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.


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


  • 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.


To view IRHA’s By-Laws, click here.


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:

Megan Hartwig- Board President
Iowa Association of Community Providers
Des Moines, IA
Kellie Todd – President-Elect
Iowa Chiropractic Society
Des Moines, IA
Michael Trachta -Secretary
West Des Moines, IA
Debra Hoyle- Treasurer/Past President
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, 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. Tony Brantner
Louscher Family Dentistry
Algona, 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
Katie McBurney
Iowa Department of Public Health
Monroe, IA
Jon Rosmann
Des Moines, IA
Steve Simonin
Iowa Specialty Hospital
Clarion, IA
Ashley Thompson
UnityPoint Health
Nevada, IA
Aaron Todd
Iowa Primary Care Association
Des Moines, IA
Audrey Tran Lam
UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Ed
Cedar Falls, IA
Gloria Vermie

Retired Rural Health Leader

Mitchellville, 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.