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Grants to UNI Global Health Corps fund innovative programming in Iowa and abroad<br>

October 9, 2002

Michele Yehieli, associate professor of health promotion and education, (319) 273-5806
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps has received two grants to meet the health needs of underserved populations in Iowa and abroad.

The first is a two-year $100,000 award from the United States Agency for International Development to provide specialized health education training to community health professionals in Ghana, West Africa. The Global Health Corps is the lead agency on this grant, and will be working in conjunction with the University of Cape Coast and the Ministry of Health in Ghana.

The second grant is an 18-month, $42,000 Sound Partners grant from the private Benton Foundation. Funding will support Global Health Corps, KUNI and Radio Postville/UNI New Iowans Program to produce, record and air a series of multilingual health education programs for new immigrants in Iowa in Spanish, Hebrew, Russian and English. Topics will include infectious disease control, nutrition, chronic disease prevention and weather safety. This project is the only one of its kind in the nation.

UNI's Global Health Corps was founded in 1996. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved and diverse populations through culturally appropriate preventive health programming and applied research on health disparities. Most of the community outreach programming is conducted by UNI students majoring in health-related fields. The program is directed by Michele Yehieli, a UNI faculty member who specializes in international health.