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Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2015
    • 31 Dec 2015
    • 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.
    • 12 Jan 2015
    • 01 Oct 2015
    • multiple locations

    The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Training teaches how to take action steps toward a healthier community

    Click here for more information and registration information.

    • 21 Apr 2015
    • webinar
    Training on Smoking Cessation for Pregnant Women: Adopting SCRIPT in Your Organization Training
    April 21, 2015, Portland, OR. Workshop on SCRIPT, the Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment program. Register for to learn more about adopting this award winning, AHRQ-approved, evidence-based program in your organization

    Click here for registration.

    • 21 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • webinar

    Program faculty will discuss challenges public health practitioners face in the fight against obesity, the power lifestyle holds in determining our health status, and ideas that have demonstrated positive results.

    Check here for all the details.

    • 21 Apr 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will focus on the creation of a living national emergency preparedness training plan on TRAIN, where included trainings will be updated consistently to reflect changes in the preparedness landscape.

    Click here for more information.

    • 21 Apr 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • webinar

    This cyber-seminar will examine two worksite wellness initiatives that have implemented effective and innovative policy, systems, and environmental changes.

    Register here.
    • 22 Apr 2015
    • The University of Iowa College Of Public Health, Iowa City Iowa

    A national health policy conference to identify economic incentives and new models to promote health, minimize costs, and improve quality.  

    Click here for more information and registration.

    • 22 Apr 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webinar
    The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition hosts this two-part webinar series for public health agencies, health care providers, Area Agencies on Aging, Accountable Care Organizations and fall prevention program leaders.

    Part I will present current Iowa data on falls and present opportunities for local public health agencies and partners to prevent falls at a community level through evidence-based fall prevention programs. 

    • Welcome and overview Carlene Russell, Iowa Dept. on Aging
    • Overview of falls in Iowa Binnie LeHew, Iowa Dept. of Public Health
    • Addressing Falls through CHNA/HIP process and local collaborative efforts Julie Towne, Carroll County Public Health
    • Overview of evidence-based fall prevention programs Mark Hanson, Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
    • Modifying fall prevention programs for adults with disabilities - Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa

    Click here to register.  Click here to learn more.

    • 23 Apr 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • webinar

    America Walks is excited to announce the next free webinar in its second series of 2015, "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper - And Healthier."  This webinar is part of the "Take Action at the Local Level" webinar series that calls upon individuals to build community and institutional support for walkable design.

    Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces with Jennifer Smith from Greater Kennedy Plaza, will present health-promoting ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians, and farmers’ market stands.
    After the webinar, participants will be ready to create great public places that attract people and provide many ways to get healthy.

    Register here. 
    • 27 Apr 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • University of Iowa College of Public Health Building
    You're Invited | HPV & Cancer Conference

    University of Iowa - College of Public Health Building
    145 N. Riverside Dr.
    100 College of Public Health Bldg.
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242

    The President's Cancer Panel Annual Report 2012-2013 entitled, "Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer" finds underuse of HPV vaccines is a serious but correctable threat to progress against cancer. In Iowa, an estimated 1 in 4 females and 1 in 10 males age 13-15 have received all three doses of HPV vaccine. Join us to discuss key components of the President's Cancer Panel report, engage with new partners, and learn what role your organization can play in statewide efforts to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine.

    Keynote Address:

    Robin Vanderpool, Dr.PH, CHES

    Deputy Director, University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center

    Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, University of Kentucky

    and presentations on the following topics: HPV & Associated Cancer Rates in Iowa; Supporting Local Health Departments to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates; Reducing Missed Clinical Opportunities in Northern Iowa; Increasing HPV Acceptance in Linn County; HPV Recommendations & Ways to Reach Individuals age 18-26; HPV Associated Head and Neck Cancers and more to come!

    Conference Objectives:

    1.       Discuss the key components of the President's Cancer Panel report on HPV including reducing missed clinical opportunities, increase vaccination acceptance, and maximize access as related to reducing the burden of HPV associated cancers in Iowa.

    2.       Engage new and existing partners to share best-practices related to HPV community and clinical outreach.

    3.       Identify a role participants may play in statewide efforts to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine.


    Registration for this event is free. Please RSVP by April 17th, 2015

    • 30 Apr 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 2:45 PM
    • Telligen Campus, Telligen Room, 1776 W Lakes Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266
    • 25

    The Iowa Public Health Gaining Ground Coalition (IPHGCC) presents “Leading and Championing Performance Improvement: A Workshop for Local Health Officials"  This free workshop is offered to Iowa’s Local Public Health Leaders and/or Accreditation Coordinator interested in higher level processes moving toward public health accreditation.  The one-day workshop including lunch is presented by NACCHO. 

    Who should attend?  Public Health Administrators and up to two additional members of their Leadership Team.

    Workshop Prerequisites (available in April):

    • Ready to drive change for public health improvement through PHAB accreditation.
    • Planning to apply for PHAB accreditation by 2020.
    • Commit to attend, or send representatives to all three 201 workshops (Apr. 2015, Sep. 2015, Feb. 2016).
    • Requested prerequisite: Attend 101 workshop “Gaining Ground Together: Making Iowa PHABulous!” in March 2015 or commit to viewing the recording online prior to attending 201 workshop
    • Pre-workshop webinar (40 minutes); this will assure shared foundation; could be viewed with the department staff.
    What will be covered? 

    Questions?  Contact IPHGGC Coordinator, Jill Roeder, at

    • 05 May 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • webinar
    It’s not too late to join us for this webinar series! 

    The FrameWorks Institute has recently completed a multi-year, multi-method inquiry into how the American public thinks and talks about environmental health. Sponsored by APHA and generously funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this research reveals effective strategies for talking with the public about environmental health work and the impacts of our environments on public health. APHA has just released an exciting new set of communications tools and resources based on these findings. To introduce the findings’ framing strategies, we are hosting a three-part webinar series this spring, conducted by the FrameWorks Institute.

    Each of these interactive webinars will focus on a different set of framing resources and strategies. Participants will learn about the research base that supports these tools and come away with fresh tips and tools they can build into their communications right away. 
    Click here for registration.

    • 06 May 2015
    • webinar

    Series of webinars focused on built environment interventions that promote community health. The series touches on a variety of topics related to planning and public health, including strategies to advance active living, healthy eating, and cross-sector and community collaborations.

    Click here for dates and registration.

    • 10 May 2015
    • 13 May 2015
    • Park City Marriott, Park City, Utah
    Public Health and Disasters is a multidisciplinary national conference that brings together professionals from a variety of disciplines including academia, research, medical practice, and emergency response, as well as policy-makers from public health, community disaster preparedness, social science, government, media, and non-governmental organizations. Presentation topics include funding, collaboration, safety training, and working as a first responder. Plenary and breakout sessions will be hosted by professionals from California, Georgia, Utah, Washington, Brazil, and other locations.

    Registration is available here.

    • 13 May 2015
    • 14 May 2015
    • webinar

    Tracking Matters in Chronic Disease 

    This virtual conference will serve as a platform to raise awareness and inform state health department chronic disease directors and appropriate staff of the value and usage of National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.


    Conference Goals:

    • To increase awareness and knowledge about the role of environmental hazards in asthma and other chronic diseases and to highlight the utility of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in addressing these public health issues
    • To promote collaboration between public health leaders, subject matter experts and practitioners at state health departments across the US and US territories
    • To provide a forum for public health leaders, subject matter experts and public health practitioners at state health departments to share best practices and lessons learned

    Conference Objectives:

    At the end of the conference participants will be able to:

    1) Describe how Tracking Program resources can be used to help prevent and control chronic diseases

    2) Discuss the successes of tracking programs in improving public health 

    3) Support an integrated approach to chronic disease prevention and control

    3) Outline ways NACDD supports the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

    Click here to register.



    • 14 May 2015
    • 09 Jul 2015
    • webinar

    The Iowa Rural Health Association brings attention to issues that affect rural health and helps address those issues by providing educational opportunities, facilitating information sharing, and engaging in advocacy activities.  


    The IRHA distributed a survey to members and stakeholders.  After assessing the survey, we are ready to do some new things!

    The IRHA introduces  "Iowa Rural Health Conversations - IRHA Summer Series"

    The conversations will be via conference call.  The format is: Speaker/s give 40 minutes of key information on a specific topic, including what is being done in Iowa and what can be done by individuals on the call. Then, to make the call interactive, there will be a 10-15 questions and comment session. The topics selected are those that ranked highest in the survey.  All conference calls are scheduled the second Thursday of the month 12 noon to 1 pm.

    "Iowa Rural Health Conversations - IRHA Summer Series"
    Farm-related childhood injury prevention - Keeping children and youth safe
    Date: May 14

    Rural Health Policy Update - What is new in the nation and Iowa
    Date: June 11

    Environmental Health - Focus on Water
    Date: July 9

    We are excited to begin the Iowa Rural Health Conversations and hope you will save the dates on your calendar.  Additional information will be distributed 2 weeks before and will be posted at


    • 19 May 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • webinar

    This webinar will provide a walk-through of how to use the newly updated Public Health Improvement Resource Center, highlight key elements of the database, and discuss how you can make the Public Health Improvement Resource Center work best for your organization.

    Click here for registration.



    • 27 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Webinar
    The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition hosts this two-part webinar series for public health agencies, health care providers, Area Agencies on Aging, Accountable Care Organizations, and fall prevention program leaders.

    Part II will explain implementation of the STEADI toolkit across the continuum and Medicare coverage for fall prevention services. It will also present how to establish partnerships for fall risk screening and referral in your community. 

    • Welcome and overview Carlene Russell, Iowa Dept. on Aging
    • Implementation of the STEADI toolkit and Medicare innovations to prevent falls Cyndi Schmidt, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
    • Establishing Partnerships for Screening and Referral in Your Community Trina Radske-Suchan, YMCA Healthy Living Center

    Click here to register.  Click here to learn more.

    • 05 Jun 2015
    • Sheraton, Iowa City Iowa
    The goal of the conference is to educate Iowa’s health care providers about the importance of providing culturally responsive and competent care to improve access to quality health care and reduce health disparities.


    Click here for more information.

    • 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.

    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 09 Jul 2015
    • Kansas City Missouri

    The conference offers valuable access to public health leaders from across the country. Local health departments play a critical role in providing community support for both global health concerns and traditional core public health functions.

    Register here.

    • 10 Jul 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, IA

    • 05 Aug 2015
    • 07 Aug 2015
    • The Brown Hotel 335 W Broadway Louisville Kentucky, 40202

    National Association of Local Boards of Health announces that their annual conference has been set and there will be more information to be announced soon! 

    Please click here to follow our exciting announcements! 

    • 05 Aug 2015
    • 07 Aug 2015
    • The Brown Hotel 335 West Broadway Louisville, Kentucky 40202 United States

    Don't miss this opportunity to join us at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY to network with NALBOH Members. This year's conference will focus on the six functions of public health governance.

    Register here.

    • 07 Oct 2015
    • 08 Oct 2015
    • Sullivan Brother's Convention Center Waterloo, Iowa


    Hosted by the Iowa Environmental Health Association

    • 31 Oct 2015
    • 04 Nov 2015
    • Chicago Illinois

    Meeting where public health professionals convene, learn, network, and engage with peers.  The there of the 2015 meeting is Health is all Policies.

    Click here for more information.

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