IPHA President’s Column
By: Beth Jones
Recently, three IPHA leaders, Jeneane Moody, executive director; Rachel Schramm IPHA’s Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council; and I had the opportunity to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) national meeting titled “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now”. Through several days of meetings, we had the opportunity to broaden our public health knowledge and learn from experts across the country.
Because IPHA is an affiliate of APHA, we work hard to align strategies and initiatives. One of those initiatives is through our advocacy committee work and alignment with APHA’s “Speak for Health” campaign. Speak for Health is how APHA stands up for public health interests in Washington DC and gives us a platform to align our voices across the nation. As Iowa’s legislative session is on the horizon, we can also use these messages and opportunities to advocate our public health priorities at the state capitol, but our voices are just as critical to federal policy as they are in Iowa. With new members of congress now elected, we have a unique opportunity to start early to build relationships and lend our expertise.
How can you get involved?
While I was at APHA, I took the chance to add my message to the Speak for Health wall, and hope you will all join me in speaking up!