Alcohol-Related Disparities in Iowa: What We Know and What We Can Do

September 15, 2020


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Target Audience

The target audience for these trainings are community service providers and health professionals who would benefit from behavioral health education.


This session will discuss the disparities related to alcohol use in Iowa. The speaker will begin by differentiating disparities from other differences in health outcomes and will summarize national trends in drinking and substance use treatment utilization. He will then 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, the speaker 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.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/15/2020 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/15/2020 - 12:15pm CDT

Paul Gilbert, PhD, ScM
Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Dr. Gilbert conducts research to understand and address alcohol-related disparities. He is particularly interested in the ways that gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation shape drinking patterns, risk of alcohol use disorders, and use of treatment services. Among current projects, he has a national, NIH-funded study to investigate how people define recovery when they don’t seek treatment, the behavior change strategies leading to resolution of a drinking problem without treatment, and how untreated recovery may vary by gender and race/ethnicity. In addition, Dr. Gilbert is completing an interview study that was funded by the College of Public Health to identify and describe the strategies people in Iowa have used to overcome alcohol problems when they don’t utilize treatment services. Full biography.

Accreditation Statements

  • Nurse: 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). No partial credit awarded.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

The information shared at this event is presented as an opportunity to expand awareness and knowledge. Views expressed by speakers do not represent the views of the Iowa Department of Public Health, nor does IDPH control or guarantee the accuracy of this information. IDPH does not endorse individual vendors, products or services.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 IBON


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Click here to register. There is not a cost to attend. 

For questions about registration, please contact Iowa State University by email or phone 515-294-6222.

For questions about program content, please email Kayla Sankey.