About IHA

About the Iowa Hospital Association

The Iowa Hospital Association is a nonprofit trade association of 119 hospital and health system members. The association was established in 1929 and provides advocacy, education and information to its members. It represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Iowans before the state legislature, US Congress and regulatory bodies. The Iowa Hospital Association is headquartered in Des Moines and is an allied member of the American Hospital Association.


The Iowa Hospital Association is the organization that represents Iowa hospitals and supports them in achieving their missions and goals.


The Iowa Hospital Association will be Iowa's most trusted, respected, and influential leader in health policy and advocacy, and a valued resource for information and education.


The Iowa Hospital Association is committed to: Integrity / Leadership / Innovation / Engagement



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2021 Highlights Report


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The Iowa Hospital Association aims to alleviate provider burden and promote smooth transitions in the fluctuating health care policy environment by sustaining itself as an effective health care advocacy organization. The association respects and relies on the support of hospital members as part of the advocacy team and provides a variety of messaging platforms and opportunities that allow hospital leaders to advocate for their hospitals and communities.

Advocacy events

  • Advocacy 101 – Training facilitated by Iowa Hospital Association lobbyists that reviews key talking points and priorities to help advocates effectively communicate with legislators before discussions at the Capitol.
  • Legislative Reception – Scheduled in the evening at the IHA Conference Center, the reception is designed to facilitate discussion among hospital advocates and legislators in a more casual setting. The Legislative Reception often sets the stage for critical conversations before meeting at the Capitol for Hospital Day on the Hill.
  • Hospital Day on the Hill – The day features visits with legislators at the Capitol. Hospital Day on the Hill is the largest gathering of hospital advocates in Iowa to share the hospital perspective while growing relations with legislators.



The Iowa Hospital Association recognizes the value of professional development and continuous educational opportunities, and the impact they have on the success of hospitals and their employees. The association provides accessible, year-round educational programming that meets the changing needs of hospital members. Broad-based learning opportunities further promote members interacting and learning. An example is the IHA Annual Meeting, which provides valuable education about crucial topics.


The Iowa Hospital Association collects and analyzes data to support hospitals’ efforts to improve health care delivery in Iowa. With increased regulation and growing expectations for high-quality, cost-effective care, data plays a growing role in the success of health care organizations, especially hospitals. The Iowa Hospital Association works to maintain accurate and timely health care information and data for all Iowa hospitals.

Personal membership groups

Through personal membership groups, the Iowa Hospital Association provides hospital professionals with education customized to the needs of their profession, a platform for sharing ideas, problem solving, networking and learning from leaders and peers statewide.

With membership in a personal membership group, there is also the opportunity to strengthen the association’s focus and work by providing input and technical expertise to inform advocacy, regulatory priorities and direction on educational needs.

Click HERE for a list of personal membership groups sponsored by the Iowa Hospital Association and information about how to become a member of a group.

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