CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Community meeting on Public Health Initiative scheduled in Council
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Council Bluffs and the surrounding area
who are interested in public health and public health distance learning
opportunities are invited to meet with representatives from the University
of Iowa Monday, Feb. 22 to discuss the university's Public Health Initiative.
The meeting, scheduled to take place at the Council Bluffs Community
Health Center (CHC) from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is open to the public. The CHC
is located at 300 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs. The local host for the
meeting will be Jay Gabb, executive director of the CHC.
The UI representatives will be James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor
and head of preventive medicine and environmental health, and Christopher
Atchison, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Atchison was
recently named to direct the UI's newly formed Center for Public Health
Practice, duties he will assume in March.
Under the Public Health Initiative, a new School of Public Health would
be developed 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
In 1998 the Iowa Board of Regents approved the Public Health Initiative
and Gov. Tom Vilsack included funding for it in his proposed budget, which
is currently before the Iowa General Assembly.