BLN Community Forums

Business Leadership Network community forum in Ottumwa, April 2017.

Since 2013, the Business Leadership Network has hosted community forums, taking College of Public Health faculty and students on the road to engage participants in public health related conversations that lead to new collaborations.

Forums draw a cross-section of business owners and managers, economic development leaders, public health officials and health care providers, local elected officials, a variety of agency and organization representatives, and the general public.

Check out this video and read summaries below of past events to learn more about the community forums.

Spring 2022 Forum

A forum was held in Spencer Iowa in March 2022 on “Making Farming Safer: Resources for Improving Ag Workers’ Health and Wellness.”

The Spencer community forum provided opportunities for area business, community, and public health leaders to discuss the physical and mental health impact on farmers, resources for small businesses and healthcare providers to support farmers, integrating public health into agricultural business models, and determine potential areas to collaborate with the UI College of Public Health.

Summaries of Past Forum discussions

Forum Topics have included:

  • Aging Populations and the Workforce
  • Agricultural Health and Safety
  • Building a Healthy Community
  • Community and Behavioral Health
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Cyber-bullying in Schools and the Workplace
  • Health Systems and Population Health
  • Healthcare Policy and Impacts of Reform
  • Immunizations as a Community Health Issue
  • Local County Health Assessment
  • Substance Use Issues in Community Health
  • Sustaining the Health & Wellness of the Community
  • Using Data – Know What Works
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Youth and Adolescents

Learn more about the Business Leadership Network.