Mission Statement

The Iowa Rural Health Association is committed to:  strengthening health systems for rural residents and communities through leadership, education, advocacy, public awareness and networking.

Vision

Optimal health for all Iowans, with a focus on rural populations.

Goals

  • Provide access to quality rural health services
  • Advocate for rural health development
  • Foster cooperative partnerships to improve rural health
  • Support the work of other health interest groups in their efforts to improve rural health
  • Improve public education and awareness of rural health policy issues
  • Provide opportunities for leadership development through active membership involvement
  • Promote the relationship between a viable rural health care delivery system and community economic development

History of the Iowa Rural Health Association

The Iowa Rural Health Association was established in 1993 through the efforts of the Office of Rural Health within the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care. The Iowa Rural Health Association, (IRHA) was organized as an Iowa Nonprofit Corporation under 504A of the Iowa Code.

The last meeting of the initial Iowa Rural Health Association was in September of 1994. At that time, the organization had 109 individual members and 26 organizational members.

In 1997, the State Rural Health Association Assistance Program, funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy, provided grant dollars to revitalize the IRHA Board of Directors, increase the membership base, develop effective communication tools, sponsor an annual conference and educational seminar and to develop an advocacy plan.

By-Laws

To view IRHA’s By-Laws, click here.

Leadership

The Iowa Rural Health Association is governed by a Board of Directors of between 9 and 15 active members of the association who serve 3 year terms. Board members are elected by majority vote of qualified members.  Current IRHA Board Members are:

Debra Hoyle- Board President
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA
Megan Hartwig- Board President-Elect
Iowa Association of Community Providers
Des Moines, IA
Jon Rosmann – Past President
SafeNetRX
Des Moines, IA
Kellie Todd -Treasurer
Iowa Chiropractic Society
Des Moines, IA
Samra Hiros -State Office of Rural Health
Iowa Department of Public Health
Des Moines, IA
Teresa Bomhoff
NAMI Greater Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
Dr. Mary Charlton
University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology
Iowa City, IA
Brandi Janssen
Iowa Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
Iowa City, IA
Dr. Peter Marsho
Family Dentistry
Grinnell, IA
Katie McBurney
Iowa Department of Public Health
Monroe, IA
Steve Simonin
Iowa Specialty Hospital
Clarion, IA
Ashley Thompson
UnityPoint Health
Nevada, IA
Michael Trachta
MercyOne
West Des Moines, IA
Aaron Todd
Iowa Primary Care Association
Des Moines, IA
Audrey Tran Lam
UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Ed
Cedar Falls, IA
Bill Menner, Executive Director
Grinnell, IA

 

Administrative Staffing

Administrative staffing for IRHA is located in Grinnell and provided by The Bill Menner Group which works closely with the IRHA Board to promote its mission and goals, allowing the leadership time to focus on important issues that affect the membership.