Public Health News and Updates

What are your passions?

Sorry I have been MIA these past few months, I am a slacking on that new year’s resolution to blog more! Anyways on to my thoughts: I believe everyone has a passion. Something ingrained in their character and something that takes a huge part in shaping who they become. These passions bring out the best […]

— Daley Dodd

Discover DMU!

Have you ever gone on a campus tour and felt like you didn’t really get to see the heart and guts of the school? We don’t want that to happen at DMU. We also don’t want you to visit and leave without every question answered. So if you’re thinking you want to enter the health […]

— Gina Smith

Get a degree without leaving home!

Want to advance your career in health care but don’t think you have time to go back to school? Think again! Des Moines University has three programs that you can complete online: Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Public Health and Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy. Online classes offer convenience and flexibility for students […]

— Andrea Cooley

How to help Haiti

It’s hard to see people suffering and not know the best way to help. There’s a lot of information going around about what groups you should donate to or shouldn’t do to help those hurt in Haiti. I asked Dr. Yogi Shah, head of our global health dept., and he said truly the best thing […]

— Andrea Cooley

Be careful and protect your feet!

Believe it or not, just 5 minutes of walking in this freezing weather can be exceptionally dangerous for your feet if they are not well protected. Did you know that people who have itchy, burning, painful feet may actually not have oft-heard-of athlete’s foot but actually something called chilblains? After being in the cold for […]

— Tea Nguyen

Wash, wash, wash your hands!

So today I thought I’d share some fun public health videos as a (somewhat gross) reminder to keep your germs to yourself… (if you’re reading this post on email, click here to our site to see these videos!) Here’s a parody-d song about having the flu:

— Courtney Tompkins

The pink glove dance

Medline has a new line of exam gloves that are pink for breast cancer awareness. For each case purchased, they donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Well the creative staff at St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon put together a video to promote the gloves. You have to see this cute video (if […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health thank you!

Today is Public Health Thank You Day. If you’ve never thought about what public health officials do for you, consider the fact that they are the people who make sure our drinking water is safe, the air we breath is clean and provide vaccines for seasonal flu and other illnesses. Next time you see someone […]

— Andrea Cooley

It’s breast cancer awareness month!

It’s October so you’ve probably seen countless pink ribbons adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee cups. Breast cancer awareness is very important and I believe it’s an issue that has touched everyone in some way. Perhaps you’re able to run or walk in the Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Oct. 24 in Des Moines. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Quality health care in Iowa

Did you know your quality of health care depends on where you live? Here’s the map that shows the rankings of states — Iowa is #2 healthiest, behind Vermont.  YAY! Is it the fresh air? Friendly people? Access to fresh fruit & veggies? What about Iowa do you suppose helps our health?

— Courtney Tompkins

Reorganizing academic priorities

It’s so easy to blow off an entire day after an exam… only to regret that I wished I had more time to study other things. Currently, my academic priorities include podiatric medicine, podiatric research and public health. What I know for certain is that my podiatric career comes before the other two. Sometimes I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week. Physician Assistants are a vital part of our health care system. Remember to thank them for what they do both this week and in the future. As part of PA Week, DMU PA students will be offering blood pressure screening at Valley West Mall Saturday October 10, 12-4 […]

— Andrea Cooley

International delights!

YAY!!!!  If you know me you know how much I love to eat & I love outdoor community festivals. Combine them into a FOOD FESTIVAL and you’ve won my heart. One of my FAVORITE outdoor festivals is next weekend – the World Food Festival! There’s great entertainment, cooking demos and you can learn about non-profit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

An alum dealing with H1N1 flu

Pat Crocker, a 1980 D.O. grad, is chief of emergency medicine at a hospital in Austin. NPR recently talked to him about their huge volume of H1N1, or swine flu, cases. The hospital has actually set up special tents in the parking lot for treatment. Listen here or read the story.

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn more about DMU

I realize we talked about our fall travel last week, but it’s such a busy time of year for us, I thought we needed to mention it again. (Here’s our schedule if you want to see if we’re coming to your school!) Last week I joined admissions coordinator Lisa Vroegh at the UNI Career Fair […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the Road with DMU

Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s not just that I love the crisp temperatures, forests changing colors to vibrant reds and oranges or even the fantastic college football (GO HAWKS!)  I also love fall because it’s a busy and exciting time around campus. Fall is when we start our interviews for our clinical […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug

Way to go, Juan!

The local Juice magazine has a nice profile today on Juan Cadenillas. Juan is a 2009 DMU M.P.H. graduate. He’s doing great things for our county’s public health department and he’s really weaving himself into the Des Moines community as a Latino role model, one of his goals. I’ve gotten to know him a bit […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Help raise awareness of homeless kids!

Imagine your life now… on your way to a successful career in health care. While there are still challenges to face, your basic needs have always been met. Now imagine if you will, growing up without those basic needs and wonder… would you still be where you are today if you grew up without them? […]

— David Guajardo

Physical therapy in St. Lucia

St Lucia has been quite the eye-opening experience on many levels. The health system here, as far as physical therapy is concerned, is very good but needs further development. The people do very well with the resources available to them but they need so much more. We had the opportunity to do some community outreach […]

— Katie Schultz