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University of Iowa’s Rebalancing Health Care in the Heartland Forum 9 & Iowa Rural Health Association 2016 Annual Conference
“Delivering the Vision of Comprehensive Health Services In Rural Iowa”

A Partnership of the University of Iowa’s Health Science Policy Council and the Iowa Rural Health Association
December 1, 2016
Holiday Inn- Airport, Des Moines
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Health care delivery throughout the country and Iowa is undergoing rapid and significant transformation. In addition to expanding coverage to millions of previously uninsured individuals, the ACA ushered in a new era of delivery system reform focused on value-based care versus volume and fee for service payment impacting all of Iowa's rural and urban providers.
Join us as we bring together local and national providers and health policy experts to discuss the impact the new alternative payment models, the expansion of telehealth, and the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) enacted last year by Congress will have on a rural state like Iowa.

A registration brochure including the conference agenda and registration form is available here.  Conference registrations will be accepted onsite on December 1.  If you plan to register onsite, please allow a few extra minutes to complete the registration process.


Keynote Presentation - Health Care Policy Landscape: Market Trends & Frontline Perspectives
Clay Alspach, Leavitt Partners, Washington DC
Mr. Alspach is a Principal with Leavitt Partners, a Health Care Consulting Firm founded in 2009 by former Health & Human Services Director Mike Leavitt. Mr. Alspach will discuss the future of health care and touch on his experiences including his intimate involvement in passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.


Current Sponsors and Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • Iowa Biotech Association
  • University of Iowa Public Policy Center

Bronze Sponsors

  • Amerigroup Iowa, Inc.
  • Iowa Cancer Consortium
  • Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
  • SafeNetRx
  • Whitney Sleep Diagnostics & Consultants


  • Caravan Health
  • Family Planning Council of Iowa
  • Johnson County Public Health
  • USDA Rural Development

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities


IRHA Webinars

IRHA does not currently have any webinars scheduled.  If you are interested in viewing a previously record webinar, please see the list of topics and links to recordings below.

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Interested in a past webinar?  You may view archived sessions by clicking the links below.

Frac Sand Mining, Transporting and Processing:  Is there a Community Health Risk? presented by David Osterberg, Clinical Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, Univeristy of Iowa Thursday, October 16, 2014.  To view this webinar, click here.

Rural Behavioral Health Issues in Iowa presented by Michael R. Rosmann, Ph.D., Executive Director, AgriWellness Thursday, July 25, 2014.  To view this webinar, click here.

Community Care Coordination Efforts - One Region's Approach presented by Michelle Stephan, Community Care Coordination Program Director, Iowa Primary Care Association, and Chi Martin, Population Health Manager, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Mason City on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  Click here to view this webinar.


A Comparative Analysis of Recent Inquiries Concerning Attitudes Towards Breast Cancer Screenings presented by Roger Dahl, Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Iowa on Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Click here to view this webinar.


Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) presented by Pam Lester, RN, BSN, NCQA PCMH CCE, Performance Improvement Manager with the Iowa Primary Care Association; Molly Layton, MSN, PRN, Quality Assurance Manager at River Hills Community Health Center; and Janeen Boswell, LPN, Chief Strategy Officer for Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa on Thursday, August 8, 2013. Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from this webinar.


Iowa Health Care Legislative Update presented by Don Royer, MPA, Director of Health Care Policy at Iowa Hospital Association on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Click here to view this webinar.  

Addressing Recidivism Among State Offenders presented by Jon Rosmann, Executive Director of the Iowa Prescription Drug Corporation (IPDC) on Thursday, March 14, 2013.  Copies of the presentation slides are also available by clicking here.