Community News and Updates

It’s marathon time!

This coming Sunday is the Des Moines Marathon. Obviously if you’re running it, you’re acutely aware of when it is. And hopefully if you’re one of the awesome students and faculty who’ll be providing OMM and physical therapy at the end of the race for athletes, you know when it is. But for all the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Important guest

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 (which is probably today for most readers), DMU has a special guest presenting at noon in the Student Education Center auditorium. Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., M.D., will be speaking about the Navy’s humanitarian aid ships, U.S. Comfort & U.S. Mercy. I’m not in the military and don’t know that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Healthy snack food drive

We’re partnering with DMARC’s food pantry to collect healthy snack food for kids to have healthy after-school snacks. The food drive starts today and runs through Sept 24. Ask friends and family to pitch in a few dollars and head to the store with the list below. Here’s a list of suggested items: fruit (canned […]

— Andrea Cooley

Mark the calendar…

Some cool stuff coming up, peeps. Get out your dayplanner… The Latino Heritage Festival is Sept. 4-5 at Southridge Mall. Admission is $5 and the event includes music, entertainment, food & more! A benefit for African predators at the Blank Park Zoo on Sept 11. (You’ll even get a discounted ticket with student ID!) Register […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get your runnin’ shoes on for a cause!

Walk/run the 5k or 10k for Shoes That Fit on Aug. 28. On Sept. 12 you can Step Out to Fight Diabetes at Gray’s Lake Park. (There’s even a DMU Podiatry team already!) Look for the DMU team providing first aid! American Lung Association’s Lung Walk 5k on Sept. 18 at the Blank Park Zoo. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Can you spare a CLICK?

The Crafting for Charity Club, hosted at DMU & run by DMU employees, could use your help! Make their dreams come true simply by clicking on the vote button! If they win, they can continue to provide material crafts, like quilts and toys, to community members. They can really use your support! Click Click!

— Tea Nguyen

Our mobile clinic

Have you seen the big green machine? It’s our new mobile clinic! It’s yet another way we’re providing health outreach to our community. Our Homeless Camp Outreach group uses it and our friends at Free Clinics of Iowa use it as well. Read more in today’s Register! You will see it on Saturday at the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Upcoming fun event: Trivia Night!

There’s a super cool first-time event in Des Moines called Dog-Eat-Dog Trivia Night happening May 20 at People’s downtown. (full & complete disclaimer: I’m on the board of The Pet Project Midwest, the charity putting it on. But I’d totally blog about it even if I weren’t cuz it’s going to be fun & it’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

CelebrAsian!

The annual Asian heritage festival is coming up soon! Check out CelebrAsian on May 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the state capitol complex. There’ll be music, dancing, food and cool exhibitions. PLUS it’s free to get in! You can find out more about it on Facebook or the event website. They do need volunteer help […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DO something!!

I know our students & staff already work hard and give back to the community all the time. BUT I found this cool website called www.DOsomething.org that can connect you to projects in your local area. It might come in handy when you’re in a new town for rotation or residency and want to volunteer.

— Courtney Tompkins

Help our local shelters!

Saturday has been designated “Shelter Awareness Day” by Iowa’s first lady. This day is designed to remind us all of the constant help needed by our shelters that do so much good. You can sign up to volunteer to help in various ways at VolunteerIowa.com.

— Courtney Tompkins

Thursday: earth day!!

Thursday is earth day so get outside, clean it up, plant something good & enjoy it! Here’s some earthy events: Valley Junction is hosting a full day of activities tomorrow, Sunday! On Thursday, there’s the YPC Trash Bash, beginning at 3 p.m. at Simon Estes Amphitheater. The DSM Botanical Center is offering free admission on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Your old couch could help someone start a new life

Often when victims of domestic violence flee for safety they have nothing but what they’re currently wearing. The FreeStore is designed to help them start fresh by providing what’s needed to setup a new home. As you’re spring cleaning out your garage or getting ready to move for rotations or residency, think of what you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy public health week!

Watch this video for 2010 National Public Health Week and consider how you can help. A recent survey, commissioned by the American Public Health Association, shows an effort toward improving community health. Results show 64 percent of Americans have already made healthy changes to their lifestyle while 21 percent are thinking about making healthy changes. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Want to host a quilt-in?

Here are the instructions on how to do it, provided by our very own DMU staff, faculty, students and friends from The Crafting for Charity Club. And guess what? They submitted these instructions to www.instructables.com and WON a very fancy sewing machine that I know will be put to great use. Kudos to all!

— Tea Nguyen

Time to put your soles to good use!

‘Tis the season to walk, race or run for good causes. Here’s a few coming up… On April 10 you can walk or run to raise money for and awareness about AIDS with The Project’s annual run at DMU. Kickoff is at 10. On April 10, beginning at 8 a.m. you can walk the skywalks […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Ugandan students rotating in Des Moines

Two medical students from the University of Makerere in Uganda, Julliet Allen and Gilbert Elijah, will be in Des Moines for an 8-week rotation.  They will arrive on March 20 for a four-week rotation in the DMU Clinic and four-weeks at Mercy Medical Center and will head home on May 14.  Please welcome Julliet and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Wear red Friday (Feb. 5)!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America. Join folks across the nation in wearing red Friday to raise awareness of this horrible, oft preventable, disease and help connect people to the American Heart Association. If you’re on campus, stop by the SEC Commons, Feb. 3-5, noon-1, to donate $5 or more […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Get welts to help wee ones!

DMU has teamed up with Variety-The Children’s Charity to host a new annual event: Dodgeball Derby @ DMU. If you’ve ever played dodgeball or seen the movie “Dodgeball,” you know this event will be fun. And when you consider that costumes and themed-teams are encouraged, you can imagine the riot this will be. Variety is […]

— Courtney Tompkins