2020 Iowa Comunity Health Conference large

Save the Date: October 26-27, 2020

Iowa’s premier conference on community health and rural healthcare has arrived. The Iowa Primary Care Association, Iowa Rural Health Association, Iowa Chronic Care Consortium, and Iowa Association of Rural Health Clinics are excited to announce the 1st annual Iowa Community Health Conference on October 26-27, 2020.

This year’s conference will bring together leaders in community health for a two-day virtual event full inspiration and relevant topics such as health equity, social determinants of health, rural healthcare in Iowa, and much more.

This year we have also made the transition to an annual sponsorship structure. This mean sponsors will receive benefits throughout the year allowing more engagement and exposure with our members beyond our annual fall event.

Register here!

Current Agenda

IRHA Break-Outs


Break-Out #1 – Mon Oct 26, 12:00-1:30

Health Equity in Rural Iowa

Description:  Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk, and that risk may increase for rural residents. Before steps can be taken to address health equity, it’s helpful to understand how it’s defined and what we know about it in a rural Iowa context.  Meanwhile, the Iowa Rural Health Association has launched a Health Equity Working Group to highlight the issue, identify partners and seek solutions.   This break-out session will provide the definition, the background, and a discussion of what comes next.

Moderator:   Bill Menner

Presentation – Tracy Duran, IDEATE Collaborative, LLC, “A Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”

Presentation – Sloane Henry, Brandi Janssen and Nicole Novak, UI College of Public Health, “The Research Around Health Equity in Rural Iowa”

Roundtable – IRHA’s Health Equity Working Group

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Proteus

Courtney Reyes, One Iowa

Sonia Reyes, Iowa Office of Latino Affairs



Break-Out #2 – Mon Oct 26, 3:00-4:30

Rural Health Worker Recruitment and Retention

Description:  Health care access in rural communities is at risk due to a lack of providers.  Large geographic sections of Iowa are considered health provider shortage areas, and the situation is getting worse.  The workforce shortages include physicians, dentists, pharmacists, mental health providers, PAs, PTs, nurse practitioners, nurses and front-line workers.  It’s a critical issue for the future of health care in rural Iowa and it’s generating attention at the federal, state and local levels.  This break-out session will provide an overview of the programs available to support recruitment and retention of health professionals and review some best practices from rural Iowa.

Moderator:  Megan Hartwig

Presentation – IDPH Bureau of Policy and Workforce Services, Cristie Duric and Samra Hiros

Presentation – Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs & Continuing Medical Education, Director Greg Nelson

Roundtable – Local examples of recruitment/retention successes

KC Fleming, Great River Health, West Burlington

Micki Disney, Iowa Specialty Hospital, Clarion

Dr. Jessica Williams, River Hills Community Health Center, Ottumwa



Break-Out #3 – Tue Oct 27, 9:00-10:30

Rural Health Advocacy

Description:  Rural health care, and access to it, are greatly influenced by public policies established by federal and state officials.  Knowing what issues are being discussed and how they could affect rural health care is important for providers, patients and the people who live and work in small towns.  From reimbursement to telehealth to maternal health to emergency medical services, legislation – or the potential for it – is driving rural health care advocates like IRHA.  This break-out session will provide an overview of these issues and highlight steps that can be taken on behalf of rural Iowans.

Moderator:  Kate Walton

Presentation – Josh Jorgensen, Mason Zeagler (NRHA Govt Affairs Team), Federal

Presentation – Kate Walton, IRHA Govt Affairs Team, State

Roundtable – Rural EMS and Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Task Force

James Roetman, Pocahontas, EMS

Dr. Katelyn Thompson, Guthrie County, Telehealth

Dr. Stephanie Radke, UIHC, Iowa Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Rural OB



Break-Out #4 – Tue Oct 27, 12-2pm

IRHA Annual Meeting | Jerry Karbeling Award

Description:  Iowa Rural Health Association members will come together for their annual meeting to celebrate the successes of the past year, talk about the future, and honor an individual who has contributed much to rural health in Iowa.  In addition, IRHA’s role in a statewide opioid response initiative will be discussed and three community leaders will describe their innovative steps to improve the overall health of their residents.

Moderator:  Deb Hoyle

Presentation: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program and IRHA Role – Cari Seddon, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

Community Health Innovation Roundtable

  • Kelly Carr, Henry County
  • Rachael Kinnick, Grinnell Food Coalition
  • Ginny Krichau, Knoxville