Trainings and Workshops

Conferences, Trainings & Workshops

Iowa Public Health Association hosts a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow as a public health professional throughout the year. Conferences, trainings and workshops are generally open to anyone unless otherwise indicated. Because events take time, energy, and resources to produce and implement there is sometimes a cost to attend. IPHA members almost always receive discounted registration as a benefit of membership.

Find additional upcoming trainings and other professional development opportunities on IPHA’s full event calendar.

*Please note IPHA will continue to follow CDC’s public health guidance about non-essential in person gatherings and meetings related to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.


Social Media Community of Practice

The IPHA Social Media Community of Practice (SM COP) is dedicated to increasing the capacity of agencies and organizations working in a variety of public health areas. The SM COP facilitators send out bi-monthly message sets and information, host a monthly virtual meeting, plan additional training and networking opportunities, and conduct various other activities to support social-media and more general outreach work. COP activities are catered to the specific needs of public health professionals like public information officer (PIO), social media manager, communication managers, and health educators.

The SM COP also occasionally supports scholarships for external conferences and mini-grants for innovative social media work.

Congratulations to our 2022 Mini-Grant and Scholarship Recipients:

  • Scott County Public Health
  • Pottawattamie County Public Health
  • Warren County Public Health
  • Greene County Public Health
  • Mitchell County Public Health and Home Care
  • Jasper County Public Health
  • Johnson County Public Health

Staff from any of Iowa’s local public health agencies and select other groups (healthcare, human services agencies) are encouraged to join the SM COP by emailing the COP Facilitators and providing a description of why you would benefit from joining.

Public health practitioners who are not current COP members but who would like to present or otherwise share resources with COP members via group emails can also email the COP Facilitators to determine the best approach for this. Not all requests maybe able to be accommodated.

Email COP Facilitators at:

The Public Health Conference of Iowa

IPHA hosts an annual conference in partnership with the Iowa Environmental Health Association (IEHA). For many years this conference was named the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health, but was re-named the Public Health Conference of Iowa in 2021 to reflect the public health work across governmental, non-profit, and other sectors to contribute to public health outcomes in Iowa.

The Public Health Conference of Iowa is held annually in spring and consists of keynote speakers, concurrent breakout sessions, poster presentations, an exhibit hall, and opportunities to connect with public health colleagues and friends, new and old. PHCI specific updates can be found in PHCI’s dedicated Facebook page in addition to IPHA’s social media and communications.

Third Thursdays with IPHA

IPHA hosts a virtual Lunch and Learn every third Thursday during which experts from different areas and subfields of public health discuss areas of practice and research. Third Thursdays are free and open to all. Register once and attend them all!


Watch Our Previous Meetings

You can get a taste of the Third Thursday series with our October meeting on Leadership Opportunities Within IPHA below

Additional Past Lunch & Learns can be viewed on the IPHA YouTube channel.

If you’re an IPHA member who’d like to pitch an idea for a future Third Thursday topic please contact the IPHA Communications Coordinator at

Advocacy Training

Because public health advocacy is a major focus, IPHA conducts multiple trainings and other opportunities for public health practitioners, students, and others to better understand how to advocate on behalf of public health.

IPHA’s Legislative 101 Training

Additional Past Advocacy training events can be viewed on the IPHA YouTube channel.


In addition to trainings, IPHA occasionally brings in national or regional speakers and trainers for skill-building workshops. Due to the cost of bringing in speakers, workshops almost always involve a registration fee.

Past workshops have included focuses such as a Dare to Lead Workshop with Dr. Rosie Ward from Salveo Partners, and a Strategic Planning for Local Public Health Workshop and Toolkit. Workshops are not recorded for public use.

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