to the 2021 Cancer in Iowa report, the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate for Black people in Iowa is more than 25% greater than it is for white people.


More Iowans turn to alcohol due to impacts from pandemic

Since March of 2020, researchers have seen a steady increase in alcohol consumption in Iowa. According to Paul Gilbert, assistant professor at the UI College of Public Health, life changing events similar to the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to an increase in alcohol consumption.

Rohlman discusses farm hazards and youth

There are many benefits and also many hazards to growing up on a farm. Diane Rohlman with the University of Iowa College of Public Health said all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles are at the top of the list of hazards for children on farms.

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