About Us

Our Story

We are a team of faculty, staff, practitioners, and students from the University of Iowa College of Public Health working to build health equity.

Over a year ago, a team came together to develop, implement, and evaluate a health equity curriculum for health departments of Iowa. Having learned from our pilot implementation at a local health department, we are moving forward to expand across the state. With a group of staff, faculty, practitioners, and students we aim to establish the building blocks for a sustainable culture of health equity practice in Iowa.

Who We Are

Rima Afifi, Ph.D., MPH | Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the College of Public Health | University of Iowa
Dena Fife, MA | Instructional Services Specialist, Institute for Public Health Practice at the College of Public Health | University of Iowa
Tricia Kitzmann, MPH | Program Coordinator, College of Public Health | University of Iowa
Cynthia Maharani, M.Sc | PhD Student, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the College of Public Health | University of Iowa
Kathleen May, MPH, CHES | Health Equity and Mental Health Program Coordinator, Institute for Public Health Practice at the College of Public Health | University of Iowa
Natalie Peters | MPH Student, Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the College of Public Health | University of Iowa
Laurie Walkner, MA, RN | Co-coordinator, Midwestern Public Health Training Center | Interim Director, Institute for Public Health Practice at the College of Public Health | University of Iowa

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