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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.