Health News

  • Thursday, October 24th, 2013

    Public Policy Center (PPC) research assistant Jennifer Turchi will present preliminary findings from the Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) evaluation this week at EyesOpenIowa, a yearly conference in Des Moines that promotes positive adolescent sexual health behaviors and helps educate communities about ways to support teens in this aspect of their lives. 

  • Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

    A study by the Public Policy Center concludes that many potential users of the new Health Insurance Marketplace face a series of challenges in using an online system to choose a health insurance plan.
  • Monday, September 30th, 2013

    A survey conducted by the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa shows that while most children in Iowa receive care that meets the definition of a medical home, some are being left behind, including those with special needs, public insurance or who are African‑American.

  • Monday, September 30th, 2013

    A school lunch campaign, developed by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Education is gathering momentum and garnering attention from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

    An article authored by Margaret Tyler, George Wehby, James Robbins and Peter Damiano of the Public Policy Center was chosen as the featured article in a press release by The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.  The article, titled "Separation Anxiety in Children Ages 4 Through 9 With Oral Clefts," examines anxiety levels of children with oral clefts between the ages of four and nine.

  • Friday, September 13th, 2013

    DentaQuest Foundation announced that the University of Iowa Public Policy Center will be funded for its competitive renewal entitled “Access to dental care and the oral health safety net: An assessment of the public and private delivery systems and collaborative options for improvement”, aka Dental Safety Net in Iowa (DSNI).

  • Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

    The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded the University of Iowa a three-year grant ($1,364,993), with a start date of September 1, 2013. Ray Kuthy (Project Director) and Susan McKernan (Co-Director) are the primary Public Policy Center staff involved in this grant for the Coordinating and Improving Oral Health Workforce Activities in Iowa project.

  • Monday, July 15th, 2013

    A survey conducted by the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa shows 3 percent of children without medical insurance. The results come as policymakers prepare for changes to health programs with the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect next year. 

  • Monday, July 8th, 2013


    Results from the Evaluation of the IowaCare Program: Information about the Medical Home Expansion study revealed implications for the implementation of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, Iowa’s version of Medicaid expansion.

  • Thursday, June 27th, 2013

    PPC Director Peter Damiano presented at the 2013 AcademyHealth State Health Research and Policy Interest Group Meeting in Baltimore on June 22, along with colleagues from UCLA and Ohio State University that also conduct statewide health surveys. He was part of a panel titled: Use of State Population Health Survey Data to Inform Health Care Coverage Policy.