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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 13, 2003

Iowa Public Health Professionals Complete Preparedness Training

Fifty-three public health professionals from around the state of Iowa have completed an eight-month training program designed to strengthen knowledge in public health science, emergency response systems and community leadership. The program is offered by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

(EDITORS: Please see the alphabetical list at the end of this story to locate a participant from your area.)

Individuals completing the 2003 "train-the-trainer" program covered such topics as disaster response planning and coordination, animal and human health, informatics and risk communications, and public safety and public health law. The group held its final meeting Nov. 4 and 5 at Camp Dodge near Des Moines, where trainers took part in tabletop simulations of health emergencies and practiced utilizing the Incident Command System. The participants received a certificate of completion and will continue to support training efforts in their own communities.

"This program is an important way of strengthening public health information and emergency procedures at the local level," said ICPHP director Christopher Atchison, UI College of Public Health associate dean for public health practice and associate professor of health management and policy. "We appreciate the time and effort the participants put into this course, as well as their willingness to share with their communities information about managing public health threats and leading local response efforts."

The Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness was established by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health and is one of 21 academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness located throughout the United States. The center's mission is to ensure that Iowa's public health workforce has the skills to prepare for, promptly identify and respond to current and emerging health threats.

More information about the ICPHP and its training program is available online at or by contacting Laurie Walkner, ICPHP project coordinator, at 319-335-6836 or


EDITORS: Program participants are listed below alphabetically by hometown

Atlantic: Linda Hemminger
Boone : Louis Greco
Brighton: Mary Anson
Brighton: Fay Vittetoe
Cedar Rapids: Kendra Brower
Cedar Rapids: Sheryl Brundage
Cedar Rapids: Marty Ralston
Charles City: John Flint
Clarion: Willy Klein
Cresco: Charles Baier
Davenport: Denny Coon
Davenport: Beth Lotspeich
Davenport: Karen Payne
Decorah: Nancy Maloney
Denison: Laura Beeck
Des Moines: Joe Ferrell
Des Moines: Rick Kozin
Des Moines: Jeffrey McKinney
Dubuque: Tim Link
Dubuque: Carol Phillips
Fort Madison: David Wenger-Keller
Fredericksburg: Shelley Horak
Iowa City: Kris Hardin
Iowa City: Melissa Jensen
Iowa City: Mike Pentella
Iowa City: Andy Rocca
Iowa City: Bonnie Rubin
Jefferson: Cynthia Kail
Jefferson: Donna Sutton
Keosauqua: Maureen Sedlacek
Madrid: Jean Rhodes
Maquoketa: Anna Otteman
Marion: Jeff Zacharakis-Jutz
Mondamin: Betty Anderson
Mondamin: Pamela Walker
Mt. Pleasant: Connie Butcher
Mt. Pleasant: Doris Grilliot
Osage : Cheryl Jahnel
Ottumwa: Jana Ogden
Red Oak: Jane Helm
Red Oak: Ruth Poston
Rock Rapids: Mary Victor
Sigourney: Valerie Hammes
Sioux Center: Jeffrey Harcum
Sioux City: Lori Baldwin
Sioux City: Ed Bottei
Sioux City: Gary Maly
Storm Lake : Diane Anderson
Waterloo: Jon McNamee
Waterloo: Ann Rogers
Wellsburg: Barbara Vos
Williamsburg: Gina Maas
Zwingle: Robert Deegan

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,