Educational Events



The IRHA introduces 

"Iowa Rural Health Conversations - IRHA Summer Series"  

The Iowa Rural Health Association presents “Rural Health Conversations.” The format for the Conversations will be a conference call. The speaker will use the first 30-40 minutes to share key information on the stated topic, including what is being done in Iowa and what individuals can do. The remaining 10-15 minutes of the conversations will be an interactive time which participants will be encouraged to ask questions or share experiences on the topic. Rural Health Conversations are free of charge to all participants, thanks to the generous support of the Iowa Department of Public Health Office of Rural Health.


Rural Health Policy Update
What is New in the Nation and Iowa

Presented by Kate Walton, Director of State Government Relations and Physician Advocacy, UnityPoint Health and Eric Tempelis, Director of Government Relations, Gundersen Health System  

Thursday, June 11, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 PM

There is no fee to participate, but registration is required to receive the call-in instructions.  Click here to register online.

The Conversation will cover both Federal and State updates including the following.

  • Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Fix
  • King v. Burwell U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Federal Announcement on Shift from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Reimbursement Policies
  • ICD-10 Implementation
  • Medicaid Reform Status, Managed Care Transition and Budget
  • Public Health Budget
  • Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
  • Telemedicine
  • Mental Health Delivery System Reforms


Future Conversations to include:

Environmental Health - Focus on Water
Date: July 9

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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.

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