WRITER: DAN McMILLAN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: March 30, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative
is April 1 in Ames
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Ames 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 on Thursday, April 1 to discuss the university's Public Health Initiative
The meeting, scheduled to take place in the Youth Room
at Youth and Shelter Services from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is open to the public.
Youth and Shelter Services is located at 420 Kellogg Ave. in Ames. The local
hosts for the meeting will be Maureen Harter of Youth and Shelter Services,
Deb Sellers of HOMEWARD and Pat Hildebrand of Mid-Iowa Community Action Agency.
The UI representatives will be James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H.,
professor and department head, and Douglas Wakefield, Ph.D., professor and
director of the health management and policy division, both in the UI department
of preventive medicine and environmental 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.