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Upcoming events

    • 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.
    • 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
    • webinar

    Once a retailer decides to sell healthier foods, they face another challenge: working with distributors to stock small amounts of food conveniently and affordably. This webinar will describe components of the distribution system, identify distribution challenges that urban and rural retailers face, and highlight solutions that different communities have implemented.

    Click here for more information.

    • 22 Oct 2014
    • 24 Oct 2014
    • Music Man Square Mason City Iowa
    Demonstrating the impact of community planning on public health, the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) consulted with public health professionals to develop a conference track dedicated to health planning.  Offerings within this track include:
    • Health in All Policies
    • Safe and Healthy Walking Environments
    • Local Food Systems
    • Active Design and Des Moines Bike Lanes
    • Blue Zones
    • Urban Agriculture Initiatives
    • Impacting the Built Environment
    • New Patterns and Places
    Click here for more information and to register.

    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar
    Informative webinar on best practices, lessons learned, and resources on how to detect and monitor illness, disease, and syndrome trends and outbreaks.

    Register here.

    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar - registration required
    The health of Iowans is being impacted by climate change. The lead authors of the Iowa Climate Statement 2014 would like to invite you to join them to learn more about the statement and the public and environmental health impacts on Iowans from climate change. 

    This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest climate impacts on public health in Iowa and learn more about what the climate models say about Iowa’s future weather extremes.

    Space is limited.
    Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Webinar

    For Public Health Professionals

    Sponsored by the New York State Public Health Association

    Click here to register.

    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
    This webinar will provide an overview of the trends and latest Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) policies for accreditation of undergraduate programs in public health.

    Click here for registration.

    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    Sponsored by the South to Southwest Injury Prevention Network

     Register here

    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    This webinar will define and distinguish medical ethics and public health ethics, describe the relationship between law and ethics, and highlight the impact of ethical decision-making frameworks and principles on the practice of public health and health care delivery.

    Click here for registration.

    • 30 Oct 2014
    • webinar

    The link between retail price and tobacco consumption is well documented. When cigarettes cost more, fewer people smokeundefinedfewer people start, more people quit, and fewer former users relapseundefinedand those who continue to smoke consume less frequently.

    On Thursday, October 30, join us for a webinar on pricing strategies for discouraging tobacco use. Learn about two emerging strategies that complement state and federal excise taxes: (1) a strong minimum price law that establishes a high statutory minimum price, and (2) laws to prohibit specific discounting tactics by the tobacco industry.

    Our presenters, Dr. Kurt Ribisl, Kevin Schroth, JD, and Ian McLaughlin, JD, will discuss these policy options, review recent legal developments, and describe model legislation. Ray Leung, JD will be moderating. Register for the webinar today!

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will highlight technologies designed to improve glycemic control and improve the health of persons with diabetes.

    Register here.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • webinar
    This interactive webinar will consider legal and ethical issues that health care facilities and providers may face when they engage in unsafe health care practices.

    Click here for registration.

    • 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.

    • 18 Nov 2014
    • webinar

    The most sustainable change to a food retail environment may be through policy change. This webinar will define policy terms, outline food retail policy options, and highlight examples of areas that have enacted healthy retail policy.

    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

    The University of Iowa is pleased to announce the seventh in a series of forums that support Iowa's policymakers in their efforts to improve the health care of all Iowans.  Join your colleagues at the Embassy Suites, Des Moines, for this non-partisan discussion focused on the promise of health care innovation, emerging models, health plans and their markets, and population health tools and strategies.

    Registration and program information for this forum are available at

    Keynote speaker:
    Barbara A. DeBuono, MD, MPH
    Vice President, Market Development, 3M Health Information Systems

    The University of Iowa, led by its Health Sciences Policy Council, 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.

    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.

    • 16 Dec 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will describe current issues in patient safety, provide a legal landscape of state laws related to patient safety, and will highlight the impact of this issue on the practice of public health and health care law.

    Click here for registration

    • 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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