Iowa Public Health Association


To submit an event for considered posting to this web site, please e-mail  

Click here to access the National Health Observances calendar maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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.
    • 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.

    Questions? Email

      • 01 Oct 2014
      • webinar

      Interested in performance management but not sure how to get started? Curious about how to find performance management resources that will support accreditation preparation? Have a question about performance management but unsure of where to find the answer? Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT for a walk-through of the Performance Management Toolkit, including highlights of key elements in the toolkit, and a discussion about how you can make this website work best for your organization.


      After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

      • Describe the five components of the Performance Management System framework
      • Identify resources related to each component of the Performance Management System framework
      • Locate resources and tools, including case stories, self-assessments, and white papers that can help individuals and organizations develop and improve their performance management system. 

      In addition to a walk-through of the features of the toolkit during the webinar, Brynn Riley from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) will share her story of building a performance management system from the ground up at the health department. Ms. Riley will share strategies for how to get started with performance management and how Maine CDC has benefitted from implementing a performance management system. Participants will also hear from the  Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the benefits of a strong performance management system to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization’s work.


      Please click here for more information. 



      • 01 Oct 2014
      • 2:00 PM
      • webinar

      In April of 2013, at the encouragement of a number of public health leaders, the Public Health Leadership Forum (PHLF), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and organized, managed, and facilitated by RESOLVE, convened a group of stakeholders to explore a recommendation from For the Public’s Health: Investing in a Healthier Future (IOM 2012) to further define a minimum package of public health services. Subsequently, the Definition and Constitution Working Group (DCWG) was created as part of the PHLF to articulate a framework of foundational public health services, comprised of a set of cross-cutting, essential skills called foundational capabilities (FCs), and substantive areas of expertise or program-specific activities known as foundational areas (FAs). The DCWG included leadership from ASTHO, NACCHO, CDC, PHAB, and others, and built on efforts in Washington, Ohio, and other states to draft a first version (“V1”) of a Foundational Public Health Services framework.


      To learn more and register click here

      • 01 Oct 2014
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • webinar


      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released draft carbon pollution standards that will help confront climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants in the U.S.   The same power plants that emit carbon dioxide also emit other harmful pollutants that cause smog, fine particulate matter, and ground-level ozone which contribute to increased risk of heart attacks, asthma attacks, life-threatening respiratory illnesses, and premature death.   Research recently released by Harvard and Syracuse Universities shows that setting strong standards for climate-changing carbon emissions from power plants would have an added bonus undefined reductions in these other harmful air pollutants that are detrimental to human health and the environment.  They are currently analyzing the health benefits of reducing carbon and these other air pollutants and will share those results on this national webinar.  The webinar will feature the following presenters:   

      Lyndsay Moseley Alexander, Assistant Vice President and Director, Healthy Air Campaign with the American Lung Association, and Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D., Research Fellow and Climate, Energy and Health Program Leader; Center for Health and the Global Environment; Harvard School of Public Health, as well as Kathy Fallon Lamber, M.S., Director of the Science Policy Exchange and Program on Science & Policy Integration; Harvard Forest, Harvard University. 


      Please click here for more information. 



      • 02 Oct 2014
      • 10:00 AM
      • University of Iowa College of Public Health Bldg., Callaghan Auditorium (N110) - Iowa City, IA

      Join the University of Iowa College of Public Health to hear from William (Bill) H. Foege, the recipient of the College of Public Health’s 2014 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship. Dr. Foege, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is an acclaimed epidemiologist, child health and development specialist, and global health luminary who helped conceive and lead the successful worldwide campaign to eradicate smallpox.

      More information on Dr. Foege, the award, and full details of the events planned during his visit may be found at  


      The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in global health.

      • 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.

      • 07 Oct 2014
      • 6:00 PM
      • SEC Auditorium, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa

      Public Health Networking Night at DMU is an event the MPH Student Club is hosting in collaboration with the Office of Admissions at Des Moines University. The event is an opportunity to learn about the Master of Public Health program, network with public health professionals, and learn about current issues in public health. There is no cost to attend this event. Come join us for this fun evening!

      Dr. Rachel Reimer, MPH Program Director; Rick Kozin; Director of Public Health at the Polk County Health Department; and Jeneane Moody, Executive Director of the Iowa Public Health Association will be this evening's speakers.

      Other highlights….. registration, information booths (1st Five, Dallas County Health Department, IPHA, IASOPHE, and MPH program booths) and light refreshments. For those unable to join us on campus, a live streaming of the event through AdobeConnect will begin at 6:30 PM CST. For more event details see the DMU website.

      Click here for more inf

      • 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.
      • 14 Oct 2014
      • 15 Oct 2014
      • Marshalltown, IA

      The IEHA Fall Conference is a chance to connect with peers and colleagues working in the environmental health field.  A variety of educational sessions will be offered such as: radon, food safety, hoarding, aquatic health codes, onsite wastewater programs, cyber security, outbreak surveillance, lead exposure, allergen control, situational awareness in the field, arsenic, body piercing and much much more!  There is something for everyone at the Iowa Environmental Health Fall Conference!

      Click here to learn more.

      • 16 Oct 2014
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
      • webinar

      Join us to learn about nutrition programs for low resource Iowans and ways you can become involved in your community. This webinar is hosted by the Iowa Food Systems Council's Food Access and Health Working Group.

      Click here for more 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.

      • 21 Oct 2014
      • 1:00 PM
      • webinar

      This webinar will discuss the challenges and goals of the GIS data collection process and the implications for understanding the environmental effects on health data.

      Cllick 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.

      • 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 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.

    Iowa Public Health Association  - The voice for public health in Iowa

    IPHA Terms of Use and Privacy Statement

    IPHA Website Linkage Policy

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software