Iowa Public Health Association 

Planning Healthy Iowa Communities 2018 Essay Contest

13 Sep 2018 4:55 PM | Anonymous member

By: John Peterson 

Planning Healthy Iowa Communities (PHIC) is a collaborative effort of the Iowa Public Health Association and the American Planning Association Iowa Chapter to improve community health by expanding physical activity, encouraging better nutrition, enhancing the natural environment and creating a thoughtful built environment.

PHIC has an opportunity to extend a $500 stipend to an individual who is a member of the Iowa Public Health Association and/or the Iowa Environmental Health Association and submits the winning essay. That stipend is required to be used for the winning individual’s attendance at the 2018 American Planning Association Iowa Chapter Annual Conference October 17-19, 2018 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In our effort to expand cross-collaboration between planners and public health professionals an essay contest has been established and funded for each of the next five years.

Review the rules and application information for the essay contest here. The essay is required to be 500-700 words on the topic: “Connecting Public Health and Community Planning”. Essays will be judged by a three-person panel with representatives from APA IA, IPHA and IEHA. The submittal deadline is September 24th. The winner will be notified on October 1st. Early registration for the Conference ends October 10th; additional Conference information may be found at

Questions or comments? Contact John Peterson or 515.401.0485.

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