Multiyear civil rights history project aided by grant, chairman of Iowa Board of Medicine re-elected: Iowa Capitol Digest, April 14

The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest:

IOWA HISTORY PROJECT: Officials with the State Historical Society of Iowa, with support from a federal grant, announced last Monday they will launch a multiyear research project this spring about the African-American Civil Rights Movement in Iowa during the 20th century. The $50,000 grant comes from the Department of the Interior and National Park Service, which recently announced $12.6 million in funding for 51 projects in 24 states that preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African-American struggle for equality. In Iowa, the “Iowa African-American Civil Rights Survey” will identify properties and people still unrecognized for the roles they played in civil rights history, as well as National Register of Historic Places with undocumented connections to the civil rights movement. Researchers will focus on places of work and worship, neighborhoods, educational institutions and public places as well as people, organizations and institutions involved in the movement. The two-and-a-half-year project will culminate with a survey report, at least one nomination of a historic property to the National Register of Historic Places and a customized civil rights tour on the Iowa Culture smartphone app. Currently, the State Historic Preservation Office’s database holds 11 National Register-nominated properties associated with African-American history, and only four of those are recognized for civil rights in Iowa.

STATE MEDICAL BOARD LEADERS: Dr. Kyle Ulveling, a cardiologist at Iowa Heart Center in Carroll, has been re-elected as the chairman of the Iowa Board of Medicine. Ulveling was appointed to the board in 2015 and was recently appointed to a second, three-year term. Also, Dr. KellyAnn Light-McGroary, a Solon cardiologist and chief medical officer of the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa, was re-elected vice chair, and Diane Cortese of Urbandale — a lawyer at Principal Global Investors in Des Moines — was re-elected secretary. The 10-member board licenses and regulates allopathic and osteopathic physicians and acupuncturists. In 2019, the board also will license and regulate genetic counselors.


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