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

Network News & Notes - March 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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2021 BLN Community Grant Recipients

The UI College of Public Health’s Business Leadership Network awarded 5 community grants to support public health-related initiatives and projects in the communities of Anamosa, Burlington, Chariton, West Burlington, and Vinton.

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BLN Community Presentation – Clinton

The UI Business Leadership Network recently held a virtual event “Make It OK: Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace” for the City of Clinton. The event focused on reducing mental health stigma, increasing understanding of mental illness and learning what to say/not say when someone opens up to you.

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Is it time to begin double-masking?

Renee Anthony, professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health, offers updated advice to protect against transmission of the virus, including the practice of double-masking as well as other masking tips and reminders.

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Explaining Vaccine Prioritization

In this video, Edith Parker, dean of the College of Public Health, explains how a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution allows the vaccine to have the greatest impact on those most at risk while supplies remain limited.

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Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

University of Iowa researchers Aaron Scherer, in the Carver College of Medicine, and Natoshia Askelson, in the College of Public Health, weighed in on why people may not feel confident in the vaccines, how to discuss vaccines with those who are hesitant, and more.

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Aging, retirement, and public health

In this podcast episode: healthy aging and financial security. Guests Catherine Collinson and Patti Rowey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies talk about aging and what financial security means to physical and mental health as people approach retirement.

College of Public Health in the News

UI will test wastewater for COVID-19

The University of Iowa will begin testing wastewater to help monitor the presence of COVID-19 on campus. The pilot program will first focus on residence halls to serve as a potential early warning for detecting COVID-19 clusters among the student population.

Muscatine Heart Study marks 50 years

The University of Iowa's Muscatine Heart Study has shown us that what we do as children has an impact on our cardiovascular health as adults. Five decades on, the study is still going strong.


UI business and public health partner with Native American tribes

The UI College of Business is working with a program in the College of Public Health that partners with Native American tribes to develop new programs addressing mental health and addiction needs in local communities.

Study examines mental health needs of last responders

Cedar Rapids funeral director Peter Teahen says the surging COVID-19 deaths are taking a toll on last responders. Teahen is working with the UI College of Public Health on a new study looking at the mental health needs of last responders.


CPH studies examine health challenges for farmers

New studies from the UI College of Public Health highlight the health challenges of farming communities, including rates of dementia and the effects of COVID-19.

Mueller comments on Iowa’s vaccination struggles

Keith Mueller, director of the Rural Policy Research Institute, said the national plan of distributing COVID-19 vaccine to 21 pharmacy chains has shortcomings because many counties have no pharmacies available to deliver vaccine.

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