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Iowa Association for Healthcare Quality

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The purpose of the Iowa Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) is to:

  • Promote improvement in the quality of health care in the state of Iowa
  • Provide educational opportunities for our members
  • Promote standards and ethics for professionals in health care quality

IAHQ provides:

  • A medium for networking and dissemination of information and materials
  • A platform for representation and advocacy
  • Consultation and management resources related to quality health care issues
  • Opportunities to excel and be visible in your profession
  • Professional development and education programs.

IAHQ Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to members of IAHQ for continuation of formal education, completion of a certification exam or completion of a certification exam review course.  The scholarship amount is yet to be determined for 2015 and will be determined by the IHAQ Board. Click here for more information.

IAHQ Quality Professional Award

IHAQ annually grants the Outstanding Iowa Quality Profession Award to recognize a dynamic and passionate IHAQ member who has demonstrated enthusiasm and leadership with local, state and/or national health care associations and has made contributions to health care quality through consultation, publications and presentations. Click here to apply.

IAHQ Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is presented to an IAHQ member who has shown signification participation in local, state and/or national health care associations. Click here to apply.

IAHQ Events

2019 IAHQ Spring Conference, April 17, IHA Conference Center, Des Moines
2018 IHA Annual Meeting, October 9-11, Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center

Become a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) status recognizes the professionals and academic achievement through the individual’s participation in this international voluntary certification program. Certification demonstrates your knowledge base and ability to be a “quality leader.”

Individuals obtaining certification demonstrate a knowledge base of multiple parameters of health care quality: physician credentialing, data collection and analysis, risk management, information management, education and training, process improvement and leadership. A strong foundation of these principles prepares the quality professional to meet these demands and set priorities for process-improvement activities in their organization.

Attaining certification often opens new career paths for individuals who may have been doing “quality work” as part of another job but who may want to move entirely into health care quality.

Click here for more information on CPHQ.

IAHQ Officers

Phyllis McDonald, President
Quality Management Specialist
Skiff Medical Center, Newton

Iris Vering, Immediate Past President
Director of Quality Services
Waverly Health Center, Waverly

Melanie Boyd, Secretary
Chief Patient Experience Officer
Clarke County Hospital, Osceola

Shawna Forst, Communications Liaison
Service Excellence Manager
Pella Regional Health Center, Pella

IAHQ Newsletter

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For More Information

Jennifer Nutt, Staff Liaison (515-288-1955)