Annual Meeting

2019 IPA Annual Meeting

Thursday-Friday, June 18-19, 2020 
Downtown Des Moines Hilton, Des Moines, Iowa*

Weekday Format!
Poster Presentations and Innovation Forums!
CELEBRATING Professional Achievements in Iowa Pharmacy!

IPA’s Annual Meeting is the epicenter of pharmacy practice in Iowa. Each year pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists come together from across the state to discuss policy, share innovative ideas, and making meaningful connections with colleagues and pharmacy leaders.
With a Thursday-Friday format again this year, you can enjoy all of Annual Meeting and have still your whole weekend ahead of you. Plan now to:
  • Take an active role in setting policy that will steer association action now
  • Hear and share innovative ideas to implement at your practice and advance the profession 
  • Recharge by connecting with like-minded colleagues to build you network and opportunities for collaboration
Join us at Annual Meeting to advance and celebrate your profession and you’ll leave refreshed and invigorated to better serve your patients!


Hilton Des Moines Downtown
435 Park St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Attached to the Iowa Events Center.

‚ÄčRoom block deadline: May 18, 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown. The hotel, which is located near the Iowa Events Center, is connected to Downtown through the skywalks, providing access to everything downtown Des Moines has to offer. Of course, that's for when your Annual Meeting day is done. 

Click here to view a variety of sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Opportunities include a range of sponsorship levels, industry symposium opportunities, and ad space in the 2020 Annual Meeting program.


Agenda at a Glance

Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:30 am Registration Opens
8:00-8:45 am Breakfast & Industry Symposium
9:00 am-Noon House of Delegates: Session 1
Keynote: TBD
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch & Open Networking
1:00-2:30 pm Policy Committee on Professional Affairs
2:00-4:00 pm Innovation & Research Forums
3:00-4:30 pm Policy Committee on Public Affairs
5:00-6:00 pm President’s Reception
6:00-8:30 pm Annual Banquet
8:30-10:00 pm Silent Auction
Friday, June 19, 2020
6:30 am Fun Run / Registration Opens
7:00-7:45 am Breakfast & Industry Symposium
8:00-9:00 am Keynote: Iowa’s Managed Care System – A Panel Update from the MCO’s

Iowa Total Care – Mitch Wasden, Plan President & CEO, and Emily Rogers, Pharmacy Director

Amerigroup – invited 

9:00-9:45 am Meet the Researchers - Poster Session 1
9:45-11:15 am Innovation & Research Forums
11:15 am-Noon Meet the Researchers - Poster Session 2
Noon-1:00 pm Lunch - Speaker TBD
1:15-3:30 pm House of Delegates: Session 2
4:00 pm Adjourn & Pie-in-the-Face

House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is IPA’s policy-making body and is composed of members from across the state. The House will act on policy recommendations brought to it by standing committees and individual delegates. Policy committee reports will be posted soon.

Innovation & Research Forums

A new feature of the revamped Annual Meeting agenda is the inclusion of two Innovation and Research Forums to showcase innovations from pharmacists and pharmacy residents across the state to drive practice transformation. Each session will include tracks featuring presentations from Iowa pharmacy residents on their innovative research projects, giving you ideas to inspire, invigorate, and implement at your practice.

More Poster Presentations

IPA’s poster presentations, which highlight original projects or research that advance the practice of pharmacy in Iowa, have been expanded to two separate sessions on Friday. That’s twice the Iowa pharmacy innovation on display. Present your poster or meet with the presenters to discuss their projects (or both!).
Posters are judged based on originality and innovation, reproducibility, impact on the profession, presentation and methodology, and the IPA Foundation will present its Poster Presentation Award to the winner at the second session of the IPA House of Delegates on Friday afternoon.
To participate in the poster presentation, submit a poster abstract here by May 31, 2020.

President’s Reception & Annual Banquet

Celebrate, socialize and enjoy a great meal together as we install Diane Reist as the 142nd President of the Iowa Pharmacy Association.  Prior to Diane’s inaugural address, we will present our most prestigious awards!


IPA Awards

IPA will present its annual awards throughout the weekend. See the full 2020 Annual Meeting agenda for details.

Silent Auction

Thursday evening will conclude with the popular IPA Foundation Silent Auction to support the Foundation’s educational and student programs.
If you or your pharmacy would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact IPA at and provide a short description and approximate value (if available) of the item(s) you plan to donate.  While items will be accepted up through the week of Annual Meeting, in order to have your item listed in the silent auction catalog, please notify IPA prior to June 1.

Continuing Education

Several Annual Meeting sessions are accredited for CPE for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. In addition, two half-hour webinars covering policy topics to be discussed in the House of Delegates will be made available prior to Annual Meeting. CPE information and the webinars for 2020 will be available here soon.   

*IPA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. If necessary, IPA plans to conduct a virtual conference for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Stay tuned for updates.