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.
    • 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

    • 13 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    This webinar is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association. During this webinar, learn about the impact of race and racism on children’s health. Speakers will discuss the following topics: 

    -Racism as an Adverse Childhood Event and a cause of toxic stress 
    -The impact of racism on children’s health outcomes 
    -The concept of racial socialization, and its role in helping children learn to navigate race issues.

    Click here to register.

    • 13 Oct 2015
    • Webinar

    In this webinar, Binnie LeHew, MSW, LISW, with the Iowa Department of Public Health, who heads the Office of Disability, Injury and Violence Prevention, will review the incidence of falls and the relationship to brain injury.  She will look at common risk factors for falls and steps people can take to prevent them along with the resources that are available in communities.

    Click here to register.

    • 14 Oct 2015
    • Embassy Suites, Des Moines, IA

    Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland is a forum series designed to bring together health care policymakers and key decision makers to identify priorities that address health care issues of Iowans.

    This year's keynote speaker is Elizabeth Teisberg, PhD, MEng, MS Professor, The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, The Dartmouth Institute, and Community and Family Medicine, The Geisel School of Medicine; Senior Institute Associate, Harvard Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

    Click here for more information and registration.

    • 14 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    Health Evidence will be hosting a 90 minute webinar on a series of five recent reviews examining overweight and obesity prevention, treatment, and weight maintenance strategies among children, youth, and adult populations.

    Dr. Leslea Peirson, Review Coordinator, McMaster Evidence Review and Synthesis Centre, will present key messages from five reviews.

    Click here for more information and join the event.

    • 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.

    • 15 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    As many studies have shown, nutrient pollution is one of America’s costliest and most challenging water quality problems. However, many of the nation’s waste-water treatment plants (WWTPs) were not designed for nutrient removal and major retrofits may be a significant hurdle. The recent EPA draft report showcases a number of communities that were able to achieve better nutrient treatment at WWTPs through relatively low-cost modifications without requiring costly infrastructure upgrades.

    EPA is also interested in learning of additional communities’ successes and intends to update this document to help more of the nation’s WWTPs make progress towards additional nutrient reductions. Comments and additional case studies can be submitted by December 15, 2015 to The draft report is available at: Reports and Research page.

    Register here for webinar.

    • 15 Oct 2015
    • Webinar

    The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing and this focus on transformation opens exciting new opportunities to advance population health. It is increasingly clear that achieving the promise of greater community health and equity requires the knowhow, innovations and commitment of a wide range of sectors and stakeholders.  Our first webinar highlights how hospitals, public health, and key stakeholders are already working together to creatively and effectively address needs in their communities.



    Click here to register.
    • 15 Oct 2015
    • Webinar

    Regional offices of federal agencies can offer critical help and have often untapped resources. Learn about the structure and system of regional offices, how they have worked with local advocates and organizations in the past and how they plan to engage with you to work on the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.

    Click here to register.

    • 17 Oct 2015
    • 18 Oct 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • YMCA Healthy Living Center 12493 University Ave. Clive, IA 50325
    Research indicates that participation in weekly, community-based tai chi classes can reduce falls in community-dwelling older adults and suggests TCA is an effective and sustainable public health intervention for falls prevention.

    The Iowa Department on Aging, along with the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, are working together to increase the number of evidence-based falls prevention tai chi classes offered across Iowa. To do so, more certified TCA instructors are needed to provide classes throughout the state. Please consider joining us in the effort to decrease falls in Iowa and improve the overall health of our state by becoming a certified TCA instructor. 

    Click here for the workshop brochure.

    • 20 Oct 2015
    • Fleur Cinema, 4545 Fleur Drive, Des Moines

    • 20 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    “Food Waste: Current Issues and Emerging Solutions” will engage in the national and global discussion on reducing food waste. The webinar seeks to review the current issues and emerging opportunities in food waste through a discussion on quantifying and measuring waste, health, environmental, social, and economic impacts, and various contributors to waste across the entire food supply chain. The presentations will highlight opportunities for a collective cross-sector response to reduce waste.  

    Click here to register.

    • 20 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    In anticipation of the upcoming Brady and APHA National Summit, please join APHA and Dialogue4Health for an in-depth discussion about lack of funding for gun violence research. Topics being explored include:
    • What is the underlying reason for resistance to research?
    • Is it possible for researchers to be objective about their assessment and analysis of the issue?
    • How can we streamline, combine, and find sources to get better data about guns and violence?
    • How can Web Forum listeners move this conversation forward? What specific steps can they take to advocate for better research and data?
    Click here to register.

    • 20 Oct 2015
    • Webinar

    This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided.

    Click here to register.

    • 20 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    This webinar will illustrate the importance contribution of health education specialists in community and academic engagement to advance the health education profession and health care services.

    NOTE - Only the first 100 registered attendees will be able to join the live SOPHE webinar. All webinars are recorded and available in archive format on SOPHE's CORE ( for viewing at your convenience after the event. Please join the event early to participate live. Please send your questions, comments and feedback to

    Click here to register.  

    • 21 Oct 2015
    • Webinar
    Health is shaped by a wide variety of factors, including laws and policies from all levels of government. In this webinar, the Partnership for Public Health Law will examine Health in All Policies initiatives and how they have been developed and implemented.

    Click here to register.

    • 22 Oct 2015
    • 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  

    Click here for the event brochure.

    • 28 Oct 2015
    • 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.

    • 28 Oct 2015
    • Des Moines University 3200 Grand Avenue (SEC Auditorium) Des Moines, IA 50312

    “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” is a feature length in-depth documentary on the stories of struggle, tragedy and triumph surrounding this complicated and often misunderstood infection. Women are living with (and dying from) HPV related cancers every single day. These women are real. Real Mothers, Real Daughters, Real Wives, Girlfriends, Friends and Sisters. Anybody who has been sexual with even one partner is at a high risk for catching HPV. This documentary lifts the veil and reveals some of the faces of HPV and sheds light on the risks, myths, problems, politics, misconceptions and hard truths about this widespread epidemic.

    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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    • 05 Nov 2015
    • Webinar

    A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified.

    Click here to register. 

    • 10 Nov 2015
    • The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona, iowa

    If you are interested in learning more about transforming the delivery of care, preventing avoidable readmissions, quality improvement efforts, national HEN impact, and care coordination consider attending the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative 12th Annual Conference on November 10th.  The conference will be at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. The various sessions will benefit physicians, CEOs, CFOs, nurses, quality assurance professionals, infection control professionals, hospital pharmacy directors, clinical pharmacists and other healthcare personnel.

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

    Working Together for a Safer Tomorrow!

    Click here to learn more.

    • 17 Nov 2015
    • University of Iowa College of Public Health: Callaghan Auditorium, Iowa City

    Save the Date!

    • 08 Dec 2015
    • 09 Dec 2015
    • 3:30 PM
    • Online/Iowa Memorial Union - Iowa City
    Clinical Health Coach Fusion Training has emerged from the experience of training hundreds of health care professionals across the country. The goal of this training is to provide the flexibility and valuable standalone elements of the Clinical Health Coach Training Online, with an engaging onsite, Two-Day Live Intensive training that features the most highly rated elements from the flagship Clinical Health Coach Training onsite. 

    For more information, please see the event brochure.

    To register, please click here.

    • 25 Jan 2016
    • Iowa State Capitol - Rotunda, Des Moines, IA
    Registration is closed

      • 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.  Click here to learn more.

      To engage professionals, policymakers, students and subject-matter experts in a thoughtful dialogue about re-imagining the aging and disability networks for Iowa and the entire Midwest, we invite you to submit a presentation for this year's conference.

      To submit a presentationclick here.


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