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Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2015
    • 31 Dec 2015
    • N/A

    The Iowa Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (IASOPHE) is a voluntary organization composed of professional public health educations or individuals and students interested in public health education.  IASOPHE is both a Chapter of the national Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and a current section of the Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA).

    The mission of IASOPHE is to provide leadership to the profession of health education and to contribute to the health of all people through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in health education practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health.

    Members are affiliated with a variety of public health settings including local and state health departments, community-based organizations, higher education, schools, worksites, managed care, and health care.

    Benefits of membership include:

    • Professional networking and professional development
    •  Develop and gain advocacy skills to advance public health
    • Reduced cost for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credits
    • Access to continuing education via programs and webinars
    • Resource sharing from national SOPHE
    • Gain leadership skills
    • Possible internship opportunities
    • Quarterly newsletter
    Membership dues help support IASOPHE activities, advocacy, education, and representation at the national SOPHE annual meeting and conference.
    • 12 Jan 2015
    • 01 Oct 2015
    • multiple locations

    The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Training teaches how to take action steps toward a healthier community

    Click here for more information and registration information.

    • 14 May 2015
    • 09 Jul 2015
    • webinar

    The Iowa Rural Health Association brings attention to issues that affect rural health and helps address those issues by providing educational opportunities, facilitating information sharing, and engaging in advocacy activities.  


    The IRHA distributed a survey to members and stakeholders.  After assessing the survey, we are ready to do some new things!

    The IRHA introduces  "Iowa Rural Health Conversations - IRHA Summer Series"

    The conversations will be via conference call.  The format is: Speaker/s give 40 minutes of key information on a specific topic, including what is being done in Iowa and what can be done by individuals on the call. Then, to make the call interactive, there will be a 10-15 questions and comment session. The topics selected are those that ranked highest in the survey.  All conference calls are scheduled the second Thursday of the month 12 noon to 1 pm.

    "Iowa Rural Health Conversations - IRHA Summer Series"
    Farm-related childhood injury prevention - Keeping children and youth safe
    Date: May 14

    Rural Health Policy Update - What is new in the nation and Iowa
    Date: June 11

    Environmental Health - Focus on Water
    Date: July 9

    We are excited to begin the Iowa Rural Health Conversations and hope you will save the dates on your calendar.  Additional information will be distributed 2 weeks before and will be posted at


    • 27 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webinar
    The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition hosts this two-part webinar series for public health agencies, health care providers, Area Agencies on Aging, Accountable Care Organizations, and fall prevention program leaders.

    Part II will explain implementation of the STEADI toolkit across the continuum and Medicare coverage for fall prevention services. It will also present how to establish partnerships for fall risk screening and referral in your community. 

    • Welcome and overview Carlene Russell, Iowa Dept. on Aging
    • Implementation of the STEADI toolkit and Medicare innovations to prevent falls Cyndi Schmidt, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
    • Establishing Partnerships for Screening and Referral in Your Community Trina Radske-Suchan, YMCA Healthy Living Center

    Click here to register.  Click here to learn more.

    • 28 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • webinar

      This webinar will provide an overview of foundational and advanced point-of-sale (POS) approaches, identify the mechanisms for implementing these strategies at the local level, and help tobacco control grantees incorporate POS into their work. Presenters: Scott M. Kelly, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center; Cassandra Stepan, Local Tobacco Policy Planner, Minnesota Department of Health

    Register here.

    • 28 May 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • webinar

    Social impact bonds are increasingly being looked at as financing mechanisms for public health initiatives. These new and flexible tools are spurring innovations in public health programs. With each new innovation more is learned about the potential and limitation of these new tools, and what legal tools could be used to promote the development and use of social impact bonds to advance public health objectives.

    This webinar will describe the structure and function of the social impact bond model, and summarize new innovations that use the social impact bond model to fund various public health initiatives, including asthma and early childhood development. Speakers will also outline some of the limitations of the social impact bond model, explore recent state and federal legislative efforts to address them, and provide perspectives of social impact bond implementers and investors.

    Click here to register.

    • 29 May 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    During this call, participants will learn about reasons for the increasing rate of emergence of food animal diseases, some specific examples, challenges for their control, and implications for public health and food security.

    Register here.

    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    To promote increased public health awareness and encourage inclusion of public health perspectives within medical education. This webinar will highlight the importance of teaching tomorrow's doctors the ways in which the environment affects health and behavior.

    Register here.

    • 02 Jun 2015
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webcast will explore a critical aspect of violence prevention - community-led action.

    Register here.

    • 03 Jun 2015
    • The Meadows Events and Conference Center 1 Prairie Meadows Altoona, IA

    Join us June 3 as health care professionals from across the care continuum come together to drive partnerships and collaboration, learning  about current transitions of care topics prevalent in today's health care environment.

    Keynote speaker Jennifer Page, the inspirational and entertaining mother of Mini Darth Vader, will describe her family’s journey through the health care system. Her son, best known for his role as Darth Vader in the Volkswagen Super Bowl ad, was born with a congenital heart defect necessitating eight major surgeries before age eight. Her transformative health care journey has been heartfelt, eye opening and sometimes harrowing. Jennifer will share her many experiences to help participants better understand, identify and address many of the major challenges facing health care consumers today.

    Clement (“Clem”) Bezold, PhD, Chairman and Senior Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) will present a keynote presentation on “The Social Determinants of Health in the Futures of Primary Care and Public Health.” Trained as a political scientist, Clem Bezold has been a major developer of foresight techniques, including IAF’s unique “aspirational futures” approach, which uses scenarios to help clients not only to better understand what might happen but to create the future they prefer, their vision.

    The morning sessions will be followed by breakout tracks covering Community Team-Based Care,Data in Action and Patient and Family Engagement.

    Register here.

    • 03 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    This webinar will discuss the connection between transportation and health and give insight into the specific process one community used to fund programs and how the programs are implemented from start to finish. It will also highlight how advocacy and community organizing are used to move projects forward.  

    Click here to register.

    • Megan Wier, MPH
      Lead Staff, Health, Transportation and Equity at San Francisco Department of Public Health
    • Leslie Meehan, AICP
      Director of Healthy Communities, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
      Leslie will provide a better understanding of the process used to fund transportation programs in Nashville. She will also share how a project is moved forward from start to finish, including: “permit” process; how projects get developed; how projects get technical assistance to incorporate health; how metropolitan planning organizations evaluate projects and promote health.
    • Scott Bricker 
      Executive Director, America Walks

      Scott will discuss advocacy and community organizing as tools to move projects forward. He will provide examples of communities that have improved walkability and active transportation through organized efforts.

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar

    Cognitive Aging Report CoverJoin us for a webinar on Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action, which was recently released by the Institute of Medicine. Members of the IOM committee will provide an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations as well as implications for state and local public health. Please register online

    The IOM report examines the public health implications of “cognitive aging,” the gradual and variable changes in mental functions that occur with age. It concludes that three key behaviors – being physically active, managing certain cardiovascular risk factors, and regularly talking with a health care provider about issues that might affect cognitive health, including medications – can reduce the risk of cognitive decline, protect cognitive functioning, and promote healthy aging in older adults. 

    Dr. Kristine Yaffe – Vice Chair of the Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging – will review the report’s findings and recommendations. Committee member Dr. Jason Karlawish will discuss the public health implications.

    Register here.

    • 05 Jun 2015
    • Sheraton, Iowa City Iowa
    The goal of the conference is to educate Iowa’s health care providers about the importance of providing culturally responsive and competent care to improve access to quality health care and reduce health disparities.


    Click here for more information.

    • 08 Jun 2015
    • 12 Jun 2015
    • webina
    The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health will host Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for Rural Health Professionals, June 8-12 at the University of Iowa. The course is designed to provide the information and skills needed to enable safety and health professionals to anticipate, recognize, and prevent occupational illnesses and injuries among members of the agricultural community.The course is appropriate for safety and health managers, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, graduate students, and anyone interested in the unique safety and health needs of rural and agricultural communities. The course includes classroom instruction, farm tours, safety and rescue demonstrations, and a networking reception. Topics to be discussed include agricultural injury, pesticide exposures and associated health effects, occupational diseases of the lungs in agricultural settings, livestock production, transportation hazards, behavioral and emotional health, zoonotic disease, ergonomics, cancer among agricultural workers, and many others.

    Continuing education and academic credits are available.
    The Iowa Department of Public Health - State Office of Rural Health is providing scholarships to pay the registration fees for two Iowa healthcare providers to attend the training.

    More information available here. 

    • 09 Jun 2015
    • Unity Point Virginia Thompson Auditorium, Woodland Ave, Des Moines, Ia
    Thank you to Blank Children's Hospital Center for Advocacy and Outreach and Iowa Cancer Consortium for making this event possible.

    Register here.

    • 09 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    The next webinar in our "Action" series focuses on income data included in the Rankings as well as some of the policies and programs from What Works for Health that communities can use to address income. We will also talk with Nicole Keenan, former Policy Director for Puget Sound SAGE, who was part of the successful campaign to raise Seattle's minimum wage to $15/hour.

    Click here to register.

    • 10 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    Decreasing sodium intake of the population is a priority of the Million Hearts® Initiative. This webinar will present the public health rationale for reducing population sodium intake and address recent research that has called sodium recommendations into question. The aim is to help professionals make sense of the sodium science, clarify confusion about guidelines regarding salt and health, and provide a state and local example of successful implementation of sodium reduction guidelines.

    Click here to register.

    • 11 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will examine whether family interventions can influence children and adolescents not to smoke.

    Click here to register.

    • 15 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    Listen to the leading Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. The MSA is an historic accord between cigarette companies and 46 states, reached as a result of litigation seeking compensation for the states' healthcare costs related to effects of smoking.  Along with four individual state settlements, the MSA imposes stringent advertising and marketing restrictions on cigarette promotion and has resulted in the cigarette companies paying over $100 billion  to the states. Because the promotional restrictions and payment system continue in perpetuity, the MSA is a critical foundation of tobacco control.


    The webinar will feature attorneys from the National Association of Attorneys General Tobacco Center: Michael Hering, Director and Chief Counsel; Bill Lieblich, Deputy Chief Counsel - Public Health; Tamara Schlinger, Counsel.

    Register here.

    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 18 Jun 2015
    • Washington

    Please save the date!

    Building on the success of the first two national HIA meetings, the 2015 conference is designed to appeal to anyone interested in learning more about HIAs and advancing the field, especially decision-makers and program leaders from multiple sectors and at all levels of government. The audience will include current HIA practitioners; public health, planning, and health policy professionals; community-based organizations; advocacy groups; researchers; academicians and students; elected officials and their staffs; and decision-makers from non-health agencies who might use or rely on the results of an HIA, such as in planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, energy, environment, and education. Meeting objectives include:

    Introducing public health professionals and others to the appropriate applications, methods, opportunities, and challenges involved in conducting an HIA.
    Providing a forum for HIA practitioners to showcase their work through roundtables and oral and poster presentations, as well as to learn from each other and experts in related disciplines.
    Showing decision-makers and program leaders the practical aspects of implementing HIAs in a range of policy settings.
    Visit, where information will be posted as it becomes available, including details on the call for abstracts and scholarship applications. Meeting registration will open in early fall 2014.

    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 19 Jun 2015
    • Holiday Inn Des Moines – Airport/Conference Center 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321

    A New Era: The Future Is Now

    Click here to download the conference brochure.

    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar
    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 09 Jul 2015
    • Kansas City Missouri

    The conference offers valuable access to public health leaders from across the country. Local health departments play a critical role in providing community support for both global health concerns and traditional core public health functions.

    Register here.

    • 10 Jul 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA

    • 05 Aug 2015
    • 07 Aug 2015
    • The Brown Hotel 335 West Broadway Louisville, Kentucky 40202 United States

    Don't miss this opportunity to join us at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY to network with NALBOH Members. This year's conference will focus on the six functions of public health governance.

    Register here.

    • 07 Oct 2015
    • 08 Oct 2015
    • Sullivan Brother's Convention Center Waterloo, Iowa


    Hosted by the Iowa Environmental Health Association

    To submit an abstract, please review the submission guidelines and utilize the abstract submission form.

    Abstract Submission Guidelines

    Abstract Submission Form

    Abstracts are due June 1, 2015. 

    Please contact Eric Bradley (click here for email) or at 563.326.8618 x8811 if you have any questions.

    • 31 Oct 2015
    • 04 Nov 2015
    • Chicago Illinois

    Meeting where public health professionals convene, learn, network, and engage with peers.  The there of the 2015 meeting is Health is all Policies.

    Click here for more information.

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