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

Network News & Notes - Dec. 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

Business Leadership Network (BLN) 2022 Community Grant Awards funding opportunity

BLN Community Grants – 2022 Funding Opportunity

The UI College of Public Health Business Leadership Network is seeking proposals for community public health projects in Iowa. Nonprofit organizations or local government entities located within Iowa are eligible to apply. Grant awardees will receive up to $3,000 each.

Screenshot from Burnout video by the Healthier Workforce Center.

Early Signs of and Solution for Employee Burnout

This video by the University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest and Tippie College of Business highlights the early signs of employee burnout, the toll on individuals and the workplace, potential causes, and employer solutions.

Screenshot from non-standard work video by the Healthier Workforce Center.

Challenges for Temporary Employees

Non-standard workers or “gig”, “temporary,” or “contract” workers, and are subject to more hazards, less pay, and fewer benefits than standard workers. This video by the University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest and the University of Illinois at Chicago overviews the current challenges for worker wellbeing.

image of participants in the Building Bridges initiative in Burlington, Iowa.

BLN Community Grant Recipient Spotlight

Building Bridges in Burlington, IA, received a 2021 BLN community grant to help families and individuals living in poverty develop resources and a support system to help them succeed in their work and personal lives. Participants attend an 18-week workshop to strengthening skills in areas such as finance, mental and physical health, motivation, integrity, and relationships.

Image of Main Street in a small town.

Survey highlights pandemic’s impact in Iowa’s small towns

A new survey reveals the impact of COVID-19 on the health, economic, and emotional welfare of residents from small towns in Iowa. Nicole Novak, CPH research assistant professor, contributed to the report.

Image of a man receiving COVID misinformation from his mobile device.

Managing Misinformation

The alarming uptick in health misinformation is a “serious threat to public health,” says the U.S. Surgeon General, but there are steps to counter the problem.

College of Public Health in the News

COVID infections and mortality rates remain much higher in rural areas

Rural Americans are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates than their urban counterparts—a divide that health experts say is likely to widen as access to medical care shrinks for a population that tends to be older, sicker, heavier, poorer, and less vaccinated.

UI receives $2.1M to strengthen public health workforce in Iowa

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has received $2.1 million through a contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health to deliver a public health workforce development package for the state. The project is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


Iowa researchers awarded grant to develop training for remote managers

A team of researchers from the Tippie College of Business and the College of Public Health have received a $1.1 million grant from the CDC to investigate better methods of training supervisors to manage remote workers, focusing on both productivity and worker well-being.

Petersen comments on new state vaccine waiver law

Workers across the country are facing a Jan. 4 deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but a new Iowa law expands workers' ability to refuse the vaccine. "If we don't have people get vaccinated, we will continue to go through cycles of illness and death within these groups," said Christy Petersen, CPH professor of epidemiology.


People with STIs are more likely to give birth prematurely

Having a sexually transmitted infection before or during pregnancy has been associated with a higher risk of giving birth too early, according to a new study co-authored by Kelli Ryckman and other College of Public Health researchers.

COVID-19 slows progress toward ending cancer disparities

"The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed cancer research and care, including screenings. If people wait until they have symptoms to get screened, the cancer may have progressed to a point where it’s harder to treat," said Mary Charlton, CPH associate professor of epidemiology.

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