Alcohol-Related Disparities in Iowa: What We Know and What We Need to Learn

Paul Gilbert

Session Description
Dr. Paul Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will talk about disparities related to alcohol use in Iowa. He will begin by differentiating disparities from other differences in health outcomes and will summarize national trends in drinking and substance use treatment utilization. Then he will review the latest data from Iowa, focusing in particular on gender, race/ethnicity, sexual and gender minority populations, and rural differences in drinking and associated harms. As public health is an applied discipline, Dr. Gilbert will devote time to considering the mechanisms responsible for the disparities and possible intervention approaches. Participants are encouraged to come with questions as this will be an interactive presentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate a health disparity from other differences in health outcomes.
  • Identify alcohol-related disparities in Iowa.
  • Describe possible mechanisms responsible for alcohol-related disparities.
  • Propose actions to address alcohol-related disparities in Iowa.

Continuing Education
Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.25 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session within each day to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.

Approved by the Iowa Board of Certification for 1.0 contact hours –– Alcohol and Drug Specific