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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.

    • 30 Mar 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will feature stories form two local health departments and a new NACCHO-developed tool, the Community Health Improvement Matrix.

    Click here for registration.

    • 31 Mar 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will examine the effects of interventions delivered in the home, school, and other nutritional environments designed to increase fruit and vegetable availability for five to 18-year olds.

    Register here.

    • 31 Mar 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar shares insights into American's eating habits and discusses trends in fruit and vegetable consumption including the shifting demographics of the fruit and vegetable consumer.  Presented by Joe Derochowski, Executive Director of The NPD Group, you will learn about who is eating fruit and vegetables today, how it has changed over time, and future consumption estimates based on current population characteristics.

    Learner Objectives:

    1.     To gain insight into American's eating habits and how it impacts fruit and vegetable consumption.        
    2.     To understand who is consuming fruit and vegetables.
    3.     To understand future fruit and vegetable consumption given changes that occur due to life-stage and generational attitudinal and behavioral characteristics.
    4.     Identify opportunities for increasing consumption.      

    Registration is Required

    Register here.


    • 02 Apr 2015
    • Education and Research Center Iowa Methodist Medical Center 1415 Woodland Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309

    Register Here.

    Regular online registration is available through March 20th.

    Late registration will be accepted online through March 31st. 

    After March 31st, all registrations must be made on-site on the day of the event.

    Free Parking
    Available in the parking garage on the west side of Iowa Methodist Medical Center’s campus (nearest to the meeting location). Parking map.

    Enter the parking garage from Pleasant Street. Take the south elevators in the parking garage down to “G” level and proceed to registration.

    Room Block
    Rooms are available April 1st, for $109 at the Holiday Inn Downtown located at 1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines. Please call 515-283-0151 before March 11th and reference the Iowa Cancer Consortium room block.

    • Regular online registration is available through March 20th.
    • Late registration will be accepted online through March 31st. 
    • After March 31st, all registrations must be made on-site on the day of the event.
    • 02 Apr 2015
    • available via webcast

    RWJF will host an event to announce the release of their report from their Data for Health initiative. The event will be live, in Washington DC and available via webcast.

    Register here.

    • 02 Apr 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will focus on the judicial system's role in a public health emergency, examining how a judge may approach quarantine and isolation hearings, and the subsequent issuing of orders in a public health emergency.

    Click here to register.

    • 03 Apr 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • The Pub on the Cedar 101 North Jackson St., Charles City, IA 50616
    • 27

    The Iowa Public Health Gaining Ground Coalition (IPHGCC) presents “Gaining Ground Together: Making Iowa PHABulous!”  This free workshop is offered to Iowa’s public and environmental health professionals interested in moving the needle on accreditation readiness and performance and quality improvement in Iowa.  The one-day workshop including lunch will be repeated in each of Iowa’s public health regions in March 2015. 

    Who should attend?  Representatives of local public health agencies empowered to effect change in their organizations.

    What will be covered? 

    • History of the evolution toward accreditation in Iowa and nationally
    • Determining readiness
    • IPHGG resources (online, webinars, additional training and more)
    • Getting to yes!

    Questions?  Contact IPHGGC Coordinator, Jill Roeder, at

    Background:  Iowa has actively been working to address the performance of the governmental public health system since 2004.  In 2014, a coalition of partner organizations received the Gaining Ground grant from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI).  Gaining Ground is a two-year effort that seeks to catalyze national accreditation readiness and performance and quality improvement among local, tribal and state health departments in Iowa.  The Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA) serves as the fiscal agent for this grant project.

    Coalition partners include:

    • ·         Iowa Counties Public Health Association
    • ·         Iowa Department of Public Health
    • ·         Iowa Environmental Health Association
    • ·         Iowa Public Health Association
    • ·         Public Health Advisory Council
    Midwest Public Health Training Center
    • 07 Apr 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • webinar

     "Health Literacy: What is it? Why does it matter to health disparities? What can you do about it to advance health equity?" presented by Gretchen Van Wye, PhD, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Vital Statistics, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    Register here.

    • 07 Apr 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will present the findings and action items from a national survey about closed point of dispensing (POD) outreach. Closed PODs are locations that have entered into an agreement with public health to dispense medications to the people that work or reside there.

    Click here for registration.

    • 07 Apr 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • webinar


    Have you heard of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program but would like to learn a bit more about the program? This webinar provides comprehensive overview of the program.

    On this webinar we will discuss:

    • Why we rank and why rankings are useful;
    • The County Health Rankings model and measures;
    • How to use the Rankings to ignite action in your community;
    • The Roadmaps to Health Action Center tools and resources, including an overview of What Works for Health and the coaching program; and
    • The RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

    This webinar includes a tour of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps website as well an introduction to new features in 2015. We’ll also take time to answer your questions about the Rankings & Roadmaps.



    Register here.
    • 08 Apr 2015
    • webinar

    This presentation will review basic Chikungunya virus distribution, transmission cycles, clinical disease and medical issues, diagnostics, epidemiology, surveillance, and response.

    Click here to register.

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • webinar

    Join the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement for a workshop exploring how modeling can inform strategies to improve population health.

    Click here for registration.

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • State Hygienic Laboratory Lower Level State Hygienic Lab 2490 Crosspark Road, Coralville, Iowa

    Click here for more information and registration.

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar
    The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, available in every state, promotes the development of affordable housing. This webinar will explain the program and provide examples from states that have used it to encourage the adoption of smoke-free policies for new housing developments and properties undergoing major renovation.


    Presenters: Warren Ortland, Staff Attorney,Tobacco Control Legal Consortium; Anna Stein, Legal Specialist, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Jessica Yamauchi, Executive Director, Hawaii Public Health Institute.  Registration information is here.

    • 13 Apr 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar
    Based on research commissioned by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, this webinar will help you understand which messages about walking and walkability work, and which ones don't.  Karen Saverino and colleagues at Metropolitan Group will present the results of surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups conducted across the country, that will help us effectively frame the issue of walkable communities.  Your "call to action" will be to build these messages into your next communications initiative.

    Click here to register.
    • 14 Apr 2015
    • 15 Apr 2015
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

    There are several ways to support the 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health including exhibiting, sponsoring and advertising.

    To participate, complete this online registration and submit with payment no later than Friday, March 13, 2015.

    In addition to the various sponsorship levels, we are offering one exclusive sponsorship for the networking reception on April 14, immediately following the conference activities. The reception will be held in the Parlor on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Sponsorship for this event will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. In addition to the Gold Sponsor benefits, the reception sponsor will have signage and recognition at the reception and in the conference program as well as the privilege of displaying materials and/or products at the reception.

    Exhibit space is limited. Final location assignments will be made by the conference coordinator. Exhibitors are allowed one conference lunch per day. Additional lunches may be purchased for $20 each and should be indicated on the registration form. Exhibits will be set up in public areas of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, so it will be up to your discretion whether to tear down and reset your exhibit each day. The building is locked at the end of each day. Neither the Conference Planning Committee nor the DoubleTree Convention Complex is responsible for lost or stolen items. The DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex offers free wireless Internet accessibility.

    For questions, please contact conference coordinator, Suzanne Hull at 

    • 14 Apr 2015
    • 7:30 AM
    • 15 Apr 2015
    • 3:15 PM
    • Double Tree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids Iowa

    The conference brochure and additional information on sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising may be accessed online at  Click on the Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health page. 

    Please address any questions re: the conference to Conference Coordinator, Suzanne Hull.

    • 16 Apr 2015
    • 17 Apr 2015
    • The Kirkwood Hotel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    April 16: Building the Case for Total Worker Health

    Keynote: Making the Business Case for Total Worker Health: Exploring Value, Engagement, and Productivity

    L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    April 17: Implementing & Strategizing Total Worker Health

    Keynote: Integrating Health Promotion and Health Protection: Is it Really New?

    Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN, Associate Professor and Director of the North Carolina Occupational Safety & Health Research Center and Occupational Health Nursing

    Click here for more information.

    • 17 Apr 2015
    • Waterloo, IA

    The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging will hold A Matter of Balance Coach training in Waterloo on 4.17.15.   

    Anyone interested in becoming A Matter of Balance coach is invited to apply for this opportunity (applications due 4.06.15).  

    Questions? Contact Betty Ransom at 563.382.2941.  

    A Matter of Balance is specifically designed to reduce fear of falling and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The program includes eight classes—each class lasting two hours and presented over a four-week period by trained facilitators—utilizing a detailed training manual and instructional videos. The curriculum includes lectures, group discussions, mutual problem solving, role-play activities, exercise training, assertiveness training and home assignments. Participants learn about the importance of exercise in preventing falls; practice exercises to improve strength, coordination and balance; how to conduct a home safety evaluation; and learn to get up and down safely. There are now 24 counties in Iowa with a licensed Master Trainer for the A Matter of Balance program. These Master Trainers have the capability to train others to be “coaches” to help bring this program to benefit Iowans in other counties and communities in Iowa.

    • 21 Apr 2015
    • webinar
    Training on Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women: Adopting SCRIPT in Your Organization Training
    April 21, 2015, Portland, OR. Workshop on SCRIPT, the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment program. Register for to learn more about adopting this award winning, AHRQ-approved, evidence-based program in your organization

    Click here for registration.

    • 21 Apr 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will focus on the creation of a living national emergency preparedness training plan on TRAIN, where included trainings will be updated consistently to reflect changes in the preparedness landscape.

    Click here for more information.

    • 22 Apr 2015
    • The University of Iowa College Of Public Health, Iowa City Iowa

    A national health policy conference to identify economic incentives and new models to promote health, minimize costs, and improve quality.  

    Click here for more information and registration.

    • 27 Apr 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • University of Iowa College of Public Health Building
    You're Invited | HPV & Cancer Conference

    University of Iowa - College of Public Health Building
    145 N. Riverside Dr.
    100 College of Public Health Bldg.
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242

    The President's Cancer Panel Annual Report 2012-2013 entitled, "Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer" finds underuse of HPV vaccines is a serious but correctable threat to progress against cancer. In Iowa, an estimated 1 in 4 females and 1 in 10 males age 13-15 have received all three doses of HPV vaccine. Join us to discuss key components of the President's Cancer Panel report, engage with new partners, and learn what role your organization can play in statewide efforts to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine.

    Keynote Address:

    Robin Vanderpool, Dr.PH, CHES

    Deputy Director, University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center

    Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky

    and presentations on the following topics: HPV & Associated Cancer Rates in Iowa; Supporting Local Health Departments to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates; Reducing Missed Clinical Opportunities in Northern Iowa; Increasing HPV Acceptance in Linn County; HPV Recommendations & Ways to Reach Individuals age 18-26; HPV Associated Head and Neck Cancers and more to come!

    Conference Objectives:

    1.       Discuss the key components of the President's Cancer Panel report on HPV including reducing missed clinical opportunities, increase vaccination acceptance, and maximize access as related to reducing the burden of HPV associated cancers in Iowa.

    2.       Engage new and existing partners to share best-practices related to HPV community and clinical outreach.

    3.       Identify a role participants may play in statewide efforts to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine.


    Registration for this event is free. Please RSVP by April 17th, 2015

    • 10 May 2015
    • 13 May 2015
    • Park City Marriott, Park City, Utah
    Public Health and Disasters is a multidisciplinary national conference that brings together professionals from a variety of disciplines including academia, research, medical practice, and emergency response, as well as policy-makers from public health, community disaster preparedness, social science, government, media, and non-governmental organizations. Presentation topics include funding, collaboration, safety training, and working as a first responder. Plenary and breakout sessions will be hosted by professionals from California, Georgia, Utah, Washington, Brazil, and other locations.

    Registration is available here.

    • 13 May 2015
    • 14 May 2015
    • webinar

    Tracking Matters in Chronic Disease 

    This virtual conference will serve as a platform to raise awareness and inform state health department chronic disease directors and appropriate staff of the value and usage of National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.


    Conference Goals:

    • To increase awareness and knowledge about the role of environmental hazards in asthma and other chronic diseases and to highlight the utility of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in addressing these public health issues
    • To promote collaboration between public health leaders, subject matter experts and practitioners at state health departments across the US and US territories
    • To provide a forum for public health leaders, subject matter experts and public health practitioners at state health departments to share best practices and lessons learned

    Conference Objectives:

    At the end of the conference participants will be able to:

    1) Describe how Tracking Program resources can be used to help prevent and control chronic diseases

    2) Discuss the successes of tracking programs in improving public health 

    3) Support an integrated approach to chronic disease prevention and control

    3) Outline ways NACDD supports the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

    Click here to register.



    • 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


    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 05 Aug 2015
    • 07 Aug 2015
    • The Brown Hotel 335 W Broadway Louisville Kentucky, 40202

    National Association of Local Boards of Health announces that their annual conference has been set and there will be more information to be announced soon! 

    Please click here to follow our exciting announcements! 

    • 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

    • 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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