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Peter Iwen, PhD, D(ABMM)

Faculty Highlight – Dr. Peter Iwen teaches foundational clinical microbiology to a variety of students. Within the College of Medicine, he teaches medical mycology lectures, co-coordinates the microbiology wet-labs, and participates in problem-based learning and small group sessions. He also provides didactic lectures on clinical microbiology to the PharmD students and resident pathologists, and to graduate students within the College of Public Health (COPH). In addition, Dr. Iwen coordinates microbiology instruction for the resident pathologists and co-directs with Dr. Steven Hinrichs a certified post-doctoral training… Continue Reading

Leah Frerichs

Student Highlight – Leah Frerichs grew up on a farm near Akron, a small town in northwest Iowa. When she began her college career, she didn’t know what she wanted to do. She enjoyed math and science, so she thought engineering seemed like a good fit. What she did know was that she wanted a career where she could help others improve their health and quality of life, and that decision led her to choose biomedical engineering for her undergraduate major. After three years, however,… Continue Reading

Peter Woodbridge, MD, MBA, Research on Health Care Delivery Systems

Spotlight on Research at COPH — Dr. Peter Woodbridge leads the MidWest Mountain Veterans Engineering Resource Center (MWM VERC). The MWM VERC, one of four Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded VERCS, is located in the Nebraska Western Iowa VA Health Care System, Omaha campus, which is affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The VA established VERCs in 2008, in response to a joint report of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine that urged leaders and government agencies to support the… Continue Reading

Farm to School Program Helps Increase Access to Fruits, Vegetables

Public Health Community Advisory – In keeping with its mission to promote optimal health and well-being, UNMC’s College of Public Health (COPH) is a partner in the Douglas County Health Department’s (DCHD’s) Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program. Increasing access to fruits and vegetables is a core concept of the Douglas County CPPW program. A 2008 study found that few children actually eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day. To ensure that children have improved access to fruits and… Continue Reading

Support for Breast Milk Feeding as a Health Prevention Strategy

Public Health in the National News – Given that the health benefits of feeding breast milk are well established, it may seem that infant feeding decisions should be fairly straightforward. The reality is that for mothers in the United States the decision to feed breast milk or formula is quite complex. Mothers make this decision in an environment that includes the need to balance social and economic considerations as well as influences from social and community networks. Feeding human milk to babies may well be… Continue Reading