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2018 Annual Conference

It Takes a Village:
Healthy Rural Iowa Summit
November 15, 2018
Hotel Grinnell - Grinnell, Iowa 
A number of social factors influence how a person lives and impact individual wellness. These factors range from housing to environment to employment.  Studies show education level can impact a person’s health.   Access to recreation and wellness facilities and public health resources also influence overall health. All of these external factors that influence health are known as the “social determinants.”
These factors have been studied and now influence public policy around the world.  At the same time, there is a disconnect between those who focus on health and those whose job relates to the social determinants.  Not every person who works in the area of housing realizes there is a health outcome related to that work.  Those who focus on building local food systems may not connect that to disease prevention.
For the past year, the Iowa Rural Health Association has been working collaboratively to facilitate conversations between a variety of partners who work in rural spaces.  Not surprisingly, those partners represent organizations and associations that focus on those “social determinants” – a cooperative effort that starts the conversation about the characteristics of a healthy community.
Join us November 15th in Grinnell as we bring together national health policy experts, statewide partners, and local providers to discuss challenges, current efforts, and opportunities for the future as Iowa works to empower its rural communities through initiatives focusing on the elements of a healthy state.
Download a full conference agenda and registration form here
Keynote Presenter:  Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE
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President and Chief Executive Officer 

ProMedica - Toledo, Ohio
Dr. Oostra, a native of Sioux Center, IA and graduate of Northwestern College, has 40 years of health care and management expertise.  Twenty of those years have been with ProMedica. Randy is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders in health care and has earned a spot on several prestigious listings.  ProMedica has received numerous national recognitions and accolades under his leadership. The organization is widely known as a national leader in addressing the social determinants of health and is consistently recognized by national associations and accrediting agencies for superior clinical quality and excellence.

Registration is now open! 





Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

To help ensure the success of the conference, we depend on partners, organizations, and companies to participate as conference sponsors. Sponsor benefits for each sponsorship level are detailed on the sponsor flyer.  To register as a sponsor, please complete and return the registration form

Gold Sponsor - $2000

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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.