Dr. William Story, assistant professor of community and behavioral health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2019 Community Research Partnership Award from the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS).
Dr. Story is recognized for the creation of the Congolese Health Partnership (CHP), a collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), and leaders in the Congolese community in Johnson County, Iowa.
The mission of the CHP is to improve the health and well-being of an evolving, diverse community by building bridges through mutual education, empowerment, and expansion of resources. During the first two years, the CHP advisory board — composed of community members and health care providers — organized four community dialogue sessions to address barriers to perinatal care, presented to over 50 health care providers on Congolese culture and health, initiated a bill that allows pregnant lawful permanent residents to access Medicaid without a five year waiting period, and leveraged their partnership to procure resources to address refugee mental health. The CHP has been proactive in their approach to addressing health equity as the population of Johnson County (IA) changes rapidly.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 02