Hello IPHA members! My first six months as Board President have given me reason to reflect on the scope of my experience with IPHA. When I first became a member, I was not real familiar with all that the Association had to offer. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of the collective voice for public health. In the nearly two decades since, I have participated in many IPHA activities and committees and am proud of the work we do to support the communities in Iowa and raise awareness of the needs of a strong public health infrastructure, funding and workforce at the local and state level. As an affiliate of the American Public Health Association, we also help set policy direction at the national level. We have supported many different initiatives over the years on a variety of public health topics. All of which promote strong & healthy communities, develop healthy kids that are better prepared to learn, and contribute to the economic and social capital of Iowa.
This past year IPHA has been in transition, which makes it an exciting time to be the President of our association. We have implemented a new strategic plan that is helping guide the direction of IPHA and grow the membership. It gives us the capability to support our members through developing our workforce for the future. We will be changing the view of IPHA soon with a new logo and development of a communications and marketing plan. Watch for ways you as a member can be a part of this exciting transition.
Another big transition this year has been hiring a new Executive Director for the association. After 15 years as the Executive Director for IPHA, Jeneane Moody moved on to the next phase of her career. We will miss her as a part of the IPHA executive team but wish her well and will see her working for public health in many other ways.
I would like to welcome Lina Tucker Reinders, our new Executive Director, who joined us April 29, 2019. Lina has been working diligently with me along with Kim Novy, our Administrative Assistant, to get up to speed on the day to day needs of IPHA. Lina has been spending lots of time meeting with our partners, grantors, IPHA committees and members, to learn how IPHA can support the needs of the public health communities. Next time you’re at an event and Lina is there or you’re in the Des Moines area please stop by the IPHA office (501 SW 7th Street, Suite G, Des Moines) and get to know her. Let her know your ideas on workforce development and how IPHA can help support your needs across the state.
I am looking forward to my two-year term as your president. Don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know how I can help. We have some exciting times ahead and I want you to be a part of it.