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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 to improve 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)
A professional association that works to advocate for high quality healthcare for residents of Iowa. Administers scholarships for physicians.
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Iowa Association of Rural Health Clinics (IARHC)
Works to raise awareness of policy makers about issues facing certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Iowa. Focuses on shaping long term rural health policy to improve patient care and optimize clinic operations. Works to provide leadership by promoting, supporting, and developing quality health care for underserved populations in Iowa. Consists of a non-profit membership association comprised of community health centers and other safety net providers 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 Iowans (children and families) to meet basic needs and develop their own capacity to do so. 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)
Oversees six divisions including disease prevention and emergency response, professional licensure, behavioral health, environmental health, health promotion and disease prevention, and tobacco use prevention. Works with local public health partners, policymakers, health care providers, and businesses. Oversees the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, which focuses on health workforce, oral health, and rural health and primary care.
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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 EMS workers throughout Iowa. Supports EMS legislation for funding of training and equipment for ambulance services. Represents task forces, advisory groups, and boards at the local 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. Focuses on health policy, health care delivery, gathering data, and monitoring health care payment systems. Oversees the Iowa Rural Health Telecommunications Program.
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Iowa Policy Project
promotes public policy that fosters economic opportunity while safeguarding the health and well-being of Iowa's people and the environment.
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Iowa Primary Care Association (Iowa PCA)
Provides technical assistance and training to Iowa community health centers. Provides primary and preventive health care to the underserved in Iowa. Oversees the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network.
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Iowa Primary Care Office (IA PCO)
Works to improve access to services for underserved populations including the uninsured, homeless, migrants, and chronically ill. Supports programs which expand health care resources and alleviate shortages.
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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 that affect rural health providers and helps address those issues by providing 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 identify and resolve issues, and build rural health infrastructure. Provides rural health advocacy and outreach, coordination of rural health resources, and consultation to communities and health care providers in rural Iowa communities.
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Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH)
Establishes and coordinates prevention and education programs to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community. Offers Agricultural Medicine Training for rural health professionals. Oversees the Rural Roadway Safety Project.
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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 homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
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University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
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Last Reviewed: 6/5/2017