CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
CONTACT: DAN McMILLAN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 9, 1999
Community meeting on UI's Public Health Initiative
is April 12 in Waterloo
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Residents of Waterloo 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 universitys Public Health Initiative
The meeting, scheduled to take place at People's Community
Health Center, from noon to
1:30 p.m., is open to the public. People's Community Health Center is located
at 403 Sycamore, Suite 2, in Waterloo. The local host for the meeting will
be Ron Kemp, executive director of People's Community Health Center. The UI
representative will be James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., UI professor and head
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.