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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.

    • 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


    • 03 Jun 2015
    • The Meadows Events and Conference Center 1 Prairie Meadows Altoona, IA

    Join us June 3 as health care professionals from across the care continuum come together to drive partnerships and collaboration, learning  about current transitions of care topics prevalent in today's health care environment.

    Keynote speaker Jennifer Page, the inspirational and entertaining mother of Mini Darth Vader, will describe her family’s journey through the health care system. Her son, best known for his role as Darth Vader in the Volkswagen Super Bowl ad, was born with a congenital heart defect necessitating eight major surgeries before age eight. Her transformative health care journey has been heartfelt, eye opening and sometimes harrowing. Jennifer will share her many experiences to help participants better understand, identify and address many of the major challenges facing health care consumers today.

    Clement (“Clem”) Bezold, PhD, Chairman and Senior Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) will present a keynote presentation on “The Social Determinants of Health in the Futures of Primary Care and Public Health.” Trained as a political scientist, Clem Bezold has been a major developer of foresight techniques, including IAF’s unique “aspirational futures” approach, which uses scenarios to help clients not only to better understand what might happen but to create the future they prefer, their vision.

    The morning sessions will be followed by breakout tracks covering Community Team-Based Care,Data in Action and Patient and Family Engagement.

    Register here.

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Webinar or Univ. of Iowa CPH // 145 N. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA

    Webinar or Univ. of Iowa CPH // 145 N. Riverside Dr., Iowa City, IA - N120 CPHB Ellig Classroom

    Click here to log in for the webinar.

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar

    Cognitive Aging Report CoverJoin us for a webinar on Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action, which was recently released by the Institute of Medicine. Members of the IOM committee will provide an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations as well as implications for state and local public health. Please register online

    The IOM report examines the public health implications of “cognitive aging,” the gradual and variable changes in mental functions that occur with age. It concludes that three key behaviors – being physically active, managing certain cardiovascular risk factors, and regularly talking with a health care provider about issues that might affect cognitive health, including medications – can reduce the risk of cognitive decline, protect cognitive functioning, and promote healthy aging in older adults. 

    Dr. Kristine Yaffe – Vice Chair of the Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging – will review the report’s findings and recommendations. Committee member Dr. Jason Karlawish will discuss the public health implications.

    Register here.

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    Tobacco retailer licensing has emerged as one of the most effective and versatile regulatory schemes to reduce youth access and exposure to tobacco products and marketing in the retail environment.  This webinar will discuss the steps necessary to create and implement an effective tobacco retailer licensing policy. 

    ChangeLab Solutions will introduce a new tool to help local health departments and tobacco control professionals along the path to licensing, the Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook.  Guest speakers from communities with successful tobacco retailer licensing programs will discuss their approach to craft, enact, and enforce an effective policy.

    Click here to register.

    • 04 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will provide an overview of the first cycle of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and Implementation Strategies (IS) completed by North Carolina nonprofit hospitals as required by the Affordable Care Act. This project was conducted in partnership with the NC Community Health Improvement Collaborative (NC-CHIC), working to identify best practices and models for improving Affordable Care Act implementation including conducting collaborative CHNAs among local public health agencies, hospitals, and other community stakeholders.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand best practices in developing Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Strategies aligned with North Carolina nonprofit hospitals and local public health departments
    • Identify collaborative approaches and recommendations for improving community health
    • Describe the North Carolina Community Health Improvement Collaborative and current initiatives using shared strategies among hospitals, health departments, and community partners
    • Karen Wade, MSPH, UNC GillingsSchool of Global Public Health
    • Gene Matthews, JD, Network for Public Health Law -Southeastern Region, UNC GillingsSchool of Global Public Health
    • Jeff Spade, FACHE, NC Hospital Association, NC Center for Rural Health

    This webinar is presented by the North Carolina Hospital Association, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, and the Network for Public Health Law.

    Click here to register.

    • 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. 

    • 09 Jun 2015
    • Unity Point Virginia Thompson Auditorium, Woodland Ave, Des Moines, Ia
    Thank you to Blank Children's Hospital Center for Advocacy and Outreach and Iowa Cancer Consortium for making this event possible.

    Register here.

    • 09 Jun 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    The next webinar in our "Action" series focuses on income data included in the Rankings as well as some of the policies and programs from What Works for Health that communities can use to address income. We will also talk with Nicole Keenan, former Policy Director for Puget Sound SAGE, who was part of the successful campaign to raise Seattle's minimum wage to $15/hour.

    Click here to register.

    • 10 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    Decreasing sodium intake of the population is a priority of the Million Hearts® Initiative. This webinar will present the public health rationale for reducing population sodium intake and address recent research that has called sodium recommendations into question. The aim is to help professionals make sense of the sodium science, clarify confusion about guidelines regarding salt and health, and provide a state and local example of successful implementation of sodium reduction guidelines.

    Click here to register.

    • 11 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    The Iowa Rural Health Association presents “Rural Health Conversations.” 

    Kate Walton, Director of State Government Relations and Physician Advocacy, UnityPoint Health and

    Eric Tempelis, Director of Government Relations, Gundersen Health System

    The format for the Conversations will be a conference call. The speakers, 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.

    Click here to register.

    • 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.

    • 15 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    Listen to the leading Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. The MSA is an historic accord between cigarette companies and 46 states, reached as a result of litigation seeking compensation for the states' healthcare costs related to effects of smoking.  Along with four individual state settlements, the MSA imposes stringent advertising and marketing restrictions on cigarette promotion and has resulted in the cigarette companies paying over $100 billion  to the states. Because the promotional restrictions and payment system continue in perpetuity, the MSA is a critical foundation of tobacco control.


    The webinar will feature attorneys from the National Association of Attorneys General Tobacco Center: Michael Hering, Director and Chief Counsel; Bill Lieblich, Deputy Chief Counsel - Public Health; Tamara Schlinger, Counsel.

    Register here.

    • 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.

    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 19 Jun 2015
    • Holiday Inn Des Moines – Airport/Conference Center 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321

    A New Era: The Future Is Now

    Click here to download the conference brochure.

    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar
    Why do we care about walking, and why do we put so much effort into campaigning for walkable communities? In our first Walking College Webinar, we take an introspective look at the walking movement with the help of two of its most accomplished practitioners.  Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, will discuss the human, psychosocial practice of walking and give examples from the increasing popular vogue of walking groups, clubs, and programs.  Then, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego will present "The Ecology of Walking" - an exploration of  the interrelationships between walking, health, the environment, and the economy; and a chronology of the fall and rise of walking as transportation over the last 100 years.

    Click here to register.

    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar
    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
    • Johnson Co. Health & Human Services Bldg, Rooms 203B & 203C, 855 S Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA

    With 74% of online adults using social networking sites, it is impossible to deny that social media has become one of the fastest and most accessible ways to share and receive information. This presents an opportunity for public health departments, nonprofit and community health organizations, and advocacy groups to use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to engage quickly and effectively with targeted audiences.

    The Iowa Health & Social Media Conference will provide public health and other health professionals with tools, resources, and hands-on support to use social media and technology to get their messages heard by the right Iowans. 

    Click here to register and to learn more.

    • 23 Jun 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar
    After delving into the foundations of the walking movement, the Walking College Webinar Series gets into the nuts and bolts of walkable communities with the acknowledged expert in this area.  Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable communities that support healthy, affordable lifestyles. Along with Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones' Built Environment Manager, Dan will teach us all to see through his eyes, as he surveys a desolate and abandoned downtown district, and visualizes its transformation into a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction - welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions.

    Click here to register.

    • 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

    • 15 Jul 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar
    With an understanding of the physical components of a walkable community, the next step is to redesign and rebuild our streets and public places - and that means engaging in the public policy process and working with the business establishment.  No-one knows more about "changing the system" than celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton, who recently authored a Practice Guide for the Every Body Walk! Collaborative titled, Making Walking Routine: Building Walkability Through Policies and Market Forces.  Join Mark as he describes the most effective and achievable strategies for modifying both public- and private-sector procedures so they lead inevitably to walkable communities.

    Click here to register.

    • 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

    The Iowa Environmental Health Association (IEHA) offers Environmental Health Professionals an opportunity to present environmental health information at the 2015 NEHA Region 4 Conference in Waterloo Oct. 7- 8. Abstracts are invited and may cover a variety of environmental health topics, latest advancements, unique responses to environmental health problems or issues that impact environmental health professionals. 

    The abstract deadline has been extended and will be accepted through July 1, 2015. This is an excellent venue for showcasing outstanding environmental health programs and practices.

    Please submit your abstract(s) by July 1, 2015Click here  to access the abstract submission guidelines and submission form.

    • 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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