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Iowa Organizations

Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH)
Focuses on research, intervention, education, and outreach activities to meet the needs of farmers, including non-traditional farmers, their family members, and workers. A NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Center located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health.
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Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
A NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Center located at the University of Iowa College of Public Health focusing on prevention of agricultural injury and illness, and improvement of safety and health among agricultural communities through scientific research, education, outreach and intervention programs.
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Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (gpTRAC)
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists healthcare organizations, networks, and providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
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Homeward, Inc.
Helps families and communities in rural Iowa with their housing needs providing financial assistance through loan programs for community revitalization, down payment assistance, energy efficiency, geothermal, well, and septic improvements.
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Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP)
Advocates on behalf of family physicians and the Iowa families they serve by supporting legislation that affects high quality healthcare. Awards scholarships for medical students and residents, and honors outstanding family physicians and educators by presenting annual membership awards.
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Iowa Association of Rural Health Clinics (IARHC)
Focuses on shaping long term rural health policy to raise awareness of policy makers about the issues facing Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Works to improve patient care and optimize clinic operations. Provides leadership by promoting, supporting, and developing quality healthcare for underserved populations in Iowa.
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Iowa Community Action Association (ICAA)
Consists of locally-based, private, non-profit organizations that network with a wide-array of local organizations to enhance the opportunities for low-income Iowa children and families to meet their basic needs and develop their skills and education. Includes information on the Weatherization Assistance Program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program.
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Iowa Department of Human Services (IA DHS)
Provides programs including mental health and disabilities, child support, child care, food assistance, health insurance for children, protective services, and medical assistance.
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Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Works to protect and improve the health of Iowa residents. Oversees several programs and services including access to health services, child health, oral health, tobacco use and prevention, health statistics, emergency medical services, board licensure, workforce development, and health equity.
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Iowa Department of Transportation
Promotes the growth and improvement of Iowa’s transportation system.
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Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA)
Serves as a voice for emergency medical service (EMS) providers throughout Iowa. Supports EMS legislation and serves as a representative on task forces, advisory groups, and boards at the local and state level. Promotes the quality of care and professionalism of those who deliver emergency medical care throughout Iowa. Provides public education and information related to emergency medical care.
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Iowa Hospital Association (IHA)
Represents Iowa hospitals and supports them in achieving their mission and goals. Focuses on health policy, healthcare delivery, data collection, and monitoring healthcare payment systems. Oversees the Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program.
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Iowa Office of Public Transit
Housed within the Iowa Department of Transportation and collaborates with the Iowa Transportation Coordination Council to support state and local agency involvement in passenger transportation. Works with the Iowa State Office of Rural Health to connect rural health agencies and their regional transit planning councils.
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Iowa Policy Project
Promotes public policy through research and analysis. Focuses on economic opportunity, family prosperity, environmental policy, and tax and budget issues.
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Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA)
Provides technical assistance and training to 13 Iowa community health centers and a migrant health program. Supports quality and affordable primary healthcare to underserved populations in Iowa.
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Iowa Primary Care Office (IA PCO)
Works to improve and expand access to services for underserved populations, especially those who remain at increased risk of illness and premature death. Supports health systems programming to enhance effectiveness and eliminate health disparities.
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Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA)
Represents public health interests in Iowa including chronic disease prevention, safety and injury prevention, community water fluoridation, maternal and child health, and nutrition and physical activity. Provides advocacy and support for the public health workforce by providing education, networking, and leadership development opportunities.
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Iowa Rural Health Association (IRHA)
Serves as the voice for rural health in Iowa. Brings attention to the issues affecting rural providers and helps members address those issues by offering educational opportunities, facilitating information sharing, and engaging in advocacy activities.
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Iowa State Office of Rural Health (IA SORH)
Helps rural communities and organizations build rural health infrastructure. Provides rural health advocacy and outreach, coordination of rural health resources, and consultation to healthcare communities and providers in rural Iowa.
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Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH)
Establishes and coordinates prevention and education seminars, workshops, and activities to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community.
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North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)
One of four regional rural development centers in the U.S. that works with extension professionals, researchers, and partners to enhance rural development outcomes. Serves a 12 state area in the North Central region which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Iowa (HUD)
Works to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. Provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
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University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC)
Interdisciplinary academic research center that investigates a wide variety of public policy issues, including health policy and healthcare workforce. Publishes research with a national rural focus, as well as a state wide focus.
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USDA Rural Development Iowa State Office
Works to improve the economy and quality of life in rural Iowa. Provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
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Last Reviewed: 4/1/2019