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Release: April 9, 1999

Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative is April 12 in Ottumwa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Ottumwa 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 Monday, April 12 to discuss the university’s Public Health Initiative (PHI).

The meeting, scheduled to take place in Conference Room B at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is open to the public. The health center is located at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. in Ottumwa. The local host for the meeting will be Clarence Ciry of the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. The UI representative will be Christopher Atchison, director of the university's Center for Public Health Practice. Atchison is 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.