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ICFRC: Promoting Health and Wellbeing and Reducing Inequalities in Iowa: Immigration Policy, Stress, and Community Health

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Elizabeth Bernal lives in Iowa City, where she is involved with multiple community organizations that promote inclusion and well-being for immigrant communities. Elizabeth is a founding member of the board of directors of the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, a local community organization that pays immigration bond for incarcerated Iowa immigrants who cannot afford their immigration bond. Elizabeth also serves on the board of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, and last October she was awarded the Rick Graf award from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission.

Nicole Novak is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She grew up in Iowa and first became passionate about public health while working as a health aide at mobile clinics for migrant agricultural workers. In her research at the College of Public Health Nicole uses epidemiologic and community-engaged research methods to examine historical, structural and policy influences on the health of immigrants, Latinos and rural residents.

For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.

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