Copyright 2016 - Iowa Rural Health Association

Educational Events

 IRHA presents
Addressing Iowa's Critical Need for Health Care Providers in Rural Areas
April 29, 2016
Indian Hills Community College
Rural Health Education Center
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
May 3, 2016
Myrtue Medical Center
1213 Garfield Avenue
Harlan, IA
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM


We all agree that Rural Iowa faces unique challenges in recruiting health care providers.  This workshop is an opportunity to:

  • Learn how communities have successfully addressed the challenge.
  • Hear how the training programs withing Iowa are encourgaging students to consider rural practice.
  • Learn about resources available to your community.
  • Explore how your community can also be successful in addressing this critical need.

IRHA is excited to offer the workshops free of charge to anyone who is interested in participating. 

The workshops are intended to bring together a variety of stakeholders from the local communities as this challenge is most successfully addressed when the entire community gets involved. Hospital Administrators and Board Members, Mayors and City Council Members, City Managers and Economic Development Professionals, County Of cials, Rural Providers and Concerned Community Members are all encouraged to attend. Come as a team, if you are able, and start the conversation for your community.

There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. You can register online by clicking here.  

Click here to download a flyer with all the details and registration form.  Please share this information with others in your office and other colleagues.


Rural Health Policy Update Webinar

Presented by
Eric Tempelis, Director of Government Relations, Gundersen Health System
and IRHA President; and Kate Walton, Advocacy Source and IRHA President-Elect

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Miss the webinar?  Here's a link to the recording - IRHA Rural Health Policy Update


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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.