University of Iowa College of Public Health alumnus Ms. Rebecca Arnold (MPH ’10) has been named the recipient of the 2015 International Impact Award for her outstanding work in the field of public health.
Currently the senior program officer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, Ms. Arnold has knowledge of communication strategies with an understanding of critical public health issues facing populations in many parts of the world. A self-described ‘social and behavioral change communications specialist,’ her work has directly affected the delivery of knowledge and skills around family planning as well as maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition, and has led to improved health behaviors in communities from Madagascar to Bangladesh.
Ms. Arnold’s focus has always been global. She has worked as a community health educator, has fought global poverty with the NGO CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), and has developed grassroots advocacy guides used in Burundi, Uganda, and Rwanda to assist local activists in the prevention of gender-based violence in their communities.
More recently, Ms. Arnold has directed the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. BKMI is a USAID-funded project designed to strengthen the capacity of the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as it works to develop a national communication framework for health, population, and nutrition, which is currently absent in Bangladesh. As part of this effort, she is developing digital resources (eHealth) for community-based, non-clinical field health workers to use in counseling at the household level.
The International Impact Award recognizes distinguished alumni and other individuals with significant ties to the UI who have made important contributions internationally or, in the case of international alumni, abroad in their home countries.