Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy
The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) based in the College of Public Health fosters inter-disciplinary collaborations by bringing together researchers, public health practitioners, citizens, community leaders, private partners and policy makers to help shape public health policy. By bringing together the best of what we know, the IIPHRP creates better population health in Iowa, and across the nation.
This newsletter highlights a few of the exciting IIPHRP initiatives including information about two upcoming Executives-in-Residence, practicum student activities, the INVEST Health initiative, and an overview of the Policy Fellow program. In addition, you will find information about our work on a public health data needs assessment.
To find more information about the IIPRHP, please go to our recently launched website at the following link http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/iiphrp/
The Iowa City INVEST Health initiative is planning strategies to improve the built environment, especially housing, in low-income neighborhoods that also reduces disparities in asthma, depression, and behavioral health conditions in children and adults among low-income families and under-represented groups. The Iowa City project is currently collecting information from residents and service providers through focus groups, individual interviews and survey’s. This information will help us understand specific strengths and challenges regarding healthy living in each designated focus neighborhood.
Simultaneously, the Iowa City initiative is convening a group of committed stakeholders to collaboratively develop housing projects and service programs that will improve neighborhood health. The long term goal of INVEST Health is to develop a pipeline of potential projects, in partnership with specific neighborhoods by December 2017. This information along with compiled data, will be presented to a variety of potential funders for their consideration.
INVEST Health is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund. More information about INVEST Health can be found at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/invest-health/
Meet the INVEST Health Practicum Students....
Meet our upcoming Executives-in-Residence
Jennifer’s background as a clinical pharmacist and wellness visionary has been key to the development of Health Solutions’ unique strategic approach to developing strong client and participant relationships resulting in meaningful health and financial outcomes for their customers. Jennifer received her Pharm D from the University of Iowa in 2001 and completed a Community Practice Residency at the University of Iowa in 2002.
Students and faculty will have the opportunity to meet with Jennifer during her Executive-in-Residence activities on March 6, 2017. Please email Vickie Miene (email@example.com) to reserve time to meet with Jennifer.
Mr. Casko brings over 20 years of experience in technical enterprise sales to IDx. Since 2001, he has specialized in early stage and seed level technology sales and business development, leading a variety of emerging technology companies – focused on everything from semantic search to electronic patient diaries, to circuit board assembly optimization. John holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.
Join us at the College of Public Health on April 26, 2017 to meet John. Email Vickie Miene (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your time.
2016-2017 Policy Fellows
Modernizing Iowa Cancer Reporting Requirements http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/policy-fellow-mary-charlton
Implementing New Guidelines for Newborn Screening in the NICU http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/policy-fellow-kelli-ryckman/
Increasing Bicycling Safety http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/policy-fellow-cara-hamann/
Public Health Data Needs Assessment
The IIPHRP has been contracted by the Iowa Department of of Public Health to conduct a data needs assessment which will determine how the IDPH can better meet the needs of stakeholders. The purpose of the needs assessment is to understand the data needs of a broad range of stakeholders both internal and external to the IDPH.
Stakeholders include local public health practitioners, researchers, educators, elected officials, health departments and IDPH staff. This assessment will investigate the utility of tools available to the Department to share data, along with the data needs of users including datasets, indicators, types of analysis, and preferred data displays needed by stakeholders to best complete their work. Surveys have been developed and focus groups are occurring now in various communities through the state.
The results of the assessment will help the IDPH identify strategic areas to improve and expand data access both internally and externally to the Department, including, but not limited to, the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal. Graduate research assistants Nichole Nidey and Joy Woods, pictured below, are providing valuable assistance and insight to this project.
Dean, College of Public Health
Distinguished Professor of Health Management and Policy
Director, Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy
University of Iowa
Vickie Miene, MS, MA, LMHC
Deputy Director, Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
University of Iowa