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Aug. 15, 2011

At A Glance

Women's Resource and Action Center sponsors open house Aug. 23

The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa will hold its annual fall open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the center, located at 130 N. Madison St., in the blue house directly across from the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be tours of the building, refreshments and opportunities to meet staff members and volunteers and learn about the center's services and activities. This will be the first opportunity to meet new director Linda Stewart Kroon, who served as interim director since 2009, and Megan Schwalm-Bell, the new Iowa National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership coordinator.

For more information, call WRAC at 319-335-1486 or visit

Founded in 1971, WRAC is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services, which are available to UI students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling and a wide variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

For more information, visit


UI Hospitals and Clinics recognized for heart care

A University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics lab that specializes in echocardiograph testing for heart disorders has received a three-year reaccreditation from an independent national organization.

The Echocardiography Laboratories in the UI Heart and Vascular Center received reaccreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) for adult transthoracic, adult transesophageal and adult stress testing.

ICAEL requires that facilities meet demanding criteria for accreditation, which goes to only the highest-quality echocardiography labs. To learn more, visit


Bentler earns national doctoral dissertation award

Suzanne E. Bentler, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy, has been selected to receive a prestigious national award to support her dissertation and research using patient-reported outcomes.

The Alvin R. Tarlov and John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation Award in Patient Reported Outcomes is a $25,000 award made by the Health Assessment Laboratory, a Massachusetts based not-for-profit charitable trust that seeks to advance state-of-the-art tools for monitoring health care services and health outcomes from the patient and consumer point of view.

Bentler's dissertation topic is "Continuity of Care for Older Adults in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Era." The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), a health care services delivery model founded on patients having continuity of care with a primary care provider, lies at the heart of all health care reform agendas. The overall goal of Bentler's research is to construct and evaluate a measure of continuity of care for older adults based on both patients' perspectives and Medicare claims that can be used by health services researchers and policymakers to evaluate the PCMH.

More about the award and the Health Assessment Laboratory is available online at


Dance Marathon programs win national awards

Dance Marathon, a student-led organization that provides year-round support to pediatric patients and their families, received four awards at the National Dance Marathon Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla., last month.

Student volunteers at 11 universities and colleges in Iowa organize an annual event on their campuses to celebrate fundraising efforts that take place throughout the year. All money raised from Augustana College, Central College, Coe College, Drake University, Iowa State University, Kirkwood Community College, Loras College, Mount Mercy University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College directly benefits patients and families at University of Iowa Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network.

Dance Marathon raises about $1.69 million annually for UI Children's Hospital.

Ashly Lagneaux, assistant director, Children's Miracle Network and advisor for Dance Marathon, said these college students work year round to make the lives of young patients and their families better and that they are the future leaders of the nation.

Awards presented at the conference were: Best Morale Dance - Iowa State University; Best New Dance Marathon - Cedar Rapids (Coe College, Mount Mercy University and Kirkwood Community College); Best Event t-shirt - University of Iowa; and Ryan White Overcoming Adversity, University of Iowa.


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