Committees and Councils

Make life-long connections and help advance the long-term care profession. Join one of our committees. All members are invited to serve on committees.


Convention and Education Committee
  • Responsibilities:
    • Identify, evaluate and promote education programming and products that enhance quality and cost-effectiveness for IHCA members.
    • Help plan and promote all major annual education events, including the IHCA Convention & Trade Show and Quarterly Education Conferences.
    • Advise on theme development, programming structure, keynote speakers, special events and activities.
    • Help recruit exhibitors, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers.
  • IHCA staff liaison: Dave Tomlin
  • Meeting Frequency: 4 to 6 times a year
  • How to join: Complete this committee interest form.
Payment and Legislative Committee
  • Responsibilities:
    • Develop association public policy positions.
    • Respond to state and federal agencies’ and other stakeholders’ public policy proposals
    • Make recommendations on DHS budget payment issues to state agencies and legislators.
    • Provide analysis and commentary on current and proposed payment issues for Medicare and Medicaid, and recommend legislative strategies to meet IHCA, AHCA and NAHC goals.
    • Identify and recommend new policy- and payment-related member education needs.
    • Review and respond to legislative and/or regulatory proposals as they arise.
  • IHCA staff liaisons: Merea Bentrott and Brandon Hagen
  • Meeting Frequency: 3 to 4 times a year
  • How to join: Complete this committee interest form.
Public Relations Committee
  • Responsibilities:
    • Provide input and consult on public relations and member communication programs provided by the association to promote a positive public image of the industry and to provide communications resources for members.
    • Identify and share positive success stories to share through IHCA public relations efforts.
    • Help identify ways to develop and deliver IHCA communications resources within member facilities.
  • IHCA staff liaison: Lori Ristau
  • Meeting Frequency: 3 to 4 times a year.
  • How to join: No current openings.
Quality Improvement & Survey Committees
  • Responsibilities:
    • Review and discuss quality and clinical issues, including, but not limited to: quality improvement trends, quality excellence campaigns, measurement tools and data use, quality dashboards, development of quality resources/education, integration of the national association’s quality agendas, best practices in quality, state-initiated outcomes-based measurements and survey and certification results.
    • Discuss federal and state agency regulatory issues, including survey and certification issues and new developments, state and federal regulatory reform and work through the legislative team to address regulatory reform.
    • Advise the Convention and Education Committee on necessary education programs.
  • IHCA staff liaison: Brenda Irlbeck
  • Meeting Frequency: 4 to 6 times a year. IHCA survey results subcommittee meets monthly. ICAL survey results and IHCA & ICAL life safety subcommittees meet quarterly.
  • How to join
Workforce Committee
  • Responsibilities:
    • Address issues related to workforce recruitment and retention.
    • Identify education and resources to improve recruitment and retention
    • Collaborate with external organizations on workforce and human resources initiatives
    • Educate legislators and state/federal agencies regarding workforce needs
    • Address the licensing boards with professional licensing concerns
    • Identify direct care, social services, dietary, environmental and nursing webinar and in-person education needs.
    • Work with IHCA’s affiliated councils, including nurses and dietary, social service, and activity professionals.
  • IHCA staff liaison: Julie Adair and Lori Ristau
  • Meeting Frequency: 2 to 3 times a year.
  • How to join: Complete this committee interest form.


Iowa Council of Activities Professionals (ICAP)
  • Responsibilities:
    • ICAP offers activity services staff education and professional growth opportunities, promotes understanding of the activity professional role, encourages teamwork with other disciplines and promotes effective resident activities and family/community involvement programs.
    • Its steering committee meets quarterly to discuss survey trends and education priorities.
    • ICAP holds quarterly networking calls, a June conference and educational tracks at events throughout the year, including convention, for all activity professionals.
  • IHCA staff liaison: Julie Adair
  • Meeting frequency: quarterly
  • How to Join: Complete this interest form.
Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL)
  • Responsibilities:
    • ICNL represents licensed nurses employed by IHCA member organizations including directors of nursing, charge nursers and private-duty nurses.
    • ICNL serves as a resource on long-term health care issues, encourages quality improvement and supports the activities of IHCA.
    • Its steering committee meets quarterly to determine topics for nursing education opportunities.
  • IHCA staff liaison: Julie Adair
  • Meeting frequency: quarterly
  • How to Join: Complete this interest form.

If you have questions about joining a committee, contact us at or 800-422-3106.