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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 Apr 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 2:45 PM
    • Telligen Campus, Berwick Room, 1776 W Lakes Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266
    • 13

    The Iowa Public Health Gaining Ground Coalition (IPHGCC) presents “Leading and Championing Performance Improvement: A Workshop for Local Health Officials"  This free workshop is 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 NACCHO. 

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

    Workshop Prerequisites (available in April):

    • Ready to drive change for public health improvement through PHAB accreditation.
    • Planning to apply for PHAB accreditation by 2020.
    • Commit to attend, or send representatives to all three 201 workshops (Apr. 2015, Sep. 2015, Feb. 2016).
    • Requested prerequisite: Attend 101 workshop “Gaining Ground Together: Making Iowa PHABulous!” in March 2015 or commit to viewing the recording online prior to attending 201 workshop
    • Pre-workshop webinars(40min); this will assure shared foundation; could be viewed with the department staff
    What will be covered? 

    Questions?  Contact IPHGGC Coordinator, Jill Roeder, at

    • 05 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • webinar
    It’s not too late to join us for this webinar series! 

    The FrameWorks Institute has recently completed a multi-year, multi-method inquiry into how the American public thinks and talks about environmental health. Sponsored by APHA and generously funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this research reveals effective strategies for talking with the public about environmental health work and the impacts of our environments on public health. APHA has just released an exciting new set of communications tools and resources based on these findings. To introduce the findings’ framing strategies, we are hosting a three-part webinar series this spring, conducted by the FrameWorks Institute.

    Each of these interactive webinars will focus on a different set of framing resources and strategies. Participants will learn about the research base that supports these tools and come away with fresh tips and tools they can build into their communications right away. 
    Click here for registration.

    • 05 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will work through two empirically developed metaphors that can help environmental health professionals at all levels explain complex environmental health topics to non-experts, members of the media, and the public.

    Click here for registration.

    • 05 May 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • webinar

    To kick off our new "Rankings in Action" webinar series, we will explore Diet & Exercise data included in the Rankings. We'll discuss our Adult Obesity, Food Environment Index, Physical Inactivity, and Access To Exercise Opportunities measures and we will highlight some relevant strategies from What Works for Health. And, Joanne Lee from Active Living by Design will join us to share how communities have worked on obesity prevention in early care and education in an effort to build a Culture of Health.

    Click here for more information.

    • 06 May 2015
    • webinar

    Series of webinars focused on built environment interventions that promote community health. The series touches on a variety of topics related to planning and public health, including strategies to advance active living, healthy eating, and cross-sector and community collaborations.

    Click here for dates and registration.

    • 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


    • 14 May 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    The Iowa Rural Health Association presents “Rural Health Conversations.” The format for the Conversations will be a conference call. The speaker will use the first 30-40 minutes to share key information on the stated topic, including what is being done in Iowa and what individuals can do. The remaining 10-15 minutes of the conversations will be an interactive time which participants will be encouraged to ask questions or share experiences on the topic. Rural Health Conversations are free of charge to all participants, thanks to the generous support of the Iowa Department of Public Health Office of Rural Health.

    Through the Conversation, participants will gain knowledge about hazards due to the rural environment and suggestions about delivering an educational program to address injury prevention. 

    There is no fee to participate, but we ask that you register to receive the joining instructions.  You can register online here.  
    • 19 May 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will provide a walk-through of how to use the newly updated Public Health Improvement Resource Center, highlight key elements of the database, and discuss how you can make the Public Health Improvement Resource Center work best for your organization.

    Click here for registration.



    • 20 May 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    This webinar will explore health data management and the planning, deployment and optimization of IT infrastructure in this growing field.

    Click here to register.

    • 27 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webinar
    The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition hosts this two-part webinar series for public health agencies, health care providers, Area Agencies on Aging, Accountable Care Organizations, and fall prevention program leaders.

    Part II will explain implementation of the STEADI toolkit across the continuum and Medicare coverage for fall prevention services. It will also present how to establish partnerships for fall risk screening and referral in your community. 

    • Welcome and overview Carlene Russell, Iowa Dept. on Aging
    • Implementation of the STEADI toolkit and Medicare innovations to prevent falls Cyndi Schmidt, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
    • Establishing Partnerships for Screening and Referral in Your Community Trina Radske-Suchan, YMCA Healthy Living Center

    Click here to register.  Click here to learn more.

    • 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.

    • 08 Jun 2015
    • 12 Jun 2015
    • webina
    The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health will host Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for Rural Health Professionals, June 8-12 at the University of Iowa. The course is designed to provide the information and skills needed to enable safety and health professionals to anticipate, recognize, and prevent occupational illnesses and injuries among members of the agricultural community.The course is appropriate for safety and health managers, physicians, nurses, veterinarians, graduate students, and anyone interested in the unique safety and health needs of rural and agricultural communities. The course includes classroom instruction, farm tours, safety and rescue demonstrations, and a networking reception. Topics to be discussed include agricultural injury, pesticide exposures and associated health effects, occupational diseases of the lungs in agricultural settings, livestock production, transportation hazards, behavioral and emotional health, zoonotic disease, ergonomics, cancer among agricultural workers, and many others.

    Continuing education and academic credits are available.
    The Iowa Department of Public Health - State Office of Rural Health is providing scholarships to pay the registration fees for two Iowa healthcare providers to attend the training.

    More information available here. 

    • 11 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will examine whether family interventions can influence children and adolescents not to smoke.

    Click here to register.

    • 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.

    • 10 Jul 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA

    • 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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