Iowa Public Health Association


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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.

    • 31 Aug 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Webinar

    Weather emergencies can happen, no matter where you live. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. This includes knowing the proper food and water safety precautions to take during bad weather events, including flooding and power outages.   Join FDA and NOAA experts to learn action steps you can take to prepare for weather emergencies and prevent foodborne illness.

    Click here for more information.

    • 01 Sep 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Institutional food purchasing policies are a key way for organizations – particularly those that supply communities with food and food services – to affect healthy food availability and meet an overall demand for reduced-sodium products. One cost-saving strategy for implementing healthy change is collective or group purchasing, which occurs when a group of businesses or organizations pool their buying power to negotiate lower prices from vendors.

    This webinar explores how collective purchasing can help hospitals, government agencies, schools, and worksites obtain and offer healthier, reduced-sodium foods at more affordable prices.

    Register here

    • 01 Sep 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Across this country, more than 50 million students will attend public elementary and high schools this fall. Yet only two-thirds of African American and less than three-quarters of Latino students will graduate on time. Also, more than half of all students attending public school live in poverty.
    Barriers to high school graduation are a key public health concern because high school graduation is a leading indicator of healthy adult behaviors and health status. 

    Click here for more information and registration.

    • 02 Sep 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    International Walk to School Day is a one-day event occurring during Walk to School Month in October that encourages and celebrates walking to school. This webinar will offer tips and tools to use in planning your walk or bike to school day week, or month campaign, and throughout the school year. Whether this is your first time coordinating a Walk to School Day event, or whether you’re a Walk to School Day pro looking for fresh tips and ideas, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and our partners are here to help you incorporate the 6E’s and ensure your most successful event yet!

    Register Here

    • 10 Sep 2015
    • Animal Rescue League Conf. Ctr., 5452 NE 22nd St., Des Moines, IA

    Click here for more information.

    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Learn about applying for the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. 

    Register Here

    • 14 Sep 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Des Moines University

    The mission of this conference is to educate and empower those working with refugee populations in our community to identify and address mental health needs in a culturally competent, compassionate manner. The purpose of the event is to present information on trauma-informed care, with special attention to the refugee experience, systems and to deliver strategies to engage, communicate effectively and treat.   The audience includes mental health professionals, social workers, clinicians, and students who work with refugees through state agencies, medical clinics and nonprofit organizations.

    Click here for more information and to register.

    • 15 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This webinar will explore quality of care data included in the Rankings (i.e., preventable hospital stays, diabetic screening, mammography screening) as well as some of the policies and programs from What Works for Health that communities can use to improve quality of care.

    We will talk with Dr. Claire Neely, Chief Medical Officer at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), about COMPASS: Mind and Body Health initiative - a team-based model designed to improve the care of patients with depression and other chronic diseases. Dr. Neely will share key considerations for effectively integrating behavioral health into primary care.

    Register here

    • 15 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Webinar

    The Center for Healthy Aging’s website has a new look, as well as many new and updated resources! Join us for a guided tour of the website, highlighting best practice resources and other useful information for organizations offering chronic disease self-management education and falls prevention programs.

    Registration information coming soon.

    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Despite major advances in medical care, challenges in maternal, infant, and child health still exist in the United States. However, by putting evidence-based practices and processes into action, pregnancy outcomes and maternal, infant, and child health can be improved.

    Join us on Thursday, September 17 to learn more about evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting—and how it can improve birth outcomes and impact infant mortality.

    Register here

    • 18 Sep 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 2:45 PM
    • Iowa Laboratories Facility, Rooms 207-209
    • 32

    The Iowa Public Health Gaining Ground Coalition (IPHGCC) presents “Applying Public Health Law: In Daily Operations, with you Board of Health, and in the Accreditation Process"  This free workshop is the second of three workshops offered to Iowa’s Local Public Health Leaders and/or Accreditation Coordinator interested in higher level processes moving toward public health accreditation.  The one-day workshop including lunch is presented by The Network for Public Health Law. 

    Who should attend?  Public Health Administrators and up to two additional members of their Leadership Team.

    Workshop Prerequisites:

    • Ready to drive change for public health improvement through PHAB accreditation.
    • Planning to apply for PHAB accreditation by 2020.
    • Agency represented at the April 2015 201 session.  Committed to attend the final workshop, Feb. 2016.
    What will be covered? 

    Questions?  Contact IPHGGC Coordinator, Jill Roeder, at

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

    The NEHA Region 4 Conference is a must-attend event for every Environmental Health Professional / Sanitarian working in the Midwest. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and network with national, regional, state and local experts in Environmental Health and reconnect with friends and colleagues as you attend the numerous sessions, poster presentations, exhibits, and the evening networking event. Since Region 4 is the only NEHA Region that holds a conference, we encourage you to join us in Waterloo for this one of a kind opportunity!

    Register Here

    • 14 Oct 2015
    • Embassy Suites, Des Moines, IA
    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 here.  Registration will begin in August.

    • 15 Oct 2015
    • 16 Oct 2015
    • Seattle, WA
    Hosted by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), this is the 12th Open Forum for Quality Improvement (QI) in Public Health. 

    Click here for more information.

    • 22 Oct 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • 23 Oct 2015
    • 3:30 PM
    • Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa

    Iowa's only state-wide comprehensive cancer control conference connects health educators, health professionals, and other cancer advocates to network and exchange best practices in cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship.

    The Iowa Cancer Summit is appropriate for health educators, public health professionals, community health workers, patient advocates, primary practitioners, medical students, nurses, social workers, researchers, business leaders, multicultural leaders, legislators, policy makers, cancer survivors, and anyone else with an interest or stake in cancer control in Iowa.

    Register here

    • 28 Oct 2015
    • 7:15 AM
    • 29 Oct 2015
    • 4:15 PM
    • Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

    The Immunization Conference is designed to be of interest to a diverse field of health care professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, medical assistants, public health staff, physicians, physicians assistants, medical and nursing students, and anyone interested in learning more about immunizations.

    The conference will cover principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies, and nationally renowned speakers on immunizations and vaccine issues. 

    Click here for more information and registration.

    • 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.

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    • 17 Nov 2015
    • 18 Nov 2015
    • Hotel Winneshiek, Decorah, IA

    Working Together for a Safer Tomorrow!

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    • 19 Apr 2016
    • 20 Apr 2016
    • Veteran's Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center


    Online registrations will be available in February 2016.

    Sponsored by Iowa Public Health Association and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  

    • 23 May 2016
    • 26 May 2016
    • Iowa Events Center in Des Moines


    With a variety of educational tracks, a Vendor/Technology Hall, a juried research competition, nationally recognized speakers and more, the conference is designed for professionals, policymakers, students and subject-matter experts who are ready to start re-imagining the aging and disability network.

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