IPHA 2018 Legislative Forum
On 12.06.18, IPHA hosted its annual Legislative Forum at the Iowa Laboratories Facility in Ankeny.
The room was near capacity with great attendance and robust engagement by IPHA members and partners. IPHA Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Julie McMahon opened the meeting and IPHA President-Elect, Sherri Marine, welcomed participants and celebrated the year-round efforts of the IPHA Advocacy.
Members and partners then shared their respective legislative priorities for the 2019 session during an open mic forum facilitated by Coralville Mayor John Lundell (past IPHA board member).
Threase Harms (Advocacy Strategies) gave an overview of the incoming legislature with updates on elections, chamber leadership and committees and projections on key issues likely to be taken up by the General Assembly.
Presentations and Q&A with two panels followed. Dr. Tami Swenson (Des Moines University) moderated the executive branch panel comprised of directors, legislative liaisons or other representatives as follows:
- Amy McCoy, Iowa Department of Public Health
- Director Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa Department of Human Services
- Dr. Michael Pentella, State Hygienic Laboratory
- Jeremy-Johnson Miller and Mindi Nguyen, Iowa Department of Transportation
The forum concluded with the ever-popular legislator panel moderated by Jim Obradovich (The Capitol Group). Participating legislators were:
- Representative Lisa Heddens
- Representative-Elect Heather Matson
- Senator Joe Bolkcom
- Senator Mark Costello
A wide range of public health issues were raised throughout the forum included; however, the topics of public health funding, mental health, oral health, privatization of Medicaid, water quality, health data and tobacco tax were most salient.
Thanks to all the members, partners, volunteers and presenters who invested their time and travel to make this event a success.