CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: February 25, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative set for March
2 in Carroll
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Carroll 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,
March 2 to discuss the university's Public Health Initiative (PHI).
The meeting, scheduled to take place at the Des Moines Area Community
College (DMACC) Carroll Campus in Room 124 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. is open
to the public. The local hosts for the meeting will be DMACC, St. Anthony's
Regional Hospital, the Carroll County Public Health Department and the
Carroll County Cardiovascular Coalition. The UI representative will be
Christopher Atchison, director of the UI's Center for Public Health Practice.
Atchison is former director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Under the PHI, 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 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.