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    • 01 Jan 2014
    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 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.
    • 02 Apr 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • 15 Oct 2014
    • webinar

    Food, Justice and Health Equity
    A Healthy Food, Healthy Farms Webinar Series
    RegisterRegister now for the free series!

    Register just once for all webinars in the four-part series and attend as many as you like.

    Food Justice, Obesity & the Social Determinants of Health
    April 10, 1 pm
    Presented in conjunction with National Public Health WeekShiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, APHA president-electCecilia Martinez, PhD, Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy
    Healthy communities depend on food environments that offer all residents access to healthy food choices. Where people live should not dictate how well they can eat, but it often does. APHA President-elect Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, discusses food environments as drivers of obesity and related diseases as well as critical elements in achieving health equity. Speaker Cecilia Martinez, PhD, will discuss community indicators for food justice.

    Transforming Community Food: Stories from the Ground Up
    June 9, 2 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Transformation Grants have supported American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Hmong, Hispanic, black and many other communities in developing programs aimed at preventing food-related disease epidemics such as diabetes and heart disease. Since 2011, the grant program has awarded over $170 million. Hear three communities’ stories of trying to change their food systems, their success so far, and the many challenges that remain as residents tackle food justice, community and job development, and health inequity.

    Culture is Health: Sovereignty & Food Systems
    Sept. 23, 12 pm
    Maile Taualii, PhD, MPH, APHA Executive Board
    Obesity, diabetes and related disease typically have greater impacts within American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and immigrant communities. Growing, cooking together and eating traditional foods are often integral to their cultures as well as key to social cohesion and community health. Yet these communities often have less-than-healthy food environments, in which policies and conditions make access to highly processed, fatty and sugary nontraditional foods more available. Thus, chronic disease prevention in many such communities is inseparable from the issue of food sovereignty.

    Building Healthy Food Systems, Overcoming Historical Trauma
    Oct. 15, 1 pm
    Ladonna Redmond, founder, Campaign for Food Justice Now

    Register now for the full series! Space is limited.

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      • 19 May 2014
      • 31 Aug 2014
      • web based
      Public Health Learning Modules contain video lectures, slide presentations, student assessments, in-class activities and resources that follow the framework of Healthy People 2020.


      Click here to access these modules.

      • 21 Aug 2014
      • 1:00 PM
      • 28 Aug 2014
      • Webinar

      Join us on August 21st and 28th for a webinar and then a discussion forum on innovative and effective ways to promote walking in mid-size towns. America Walks continues our focus on the Garden State. This month's presenters will share success stories from three New Jersey communities. Feel free to attend one or both of these programs.

      Click here to register for the webinar.

      Click here to register for the discussion forum.
      • 26 Aug 2014
      • 2:00 PM
      • webinar

      What can we learn from communities that are working to build a Culture of Health? During this webinar, we'll interview two community coaches to hear their lessons from the field and answer your questions about community improvement efforts.

      Register here.

      • 27 Aug 2014
      • Meadow Events and Conference Center, Altoona, Iowa
        Interested in learning more about transforming the delivery of care, preventing avoidable readmissions, quality improvement efforts, national HEN impact, and/or care coordination? Consider attending the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative 11th Annual Conference on August 27, 2014!

      The conference will be at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. The various tracks will benefit physicians, CEOs, CFOs, nurses, quality assurance professionals, infection control professionals, hospital pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists and other healthcare personnel!

      This conference will feature many exciting presentations by speakers from across the United States, including: Dennis Wagner and Paul McGann, MD, Co-directors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor and Associate Chair from the University of California Department of Medicine in San Francisco, CA.

      Click this link to view the brochure for this exciting conference!

      *Interested in attending? Click this link to register online!

      Click here for the conference brochure.
      • 27 Aug 2014
      • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
      • webinar

      Gun violence statistics in America are growing increasingly dire, but as a country we have not moved any closer towards resolution of the gun policy debate. The firearms conversation is divisive and inflammatory: advocates on either side are heated, passionate, and unable to reach compromise. As their political battle continues, gun violence itself is becoming an increasing desperate public health problem.

      In this Web Forum, we will look at some of the underlying reasons that the current political atmosphere and dialogue has created an environment where the two sides of the debate can’t meet at the table to move forward. Furthermore, our panel will offer some ideas and discussion about new ways to frame the issue, in hopes of fostering alignment to create improved policies around gun safety.

      This Web Forum will be the third in a series. In our first Web Forum, we discussed why gun violence is a public health issue; in the second Web Forum, we moved the conversation towards policy and advocacy. In the upcoming discussion-based forum, we will look at how to improve the likelihood of new alliances, new conversation, and new compromises, in order to achieve policies that will improve the public’s health in this arena.

      Click here for more information. 

      • 28 Aug 2014
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
      • webinar

      Implementing a comprehensive and sustainable health equity strategy requires support and buy-in from leadership, partners, and staff across your organization. If you are the equity champion in your APHA Affiliate or organization, you will need a two-pronged strategy, one that appeals to both the “head” and “heart”, to make your case and move from planning to action. On this webinar, CommonHealth ACTION will:
      • Present the basis for this approach, including principles for changing minds drawn from literature and practice;
      • Feature the experiences of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, which has invested in this strategy for both institutional and programmatic change; and
      • Provide a worksheet to help you think through how you will make the case for health equity to others in your Affiliate, organization, and community.

      Click here for registration.



      Webinar #2: Wednesday, October 22, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET: Collaborating for health equity

      Webinar #3: Wednesday, December 10, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET: Evaluating health equity

      • 29 Aug 2014
      • 12:00 PM
      • webinar

      Presentation by Dr. Elaine Enarson.

      Register here.

      • 08 Sep 2014
      • 09 Sep 2014
      • The Meadows Events and Conference Center, Prairie Meadows Altoona Iowa


      As someone who works in direct care, you create "Magic Moments" every day. Join us at the 2014 Iowa CareGivers "Magic Moments" Conference as we celebrate the "magic of caregiving."

      This is an educational conference especially for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Medication Aides, Home Care/Health Aides, Hospice Aide, Patient Care Technicians, Nutrition Aides, RestorativeAides, Direct Care/Support Professionals, Personal Assistants, Consumer Directed Attendant Care Workers, Universal Workers and family caregivers.

      Click here for more information.

      • 11 Sep 2014
      • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
      • webinar
      Learn about both the potential impact and limitations of social media as a tool for health communication. Two experts will present their research findings on the use of social media for health organizations.

      Click here for more information.

      • 12 Sep 2014
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
      • webinar

      Speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health will give an overview of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General's report, including new findings, recommendations and tangible resources you can leverage to inform public health planning, policy, and practice.

      Click here for more information.

      • 17 Sep 2014
      • 2:00 PM
      • webinar

      This webinar will share information on how states are using existing EDRS for active disaster response and surveillance and will cover EDRS' role in mass fatality planning.


      Click here for more information.

      • 23 Sep 2014
      • 10:00 AM
      • State Hygienic Laboratory University of Iowa 2490 Crosspark Road Coralville Iowa

      Join us for the Grand Opening of the Center for the Advancement of Laboratory Science!    You will have the opportunity to learn more about the State Hygienic Laboratory and its newest feature...a truly unique public access training space which will bring together students, educators, researchers and other members of our scientific and geographic communities who share our commitment to advancing the future of laboratory science.    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Shari Heick in advance at (319) 335-4455.

      Please RSVP here.

      • 24 Sep 2014
      • 1:30 PM
      • webinar

      Join this webinar where we will discuss a policy to require safety warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages to inform consumers of the harmful health impact of consuming those products. This is an emerging policy strategy that has great potential to change social norms around sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), to reduce the prevalence of youth and adult obesity and diabetes. The presenters will discuss in detail their experience in developing SB 1000, groundbreaking legislation introduced in the California Senate in 2014. The lessons learned from the California campaign provide a foundation for subsequent efforts in states and communities across the country. Presenters will also discuss the impact of this policy on communities of color, as well as available resources for moving this strategy forward in your state or community.
      Click here for more information.
      • 07 Oct 2014
      • 1:00 PM
      • Univerisity of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa

      This year's Fall Colloquium is titled Putting the Pieces Together: Leveraging Your Organization's Assets. The Colloquium will take place on October 7, 2014 at 1:00pm at the University of Iowa's College of Public Health in Iowa City. Information regarding registration and programming to come.


      Click here for more information.

      • 08 Oct 2014
      • 09 Oct 2014
      • MidTown Holiday Inn - Grand Island, NE
      PHAN hosts this conference to provide public health professionals with the information, skills, and resources to advocate for opportunities to improve public health in their communities.

      Request for presentations due 5.28.14.  Conference sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities due 9.19.14.  Click here for conference information.
      • 21 Oct 2014
      • 22 Oct 2014
      • FFA Enrichment Center 1055 Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway Ankeny Iowa

      The Iowa Cancer Summit connects health educators, health professionals, and other cancer advocates to network and exchange best practices in cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship.

      Featuring Patricia Ganz, MD, UCLA's director of cancer prevention and control research and patients and survivors program. Recently, Dr. Ganz chaired an Institute of Medicine committee producing a report entitled Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.

      More of what to expect at the 2014 Iowa Cancer Summit:

      • A Health Equity Pre-Summit Workshop focusing on Health in All Policies
      • An Iowa Legislative Policy Panel
      • ICC Fall Membership Meeting full of collaboration and inspiration
      • Breakout sessions covering the spectrum of cancer control
      • Networking opportunities
      • Continuing education credits, this year including CME credits!

      Click here for more information.

      • 22 Oct 2014
      • 24 Oct 2014
      • Music Man Square Mason City Iowa

      Mark your calendars now!  The 2014 APA Upper Midwest Conference will be in Iowa this year!  Mason City, IA will host planners from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin “wright here in River City” October 22nd – 24th.  As you might be able to tell from their tagline, Mason City is most prominently known for their many architectural structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and as the home of Meredith Wilson, who composed and wrote the hit Broadway musical “The Music Man,” which was later turned into a movie.  The conference will be held at Music Man Square in Mason City,, which features a replica of the River City streetscape as depicted in the movie.  Yes, planners, we will be sipping on Cokes, while talking to vendors in between conference sessions along this famous streetscape.  If you haven’t already seen the movie (and said streetscape), you may want to check it out before heading to Mason City.  There may be a test on the lyrics of “76 Trombones!”   Mobile workshops will include the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House; a trip to the Rock Crest/Rock Glen neighborhood, the largest collection in the world of prairie style homes in a natural setting; and the Charles City whitewater rafting project. 

      • 15 Nov 2014
      • 19 Nov 2014
      • New Orleans, LA

      The meeting will address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.


      Click here for more information.

      • 19 Nov 2014
      • 20 Nov 2014
      • FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines Area Community College Campus, Ankeny, Iowa

      Research, outreach and education, clinical practice and policy perspectives all influence the health and safety of our rural residents and farm families. All are undergoing transformational changes. To better respond to these changes, the Iowa Rural Health Association (IRHA) and the Agricultural Safety and Health Centers at The University of Iowa are joining forces to host this two-day conference that will serve as both the IHRA’s Fall Meeting and the 13th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) conference. Our goal is to strengthen collaboration among rural and agricultural health partners as we explore ways to keep our people safe and healthy in an era of major policy change.

      November 19: Broad view of transformations underway, breakout sessions, poster reception
      November 20: Implications for the Midwest, promising practices, celebrate National Rural Health Day

      Intended audience
      Health planners and administrators; health care providers; agricultural safety and health, occupational/environmental health professionals; educators; insurers; agricultural engineers; farm group representatives; farmers; employers of migrant farm workers; media; policy makers


      Click here for more information.

      • 20 Nov 2014
      • Embassy Suites Des Moines Iowa

      Join fellow Iowans for this non-partisan, one-day conference focused on the promise of health care innovation, emerging models, health plans and their markets, and population health tools and strategies.

      The Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland forum series facilitates a public discussion about health care in Iowa. The forums define key challenges in providing high quality health care across Iowa; assess the potential impact of contemporary economic, demographic, and political realities; debate strategies and identify viable solutions for consideration by Iowa's policymakers, and anticipate new and emerging trends that may impact the provision of high quality health care to the people of Iowa.

      The University of Iowa is proud to be the organizer of these critical and timely discussions. As a publicly supported academic institution, the University is uniquely positioned to provide a non-partisan forum for the consideration of issues of public interest and concern.

      This series is hosted by the University of Iowa Health Sciences Policy Council.   Information about this series is available at   Registration will begin in September.

      • 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.

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