DMU to co-host Mental Health Forum with Iowa’s Gubernatorial Candidates

Des Moines University will welcome candidates for Iowa governor for a conversation on how to fill the gaps in the state’s mental health care system on December 5 at an event coordinated in partnership with the Des Moines Register. 

DMU was invited to host the forum at a time when exciting plans are in the works to incorporate a new mental-health care component into the university curriculum. As Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich wrote in a recent column highlighting connections made through Sue Huppert, chief external and governmental affairs officer, Des Moines University is on the brink of becoming the first medical school in the country to provide National Alliance on Mental Illness-developed training in mental health care to all students.

“This forum, coupled with our national partnership with NAMI, advances our vision to be policy consultants as we look at innovative ways we can educate future health care providers,” Huppert says.   

The Des Moines Register is sponsoring the forum, which runs 6:30-8 p.m. December 5, 2017, in the DMU Student Education Center. Obradovich will moderate, and a lineup of candidates attending will be announced at a later date. Attendance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. The event will also be live-streamed at

The public may request tickets at

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