Give Back Iowa
Apr 1 – May 31 all-day

Give Back Iowa is an eight week challenge running from April 1 through May 31 each year to engage Iowans in employer-supported volunteering, both during and outside of the workday.  There is no cost to register or participate; and, it doesn’t matter whether an employer has a formal volunteer program or how many employees there are – ANY employer in Iowa can compete (for profit, nonprofit, and government organizations).  You can participate as an entire organization or by location if you have multiple sites (e.g. 123 Construction-Des Moines or ABC Insurance-Anamosa).

There is a lot of research showing the connection between employer-supported volunteering and improved employee engagement, employee wellness, organizational commitment, job satisfaction and retention.  There is also research connecting employee engagement with increased profitability and productivity.  In addition, there are benefits to the community through the organization fulfilling its corporate social responsibility goals.

Employers register in advance to participate and indicate whether they wish to be included in pre-challenge media releases.  Volunteer hours are reported through a simple online report form either by the individual employee or through a company point of contact.  Nonprofits can participate in the Challenge as employers and are encouraged to invite the local businesses who may provide them with volunteers to register as well.

Based on the number of entries received and company size, employers are are divided into three categories (large, medium, and small).  Winners are selected by determining the average number of volunteer hours per employee completed during the Challenge period.  Employers achieving the highest average in each size category are recognized with a visit to the workplace by Iowa’s Governor and/or Lieutenant Governor.

If you have any questions, contact Volunteer Iowa by e-mail or phone 800.308.5987.

Good luck and happy volunteering!

5th Annual Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference @ College of Public Health
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The 5th Annual Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference will take place at the University of Iowa College of Public Health (145 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City) on Friday, April 3, 2020. This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and collaborators across campus and the region to learn about innovative occupational health and safety research being conducted by students, and gives students an opportunity to showcase their research in this important field.

To Register:

Thank you to the conference co-sponsors!

Heartland Center for Occupational Health & Safety

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health

Heathier Workforce Center of the Midwest

UI Injury Prevention Research Center

MOCAN Conference 2020: Building a Healthy & Productive Missouri Workforce @ Drury Plaza Hotel
Jul 16 all-day


The Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) will host a 2020 conference centered on “Building a Healthy and Productive Missouri Workforce”. This conference will raise awareness of the connections between community health status and workforce development at local, regional, and statewide levels. Workplaces are an essential piece to every community operating system. Whether it be hospitals, schools, or local industries, workplaces are an everyday destination for community members and research demonstrates that a supportive and healthy work environment not only has positive health impacts among employees but also improves productivity. No matter the size, businesses and employers play a vital role in a community health system. Our conference will identify opportunities to improve workforce health for a diverse range of Missouri businesses, and provide networking opportunities and resources to help businesses establish or improve worker health and productivity.

What’s on the agenda?
· Exploring and applying practical tools to improve and promote healthy workplaces
· Introducing worker health across the lifespan
· Reviewing comprehensive investment strategies
· Addressing job stress, burnout, and mental health
· Panel discussion with awarded wellness programs in Missouri
Recognizing the 2020 Missouri WorkWell Awardees – organizations can apply by March 1st

Who should attend?
Missouri professionals interested in supporting and improving employee health and productivity.

· Employers, wellness coordinators and HR professionals for schools, hospitals or local businesses
· Those attending the MOAND conference on April 17th in Columbia
· Four hours of continuing education units (CEUs) are expected for dietitians, nurses, society of human resource management (SHRM) and certified health education specialist (CHES) professionals

Cost:  $95/attendee. Limited space available!

A special thanks to our conference sponsors!
Interested in sponsoring?  Email

Health Forward Foundation
Freeman Health System
MOCAN Worksites Workgroup

Lodging: Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East   Reservations at 1-800-325-0720 or

Use the group number of 2372133. Group rates are not guaranteed after March 14th.

Conference Contact:   Sherry Davisson,, 573-882-2184

BHC Spring Forum: Mental Well-being in the Workplace @ Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Jul 29 all-day
Registration and Light Breakfast: 7:30 AM
Event Program: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Address: 975 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

The BHC Spring Forum is a community-based event, convened to closely exam new trends and developments affecting the St. Louis health care and wellness markets. This year’s event will focus on the topic of mental well-being and opportunities for employers to support their workforce with innovative strategies and solutions to increase awareness, decrease stigma, and create a culture of health.

Registration Here:

BHC Members: $10.00
Non-BHC Members: $20.00