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Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2014
    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 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.
    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • webinar
    This presentation is for public health practitioners and methodology developers interested in using statistical methods to combine evidence from multiple data sources for increased sensitivity to disease outbreaks.

    Register here.

    • 11 Nov 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Shambaugh Auditorium University of Iowa Main Library


    Featuring keynote speaker:
    Dr. Robert (Randy) Petzel - Former Undersecretary for Health, Dept of Veterans Affairs
    The panel will consist of:
    • Gary Marquardt - Immediate Past State Commander and Legislative Liaison, Veteran's Service Organization
    • Dr. Peter Kaboli - Medical Director, Iowa City VA
    • Allen Roberts - Director, UI Military and Veteran's Educational Specialist
    • LTC Joseph Albrecht - Active duty officer and Commander, UI Army ROTC

    For those unable to attend in person, we will also stream the event live at The entire video will be posted on our website after the event.

    This event is being held in conjunction with Hancher Auditorium's Worth Fighting For series, and is free and open to the public.



    • 12 Nov 2014
    • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • webinar
    The American Lung Association can provide a comprehensive toolkit that will walk you step-by-step through the process, FREE onsite tobacco cessation classes for your employees, and free signage for your worksite.  


    Advance registration is required. RSVP Here
    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Greater Des Moines Botanical Center and Gardens

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will highlight technologies designed to improve glycemic control and improve the health of persons with diabetes.

    Register here.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • webinar
    This interactive webinar will consider legal and ethical issues that health care facilities and providers may face when they engage in unsafe health care practices.

    Click here for registration.

    • 15 Nov 2014
    • 19 Nov 2014
    • New Orleans, LA

    The meeting will address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.


    Click here for more information.

    • 18 Nov 2014
    • webinar

    The most sustainable change to a food retail environment may be through policy change. This webinar will define policy terms, outline food retail policy options, and highlight examples of areas that have enacted healthy retail policy.

    Click here for more information.

    • 19 Nov 2014
    • 20 Nov 2014
    • FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines Area Community College Campus, Ankeny, Iowa

    Research, outreach and education, clinical practice and policy perspectives all influence the health and safety of our rural residents and farm families. All are undergoing transformational changes. To better respond to these changes, the Iowa Rural Health Association (IRHA) and the Agricultural Safety and Health Centers at The University of Iowa are joining forces to host this two-day conference that will serve as both the IHRA’s Fall Meeting and the 13th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) conference. Our goal is to strengthen collaboration among rural and agricultural health partners as we explore ways to keep our people safe and healthy in an era of major policy change.

    November 19: Broad view of transformations underway, breakout sessions, poster reception
    November 20: Implications for the Midwest, promising practices, celebrate National Rural Health Day

    Intended audience
    Health planners and administrators; health care providers; agricultural safety and health, occupational/environmental health professionals; educators; insurers; agricultural engineers; farm group representatives; farmers; employers of migrant farm workers; media; policy makers


    Click here for more information.

    • 20 Nov 2014
    • Embassy Suites Des Moines Iowa

    The University of Iowa is pleased to announce the seventh in a series of forums that support Iowa's policymakers in their efforts to improve the health care of all Iowans.  Join your colleagues at the Embassy Suites, Des Moines, for this non-partisan discussion focused on the promise of health care innovation, emerging models, health plans and their markets, and population health tools and strategies.

    Registration and program information for this forum are available at

    Keynote speaker:
    Barbara A. DeBuono, MD, MPH
    Vice President, Market Development, 3M Health Information Systems

    The University of Iowa, led by its Health Sciences Policy Council, 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.

    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Shari Heick in advance at (319) 335-4455.

    • 24 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    The Kentucky Health Department Association has long supported public health accreditation and quality improvement. As part of a strategic planning retreat in 2010, the Accreditation Coordinators Workgroup was established. Since then, the Workgroup has met regularly to provide support, training and other communication to Kentucky health departments. With help from the Workgroup, six Kentucky health departments have achieved PHAB accreditation status and several more departments are in the process.

    Webinar participants will find out more about what low-resource, shared responsibility activities and efforts the Workgroup took to support each other. Join members of the Accreditation Coordinators Workgroup Alan Kalos from the Northern Kentucky Health Department and April Harris from Three Rivers District Health Department.

    Register here as space is limited- it's open beyond just members of Gaining Ground. The first 250 participants will be able to join the live webinar. This webinar will be recorded and made available at

    • 16 Dec 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will describe current issues in patient safety, provide a legal landscape of state laws related to patient safety, and will highlight the impact of this issue on the practice of public health and health care law.

    Click here for registration

    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 18 Jun 2015
    • Washington

    Please save the date!

    Building on the success of the first two national HIA meetings, the 2015 conference is designed to appeal to anyone interested in learning more about HIAs and advancing the field, especially decision-makers and program leaders from multiple sectors and at all levels of government. The audience will include current HIA practitioners; public health, planning, and health policy professionals; community-based organizations; advocacy groups; researchers; academicians and students; elected officials and their staffs; and decision-makers from non-health agencies who might use or rely on the results of an HIA, such as in planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, energy, environment, and education. Meeting objectives include:

    Introducing public health professionals and others to the appropriate applications, methods, opportunities, and challenges involved in conducting an HIA.
    Providing a forum for HIA practitioners to showcase their work through roundtables and oral and poster presentations, as well as to learn from each other and experts in related disciplines.
    Showing decision-makers and program leaders the practical aspects of implementing HIAs in a range of policy settings.
    Visit, where information will be posted as it becomes available, including details on the call for abstracts and scholarship applications. Meeting registration will open in early fall 2014.

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