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Aug. 8, 2008

At A Glance

Deadline to apply for Rape Victim Advocacy Program advocate training Sept. 1

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) will begin its 32-hour Advocate Training Program Monday, Sept. 8, to prepare area volunteers to provide support and assistance to victims and survivors of sexual assault. Since training classes are limited to 12 volunteers, those who are interested should apply as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 1.

Over the past year, RVAP has been able to expand services to Spanish speakers from using translators to having two fluent Spanish-speaking advocates available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The agency is working towards building on current services in order to provide a 24-hour Spanish language hotline. Therefore, they have a great need for bilingual volunteer advocates.

After successfully completing the training, advocates are prepared to provide support, information and referrals on the local Rape Crisis Line and the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, as well as respond to calls for supporting a survivor at the hospital or with law enforcement.

Those interested in applying for the RVAP volunteer program should contact Tara Wood at or 319-335-6001. For more information, see

'Iowa Go Local' health Web site featured at state fair Aug. 11

Learn about "Iowa Go Local," a new Web-based health information service, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 at the University of Iowa exhibition area in the Iowa State Fair's Varied Industries Building.

The UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences launched the service to provide Iowans quality health information and connections to health care providers and services, including hospitals, pharmacies and assisted living.

Iowa Go Local is funded by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and available free through in English and Spanish. Partners include the UI College of Public Health and UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Send an email to for more information or to schedule a presentation.


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