CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 12, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative
is April 20 in Mt. Pleasant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Mount Pleasant and the
surrounding area who are interested in public health and public health distance
learning opportunities are invited to meet with a representative from the
University of Iowa Tuesday, April 20 to discuss the university's Public Health
The meeting, scheduled to take place at the Henry County
Health Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is open to the public. The health center
is located at 407 S. White St. in Mount Pleasant. Local hosts for the meeting
will be Doris Grilliot of the Henry County Home Care and Public Health Department,
Bob Miller of the Henry County Health Center. The UI representative will be
Christopher Atchison, director of the UI's Center for Public Health Practice.
Atchison is the former director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Under the PHI, a new College of Public Health would be
formed at the UI and new public health educational opportunities would be
made available in local communities throughout Iowa via distance learning.
For the first time in Iowa, students will be able to pursue a master of public
health degree as well as a non-degree certificate in public health.
In 1998 the Iowa Board of Regents approved the PHI, and
Gov. Tom Vilsack included funding for it in his proposed budget, which is
currently before the Iowa General Assembly.