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Network News & Notes - October 2020

Edith Parker

At the University of Iowa College of Public Health, we understand that our work is very place based; it happens out in the "real world" where people live and work. We also recognize the mutual benefits that might come about through collaborative relationships with communities and businesses around the state. As individuals and businesses continue to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Business Leadership Network can be a resource for information and mutual support. We invite you to keep in touch with us through these quarterly messages and through our initiatives around the state.

Edith Parker, Dean
University of Iowa College of Public Health


BLN Community Forum – Clinton, IA

Last month, the Business Leadership Network held a virtual community forum in Clinton, IA. The forum focused on improving nutrition and physical activity for employees and families. View a summary of the discussions at the forum.

Managing Remote Workers Webinar

The current pandemic has pushed more employees into remote work. The UI Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest and the UI Tippie College of Business will host this webinar on October 27th from 12-1pm CST to address the health and safety concerns of managing employees remotely.


BLN Community Grants 2020 Recipient Spotlight

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine’s "Fueling the Future" project engages adults in low-income food insecure families in Muscatine in a 6-week up-skill training with a goal to stabilize family issues and strengthen the next-generation Iowa workforce.

Preventing Childhood Obesity Conference

The November 18, 2020 virtual conference will provide participants with ideas to implement in their workplace and community to promote health and wellness for kids and families. Speakers will discuss childhood nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of adverse health effects caused by obesity.


Suicide Prevention Campaign for the Workplace

The UI Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest has created a suicide prevention campaign for the workplace that features a variety of free resources. Handouts include information on reducing stigma, recognizing warning signs, and how to start a conversation with someone about suicide.

Thriving in an Online Work Environment

Are you now working remotely? A course from the Midwestern Public Health Training Center provides useful tips, practices, and resources for managing stress, staying productive and connected in an online environment, this course can be viewed in its entirety or by individual topics.

College of Public Health in the News

CDC funds UI researchers in fight against COVID-19

The University of Iowa Computational Epidemiology Research Group recently received a $3.3 million grant from the CDC to continue tracking the spread of healthcare-associated infections that include COVID-19.

Pets can catch COVID from their owners

Christine Petersen, director of the UI Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, says that pets who test positive for COVID-19 are likely to have caught the virus from their owners. "We need to remember that our pets, who live closely with us can be exposed to high amounts of viruses," she says.


CPH to collaborate on Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia project

The University of Iowa College of Public Health will work with the Iowa Department of Public Health on a three-year project to build capacity to promote Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia risk reduction and prevention, early diagnosis, management of comorbidities, and caregiver support.

Face coverings webinar recording available

The College of Public Health hosted a free webinar on Sept. 2 exploring the role of face coverings in controlling COVID-19. Corinne Peek-Asa moderated a panel of faculty experts who addressed a variety of issues related to the use of face coverings during the pandemic.


Researchers find concerns with Medicaid managed care in Iowa

A new study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health suggests that there are serious and persistent concerns related to access and quality of care under managed care for at least some participants in Iowa.

Free training aims to keep young agricultural workers safe

A free online training aimed at supervisors of young ag workers is available in English and Spanish with a goal to protect younger workers. "Youth working in agriculture are injured more often both fatally and non-fatally than in other industries," said Diane Rohlman, co-principal investigator on the project.

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