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March 2021


COVID Q&A: Is it time to begin double-masking?

Prof. Renee Anthony offers updated advice to protect against transmission of the COVID virus, including the practice of double-masking as well as other masking tips and reminders.

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Alumna comments on challenges of derecho, pandemic

Alumna Michelle Niermann, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids, was quoted in a recent story that examines how Iowa is faring in the collision of a pandemic, derecho, and political polarization.

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Preparing the next generation of Native community leaders

The Native American Leadership Academy helps tribal leaders develop programs to address mental health and addiction issues in their communities. The academy is based in the College of Public Health’s Native Center for Behavioral Health.


Class Notes

Keep tabs on the careers of your classmates, and keep us posted on yours...

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CPH face mask study tops online engagement

A College of Public Health study examining how community policies mandating face masks mitigate the spread of COVID-19 ranks among the most shared and mentioned research articles ever tracked by the data science company Altmetric.

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In Memoriam: Elaine M. Smith

Elaine M. Smith, PhD, MBA, professor emerita of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, passed away peacefully in Chapel Hill, NC, at the age of 75 on Jan. 21, 2021.


Muscatine Heart Study marks 50 years

Five decades on, the Muscatine Heart Study is still going strong. Trudy Burns, professor emerita in epidemiology, joined the project in 1982 and took over as lead investigator in 2005.


BLN Community Grant Program funds five projects

The College of Public Health and its Business Leadership Network (BLN) recently announced that five Iowa community organizations will be recipients of grant funding through the BLN’s Community Grant Program.


Support Public Health during One Day for Iowa

Mark your calendar! One Day for Iowa, the University of Iowa’s 24-hour online giving day, is Wednesday, March 24, 2021! Find out how you can support the College of Public Health.


Students inspired to support Chaloner scholarship fund

The Biostatistics Student Organization recently contributed a monetary gift to the Kathryn M. Chaloner Memorial Scholarship fund.


Alumni Directory

Keep up with your classmates with our College of Public Health Alumni Directory.

Use this form to join the directory or to update your existing listing.

Alumni are listed by name, degrees earned, town of residence and email address, and have the option of adding employer, job title, employment sector and LinkedIn page.


Upcoming Events

“Stamped from the Beginning” Book Club: The Fire This Time, and the Next: The Making and Sustaining of an Activist, March 31 – Details

Great Plains Emerging Infectious Disease Conference, April 15 – Details

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