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

Network News & Notes - Sept. 2021

Edith Parker

The Business Leadership Network (BLN) is just 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. The College of Public Health and the BLN appreciate these opportunities to partner with individuals, businesses, and communities to enhance public health throughout Iowa. We invite you to keep in touch through these quarterly messages and by participating in BLN initiatives happening around the state. Information about current programming is available on our website.

Edith Parker, Dean
University of Iowa College of Public Health

Your Life is Busy. Getting the COVID-19 vaccination NOW will help make sure that you don't have to slow down!

Vaccination Promotion Resources for Businesses

The UI Prevention Research Center for Rural Health is collaborating on a statewide communication campaign to reach people who haven’t gotten around to getting the COVID-19 vaccine yet. Digital materials are available for businesses and organizations that would like to share information on social media, email, or put in a newsletter.

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BLN Community Grant Recipient Spotlight

Live Well Montgomery County in Red Oak, IA, received a BLN community grant to address food insecurity and improve nutrition through an elementary school-based garden program. Students tend the garden, learn about healthy eating, and take home produce, which is also used by the school and donated to local food pantries.

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Hawkeye on Safety Conference Sept. 30

The conference provides essential training to managers responsible for workplace health and safety, and rank-and-file workers, so that they can become safety leaders in their workplaces and communities.

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Avoid hand injuries on the job

Injuries to the hand are the second most common type of workplace injury. Properly used, the right type of gloves can protect from many hazards as detailed by Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health.

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New program for Iowa families to prevent youth suicide

The Suicidal Adolescent Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) online program available through the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital helps caregivers cope and teaches skills for dealing with a mental health crisis.

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New FarmSafe podcast for ag workers

FarmSafe, a new podcast created by the UI College of Public Health's Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, shares first-hand stories and real-life tips to prevent farm-related injuries and deaths.

College of Public Health in the News

UI CPH receives funding to promote age-friendly workplaces

UI College of Public Health researchers are working with partners in Colorado to offer employers informational resources and guidance to implement age-friendly practices.

Iowa researchers address health biases in artificial intelligence

A team of UI researchers, including two members from the College of Public Health, has been awarded a grant to address health disparities and biases in artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. 


Q&A: A Matter of Masks

Have questions about the effectiveness of masks in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19? Fred Gerr, UI College of Public Health professor emeritus answers these questions.

Petersen answers questions about the delta variant

Christine Petersen, CPH professor and director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, recently answered questions about the delta variant, masks, and vaccination.


Dangers of radon in Iowa higher than rest of US

Bill Field, professor of occupational and environmental health and internationally recognized radon expert, explains why Iowa has the highest concentrations of this naturally occurring carcinogenic gas.

Tribal Opioid Response programs showcase success

A new report from the Native Center for Behavioral Health in the UI College of Public Health highlights success stories from opioid treatment programs nationwide that include Native culture and traditions.

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