CONTACT: DAN MCMILLAN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9569; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: March 2, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative set for March
9 in Spencer
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Spencer 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 9 to discuss the university's Public Health Initiative (PHI).
The meeting, scheduled to take place at the Highlands in the Great Room
from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is open to the public. The Highlands is located at
1211 St. Luke Drive, Spencer. The local host for the meeting will be Greg
Anliker of St. Luke Lutheran Home. 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.