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Iowa Rural Health Association

The Iowa Rural Health Association (IRHA) is a nonprofit membership organization of individuals and organizations dedicated to ensuring optimal health for all Iowans, particularly those in rural areas. As the voice for rural health in the state, the IRHA brings attention to the issues that affect rural health providers and helps address those issues by providing educational opportunities, facilitating information sharing, and engaging in advocacy activities.


Jerry Karbeling Award Now Accepting Nominations 

Jerry Karbeling was a member of the Iowa Rural Health Association and served on the Board for 5 years.  He served as President of the Association in 2002-2003. At the time of his death in 2005, Jerry was the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Corporate Development for the Iowa Pharmacy Association, a practicing community pharmacist, and owner of Big Creek Pharmacy in Polk City. He was a healthcare activist, an adjunct professor, and served on the City Council of Polk City.

The Iowa Rural Health Association seeks to recognize Jerry’s legacy, and to retain the memory of his contributions. The Jerry Karbeling award will be presented on an annual basis. The award will recognize an Iowan who has demonstrated successful activism for improving rural health and a commitment to community service as exemplified by Jerry.  

Click Here to read the criteria
Click Here for a nomination form

2019 Joint Conference
Rebuild, Reframe, Refocus
November 13-14, 2019 in Marshalltown, IA

This year IRHA is excited to partner with Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) for a joint conference this year.

Register to be an attendee or sponsor here!


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