Annual Meeting


Celebrate Professional Achievements in Iowa Pharmacy during Annual Meeting!

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 make meaningful connections with colleagues and pharmacy leaders. This September, plan 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 leave refreshed and invigorated to better serve your patients!


Agenda at a Glance

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 

 Thursday, September 23, 2021
8:00-9:00 AM
Industry Symposium: Economic and Clinical Burden of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), Covis Pharma
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Keynote Presentation: Purposeful Resilience = Balance + Wholeness, Mary McCarthy
House of Delegates – Session II
  • Policy Debate and Adoption
  • Honorary President Recognition
  • Vice Speaker Election
  • Nominations Committee Report
12:00-1:00 PM
Virtual Lunch Hour – IPA Awards Recipient Recognition
1:00-2:30 PM
Iowa Pharmacy Practice Act Modernization Town Hall 
5:00-7:00 PM
  • Chris Clayton installed as 143rd President of IPA
  • Board of Trustees Installation
  • Outgoing Board of Trustees Awards
  • Bowl of Hygeia Award
  • 50-Year Pharmacist Anniversary Awards
7:00-8:00 PM Virtual "After Party" – Social Hour
10:00 PM
 Friday, September 24, 2021
6:30-7:00 AM
Sunrise Stretch (Yoga & Breathing) – Session by Mary McCarthy
7:30-8:15 AM
Virtual Coffee Hour – Networking Session 
8:30-9:30 AM
Keynote Presentation: COVID-19: Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead, Dr. Caitlin Pedati
10:00 AM
Conclusion of IPA Annual Meeting  


House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is IPA’s policy-making body and is composed of members from across the state. The House acts on policy recommendations brought to it by standing committees and individual delegates.

The following topics will be discussed by this year's House of Delegates:
  • Medical Billing
  • Pharmacist Credentialing
  • Vaccine Confidence
  • White & Brown Bagging
  • Health Equity
  • Rural Healthcare Workforce

 2021 Keynote Speakers






Purposeful Resilience = Balance + Wholeness

Description: Mary McCarthy, a leader in the wellness industry, will discuss how to refuel your tank and find balance in your life through purposeful resiliency. Learn ways to feel good in mind, body, and spirit no matter your age.

Mary McCarthy

Yoga Instructor, Speaker,
Wellness Consultant,
Mary McCarthy - Resilience & Grace

Iowa Pharmacy Practice Act Modernization Town Hall

Description: In the fall of 2020, a diverse task force met and comprised an initial draft of a new definition of the “practice of pharmacy” in Iowa. Learn about the process and vision of a modernized Iowa Pharmacy Practice Act and provide input on the new draft.

Iowa Pharmacy Practice
Act Task Force


COVID-19: Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

Description: Hear from Dr. Pedati, Iowa’s state epidemiologist, reflections of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa and beyond and a look ahead to how pandemics end. She’ll also share upcoming public health priorities and how pharmacists are positioned to impact public health in Iowa.

Dr. Caitlin Pedati
State Epidemiologist and Medical Director, 
Iowa Department of Public Health

Whova App

During the 2021 Annual Meeting, IPA will utilize the Whova meeting app. (You may remember using this for last year’s Annual Meeting as well as PharmaCE Expo!) Please make sure you are able to login before the start of the meeting – The link and invitation code were provided in your registration confirmation email.

Through Whova, accessible on both a desktop computer and mobile device, attendees can:

  • View the agenda and session details
  • Review speaker bios
  • Access livestreams and session programming
  • Direct message with other attendees and IPA staff
  • Schedule virtual meet-ups with exhibitors
  • Take part in Community Board discussions
  • And MORE!

Download on the App Store | Google Play

Research & Innovation Conference

The 2021 Research & Innovation Conference took place virtually June 2-3, 2021. This event showcases innovations from pharmacists and pharmacy residents across the state, driving practice transformation.

Poster Presentations

The IPA Annual Meeting Poster Presentation Session demonstrates the latest innovations to advance the practice of pharmacy in Iowa. The 2021 Poster Session will occur in a virtual format (PDF).

Click here to view Poster Presentation winners.

President’s Reception & Annual Awards Banquet

At the 2021 Annual Meeting, Christopher Clayton, PharmD, MBA, will be installed as the 143nd President of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Outgoing Board of Trustees awards, 50-Year Pharmacist Anniversary awards, and the Bowl of Hygeia award will also be presented. 

IPA Awards

The Iowa Pharmacy Association takes great pride in recognizing individuals for their contributions of leadership, patient care, professional involvement and public service. These awards serve to capture Iowa pharmacy’s spirit of service and its culture of professionalism. 2021 IPA Awards will be presented via social media.

Click here to watch all 2021 IPA Award acceptance videos.

2021 IPA Award Recipients:
Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award – Connie Siepker, CPhT
Patient Care Partner Award – Genesis Health Group Davenport (3rd Street) Family Practice
Excellence in Innovation Award – Casey Villhauer, PharmD, BCGP
Appreciation Award (Individual) – Lindsey Ludwig, RPh
Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award – Rachel Otting, PharmD
Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award – Jen Morris, PharmD
Karbeling Leadership Awards – Isabelle Tharp (Drake) and Alexis Clouse (Iowa)
Robert G. Gibbs Distinguished Pharmacist Award – Steve Firman, BS Pharm, MBA, FAPhA

Silent Auction

Bidding for the 2021 IPA Foundation Silent Auction will open virtually on September 14th. The auction will close at 10:00 PM on Thursday the 23rd. Bidders can participate in the Silent Auction online or via the SmartPay Anywhere mobile app.
Friendly URL: ipafsilentauction21
Event Pin: 7245

Continuing Education

4.5 hours of CE will be available for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. All CPE information is available to meeting attendees in the Whova app under the Resources tab.


Bring your company in front of Iowa's pharmacy professionals via the Whova meeting app during IPA’s 2021 Annual Meeting! Three levels of sponsorship opportunities are available with additional add-on opportunities.

Thank You Sponsors