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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.

    • 04 Aug 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • webinar

    The journey to improving health is unique in every community. However, these unique journeys are part of a growing movement to build a Culture of Health throughout the country. This County Health Rankings webinar will explore how communities can best share their stories and lessons learned to continue improving health locally and further strengthen a Culture of Health nationally.

    We will explore a variety of questions:

    • How do you tell the story of your community’s journey to health?
    • Why is telling your story important?
    • Who should tell your story and who is your targeted audience?

    These questions and their answers will be illustrated by a community that has harnessed the power of storytelling to advance health improvement efforts in profound ways. Wade Norwood and Dina Faticone will talk with us about how the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative in Rochester, NY, leverages data, partners, social marketing, and community engagement to tell a compelling narrative. They will also discuss the role of storytelling in advocacy and policy change as they work to ensure that the healthy choice is an accessible choice for every community member.

    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.

    • 06 Aug 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Walking is more than basic transportation and recreation; it is the key to health, longevity and affordable living. If we want more equitable communities–accessible–then walking must become a natural activity again. In this session, Dan Burden, one of the early pioneers in North America’s walkability movement–coining the terms ‘road diets,’ ‘walking audits,’ ‘photomorphs’ and inspiring Complete Streets conversions–will address the link and bond between walking and health.

    Register Here

    • 06 Aug 2015
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar

    Integrating physical and mental health services requires that personal health information is shared appropriately across various settings in order to promote care coordination and better outcomes.

    This webinar will provide a brief overview by Karla Lopez from the Legal Action Center of the federal statutory framework, specifically in the context of integrating physical and behavioral health care. 

    Register Here

    • 14 Aug 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    It takes teamwork to create social change and you need a diverse team with common goals. For walkable community initiatives, the team often starts with advocates for health, advocates for children and people with disabilities, and advocates for social equity. It is also essential to recruit local government officials to the team - especially, traffic engineers, town planners, and elected policy makers. Join councilwoman Elaine Clegg, planner Roger Millar, and engineer Gary Toth to learn how best to engage each of these critical stakeholder groups in your community.

    Register Here

    • 15 Aug 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Iowa State Fairgrounds

    Please join PBH Co-chairs Dr. Andy McGuire and Christopher Atchison at the Iowa State Fair (West Grand Exhibit Area) for a presentation on What Science Can Do. 

     Representatives from Mercy Hospitals, AstraZeneca and University of Iowa will be discussing the role science plays in Prevention, Intervention and Innovation. 

    Free fair admission to first 100 PBH advocates.  RSVP by August 1st to or by calling 515.471.1954. 

    • 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. 

    This conference is targeted for care coordination teams, hospitals, managed care companies, state public health officials, healthcare providers, community-based and long term support providers.

    The morning sessions will introduce the SIM project and underscore the cooperative nature of this project across the healthcare stakeholder communities of provider, payer and public health.  During the afternoon sessions you will hear more detailed pubic presentations of the statewide strategies promoted in the SIM project.  The conference will close with “The Undiscovered Country” where the importance of and efforts to advance Care Coordination across the Community, Patient and Family Engagement and Social Determinants of Health will be discussed.

    Admission to the conference is free. Click here to register!

    More information can be found online or download the printable agenda. 

    • 20 Aug 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • webinar

    Many in public health see telehealth services — such as doctor-patient video-conferencing — as a game-changer for health care. Telehealth can improve access to health services for patients in rural areas, reduce health care costs, and ensure disease control surveillance through video directly observed therapy (VDOT) and other methods. Experts predict telehealth video visits will soar from 19.7 million in 2014 to 158.4 million annually in 2020. This webinar will examine how telehealth can improve access to health care for rural communities, the use of telehealth in schools, the use of VDOT for the treatment of tuberculosis, and the laws currently regulating telehealth practices in each state.

    Click here to register.

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

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    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • webinar
    Learn about applying for the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

    Click here  to register.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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