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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


    • 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.

    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Join the Iowa Public Health Association this topical webinar.

    Between December 2014 and June 2015 there was an unprecedented outbreak of high pathogenic avian influenza in the U.S. Iowa was the hardest hit state with 31.5 million poultry on 77 sites infected and destroyed. The outbreak came under control with a great effort by the industry and state and federal officials, aided by the arrival of warm weather. 

    In this webinar, IPHA member, Dr. James Roth will cover: 
    • Understanding key properties of influenza viruses 
    • How did the H5N2 virus get to Iowa? 
    • Characteristics of and response to the current outbreak 
    • Preparedness for a potential return of the virus during the next flu season 

    Register now!

    Jim Roth is a Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. He received the DVM (1975) and PhD (1981) degrees from ISU. He is the Director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health. Dr. Roth’s primary area of research expertise is immunity to infectious diseases of food producing animals. Dr. Roth received the Public Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the USDA APHIS Administrator’s award for lifetime achievements in animal health. He has testified before Congress on biosecurity preparedness and efforts to address bioterrorism and agroterrorism. Dr. Roth served on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity since its inception in 2005 until 2014.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar
    The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell is a big one for the Affordable Care Act. So where do we go from here?  In this webinar, APHA will highlight the public health implications of the decision and discuss the work necessary for the ACA to fulfill its promise of affordable care for all.

    Sara Rosenbaum, JD,
    Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, Department of Health Policy and Management

    Jane Perkins, JD,
    Legal Director, National Health Law Program

    Don Hoppert,
    Director, Government Relations, American Public Health Association

    Click here to register.

    • 08 Jul 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    While states work to develop strategies to promote statewide multi-payer initiatives, many organizations within the states have simultaneously launched their own payment reform programs and initiatives. As states develop new initiatives, they must consider the role of ongoing efforts in new strategies as a means to promote payer alignment and avoid provider confusion and burden resulting from misaligned programs.

    This webinar, will examine how an existing private medical home program in Michigan was leveraged to develop a statewide medical home initiative. Chris Koller will provide an overview of common approaches states have taken to engage multiple payers in reform efforts. Speakers from both Michigan state and Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) will discuss Michigan’s approach to utilizing partnerships and ongoing work of BCBS in the state to develop its patient-centered medical home initiative.

    This webinar is supported by Kaiser Permanente.

    Speakers (room permitting):

    • Chris Koller, President, Milbank Memorial Fund
    • Sue Moran, MiPCT Co-Director, Senior Deputy Director, Public Health Administration, Michigan Department of Community Health
    • Tom Simmer, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan
    • Neva Kaye, Managing Director, NASHP (Moderator)

    Click here to register.

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

    Join the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition for its first annual symposium – Iowa Stands Up to Prevent Falls – and help us work toward developing a system that screens older Iowans for fall risks and makes referrals to appropriate evidence-based falls prevention programs that have been proven to make a significant impact on reducing falls and fall-related injuries.

    Click here to learn more.  Early bird registration until 7.01.15.

    Participants will receive a complimentary CDC STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) toolkit.  CEUs available.

    • 14 Jul 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • webinar
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, in collaboration with the Culinary Institute of America, are pleased to announce the fifth in a series of Web Forums focusing on working with large food service providers and independent restaurants to improve nutrition and reduce sodium.

    Click here to register.

    • 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.

    • 18 Aug 2015
    • The Meadows Events & Conference Center, Altoona, IA

    The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative will be hosting a conference on the State Innovation Model (SIM) on Tuesday, August 18 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, IA.  The conference will introduce the SIM project to health professionals from across the care continuum.  The conference will underscore the cooperative nature of the SIM project across the healthcare stakeholder communities of provider, payer, and public health.  Detailed public presentations of the statewide strategies promoted in the SIM project will be explored, as well as the importance to advance care coordination across the community, patient and family engagement and social determinants of health. 


    The SIM Conference is FREE of cost to attend.  Registration details will be available soon.  For more details, please contact Nancy Thompson.  

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

    Click here for more information.

    • 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.

    For additional information, please contact Jaci Miller, IEHA Executive Director at

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    Working Together for a Safer Tomorrow!

    Click here to learn more.

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