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epiNEWS newsletter
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Dear friends,

These past 6 months have been among the most challenging I can recall. As health experts in Iowa and around the world have mobilized to confront the novel coronavirus, developments in epidemiology have been fast-paced, precedent-setting, and stimulating. In this issue, we feature work our students, faculty, alumni, and staff are doing that navigates rurality, health disparities, and COVID-19. You will find news of a grant to recruit diverse students who are interested in maternal and child health research and education, research on rural trauma care disparities, and some examples of research and community outreach about COVID-19.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of our work and we’d love to learn about yours.

Take care and best wishes,

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A portrait of Crystal Garcia of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Student Crystal Garcia reflects on heritage, health disparities research in a pandemic

Crystal Garcia, a doctoral student in epidemiology, is a second- and third-generation Mexican American from Brownsville, Texas. Her heritage and family's experiences with health care and discrimination helped shape her current research into racial and ethnic health disparities.

A portrait of Mary Charlton of the Department of Epidemiology Health in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Grant examines impact of COVID-19 on cancer-related behaviors

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $100,000 supplemental grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on cancer-related behaviors. The study is a collaboration with the CPH and Mary Charlton, associate professor of epidemiology.

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Petersen discusses the flu season during a pandemic

On a recent episode of River to River, Christine Petersen, CPH professor and director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, discussed what the flu season could look like in the midst of a pandemic. (Iowa Public Radio)

Portrait of University of Iowa Prof. Michael Pentella, professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and director of the State Hygienic Laboratory.

View the CPH Spotlight webinar on COVID-19

In case you missed the July 15 CPH Spotlight on COVID-19 testing and modeling, you can view a recording of the webinar. The panelists included Michael Pentella, Grant Brown, and Caitlin Ward.

Deshpande hosts "Public Health Careers in the Age of COVID-19"

Five CPH alumni, including Allison Naleway (97MS, 00PhD in epidemiology), took part in a webinar to discuss different public health career roles and how they are responding to COVID-19 in their professional and personal lives. The discussion was moderated by associate professor of epidemiology Anjali Deshpande.

Aaron Miller, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

CDC funds UI CompEpi researchers in fight against COVID-19

Dr. Aaron Miller is part of the University of Iowa Computational Epidemiology Research Group – commonly known as CompEpi. The team recently received a $3.3 million grant from the CDC to continue tracking the spread of healthcare-associated infections that include COVID-19.

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CPH to establish Maternal and Child Health training program

The College of Public Health has been awarded a new federal grant to build a maternal and child health (MCH) curriculum and provide resources for recruiting a diverse student body interested in MCH research and education. The project will be directed by Kelli Ryckman, associate professor of epidemiology.

A portrait of James Torner of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Study finds injured farmers take longer to get trauma care

A study co-authored by CPH researchers Corinne Peek-Asa, secondary faculty member in epidemiology, and Jim Torner, professor of epidemiology, shows that farmers who suffer an on-the-job injury take more time to arrive at a hospital that provides the specialized trauma care they need than workers in other industries. (Multiple sources)


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