Lisa Wehr's Public Health Blog

Lisa is originally from Sigourney, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Music in 2010. She is currently a first year Master’s of Public Health (MPH) student in community and behavioral health (CBH). Lisa works on the medicine-psychiatry unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Through this blog Lisa hopes to let people learn about the CBH department.

This student blog is unedited and does not necessarily reflect the views of the College of Public Health or the University of Iowa.

20 October 2010


A quick first post here.

I'm working on getting this blog on its feet. I wish I could magically make it perfectly finished, but it will be a work in progress for a little while so please bear with me if not all the pages are published and not all the links are posted.

It's not been a terribly busy week here. I have one paper to write this week about benefits and challenges of the patient-centered medical home. I am a big proponent of primary care so this is a very interesting topic for me. I am also getting further into my project in another class on improving the percentage of women who receive adequate prenatal care. The next part of that is evaluating different policies that have been implemented by various states to address the issue.

The class schedule for the spring is available as of this week. (Here's the link for current students) I have been looking at my courses and trying to figure out where work will fit in with that. My appointment is 60% so I am required to work a certain number of hours every 6 weeks and 8 or 12 hour shifts can be difficult to work in places. I work in the hospital so it is typical shift work (7-3:30, 3-11:30, 11-7:30). I refuse to get out of bed before 9 a.m. so 7-3:30 is off my list :). I can do overnights occasionally, and have no problem picking them up when needed, but I discovered at my last hospital that working overnight 4 nights/week and going to class from 8 a.m-6 p.m. every day was just a really bad idea. So I tend to shy away from night shift overloads. Evenings fit well with my body and they look to fit with my spring schedule too. That makes me happy.

Have a lovely Wednesday all!

1 comment:

  1. Nice job Lisa. I think I just swallowed my pen.