Public health forum in Mason City

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MASON CITY, Iowa – Leaders from around the North Iowa area gathered in Mason City for several hours Friday to hear from members of the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. That includes Steven Schurtz, who is hoping for a collaboration effort by everyone in the community.

“We hope to show our ideas what we’re hoping for the city with our bikes and pedestrians plans, our healthy gardens,” Schurtz said. “And share that with other people in our community and around the area and learn from them and they can learn from us.”

The college is hosting the public health forum so they can help train the next generation of health care workers.

“We need to know what is important in communities around public health so that our research addresses those our education and training to provide the next generation of public health workers,” College of Public Health Dean Sue Curry said.

Schurtz hopes the event leads to new ideas to keep the community moving forward.

“I think it all revolves around business development, retention and attraction, and making a healthy work environment so our workers are healthy and can continue to work,” Schurtz said.

University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld also attended the event.

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