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. Conference, 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. All meetings and workshops will be virtual until further notice.


Training and Workshop Series

Public Health Law Academy

IPHA has put together a cohort of members to complete a seven-part training series on public health law from Change Lab Solutions. If you are interested in joining this or a future cohort, or if you have ideas for other remote trainings for IPHA members to engage in, email our membership coordinator at

Health Communications

Navigating public health communication through a current political lens requires our public health workforce to look deeper for new ways to resonate with both the public and a variety of diverse policy-makers. IPHA is offering a training mini-series called Building Better Messengers: New Communication Frameworks for Public Health, Equity & Social Justice in a Polarized Political Environment, which you can register for here.

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 April 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 and registration is not required.

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 Education Committee Chairperson.

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, a Strategic Planning for Local Public Health Workshop and Toolkit. Workshops are not recorded for public use.