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DMU trustee attends White House celebration

One of Des Moines University’s esteemed trustees, Willie Stevenson Glanton, J.D., was recently honored with an invitation to the White House in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The small group of invited guests viewed the Emancipation Proclamation and joined President and Mrs. Obama for a discussion on past and present civil rights work. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free presentations Feb. 6 about psychological effects of unemployment

Iowa Psychiatric Society teams up with Des Moines University, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center to offer help Click here to download a flyer! The current economy is causing a ripple effect of symptoms. Some of those symptoms are emotional or psychological and often take a back seat to seemingly more pressing needs. This can make […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public invited to DMU to hear from author on medical apartheid

Des Moines University invites you to hear Harriet A. Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” on January 27 at noon. Free and open to all, her talk will be held in the Des Moines University (DMU) Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU collects cash for United Way, food for DMARC pantries, mentors for kids

Des Moines University’s Community Service Committee is celebrating a bountiful autumn, a giving staff and several successful campaigns. This year’s annual United Way campaign recently concluded with a grand total of $20,438 collected for United Way of Central Iowa. An increased push for ongoing monthly food drives has totaled 12,062 food items donated, thus far […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings at DMU for seniors Saturday, Nov. 7

Flu shots will not be available at Saturday’s Des Moines University Senior Health Fair as previously expected. The fair will go on as planned. Due to the Polk County Health Department’s vaccine shortage, they had to cancel all upcoming flu shot clinics until their supply is refreshed. “We, of course, wish we could offer flu […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New endowed scholarship for CPMS students

Bradley Bakotic, D.O., D.P.M., and Bako Pathology recently presented the DMU College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery with a generous gift. The gift begins an endowed scholarship for third- and fourth-year D.P.M. students who have shown excellence in pathology.

— Courtney Tompkins

Senior Health Fair update

Every year thus far the flu and pnuemonia vaccines have been available at the DMU Senior Health Fair Nov. 7. Because our supplier, Polk County Health Department, is now out of vaccines, it is unlikely that they will be available this year, Nov. 7, at the fair. The Department has canceled all upcoming flu clinics […]

— Courtney Tompkins

H1N1 update from Polk County

Polk County Health Department, like all other health agencies around the country, must adjust its plans for distributing the H1N1 vaccine because of a significantly smaller supply than what was originally projected. Following the guidance of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP), Polk County Health will temporarily […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Des Moines University President Terry Branstad retires

DMU board of trustees names interim president (Des Moines, Iowa) – At noon today in a private session, Des Moines University President Terry E. Branstad announced his retirement to students, staff and faculty. Effective immediately, he is now free to pursue the possibility of running for public office. He had been president and CEO of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU literary journal to raise awareness for World Health Organization

The third annual edition of Abaton, Des Moines University’s literary journal, will be available at World Food Prize (WFP) events this year. This issue bears a global health focus with submissions from alumni, staff, faculty, students and the public. It also contains work by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn from the World Food Prize and Dr. Mario […]

— Courtney Tompkins

International art exhibit coming to Des Moines

Des Moines University is excited to bring Art 4 Health (A4H) to Iowa. A4H is a traveling art exhibit launched by the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to increase awareness of global women’s health issues and promote the message that underprivileged women everywhere can work to overcome their circumstances. The exhibit includes paintings of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

New national global health consortium of universities includes DMU

The number of students enrolled in global health programs in universities across the United States and Canada has doubled in the past three years. That’s led American universities to expand these programs at an unprecedented rate. The surge also led more than 50 North American universities – including Des Moines University (DMU) – to create […]

— Courtney Tompkins

DMU first university to ever earn platinum wellness award

Des Moines University (DMU) was recognized October 1 as the first and only educational institution in America to receive a platinum level Well Workplace award, the highest distinction achievable from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). “We are obviously quite thrilled and honored by this award. It is a testament to the hard-work of our […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global health conference at DMU

Des Moines University’s annual global health conference “Global Health and Global Food” will be presented this year by the Heartland Global Health Consortium, in conjunction with the October World Food Prize activities. The half-day conference (which includes lunch) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 11:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., and will be in the Medical Education […]

— Courtney Tompkins

A good H1N1 resource

As healthcare students, staff and faculty, you may be fielding questions from friends and patients on the H1N1 flu. Polk County Health Department has put together a great resource for information. Click here for videos, frequently asked questions, a list of symptoms and more. Please wash your hands and do NOT spread germs. Please DO […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free health screenings for seniors Nov. 7

(Des Moines, IA) – Adults 50 and older are invited to Des Moines University’s Senior Health Fair for free health screenings on November 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, seniors can get free blood glucose, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Students and physicians will be doing […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health appointment

Mary Mincer Hansen, Ph.D., has been named to the state of Iowa’s Public Health Advisory Council, part of the Modernizing Public Health in Iowa initiative. She was selected as the expert in emergency preparedness. The council will play a key role in assuring the vision of public health modernization; that every Iowan has access to […]

— Courtney Tompkins