Shawn Zierke, MPH

ICPHA Iowa Counties Public Health Association, Executive Director

Shawn Zierke is a Public Health Policy and Administrative healthcare executive with more than 10 years of experience, blending organizational management, understanding of healthcare practice, and advocacy for Iowa's aging and disability communities. Current projects and volunteer activities include work with policy related to public health, rural health, population health management, state level legislative advocacy for aging and disability communities and developed tool-kit to increase collaborations between county public health and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Developed and delivered 67 customized cross-walk toolkits for Iowa's county public health departments to collaborate with their regional Medicare ACO to achieve quality measures and earn shared savings incentives. Shawn received a 2014 Health Sciences Research Week Poster Competition - (T-4) Translational Research Award for presenting research of the highest caliber during the 2014 Health Sciences Research Week Post Session - "Reducing Unplanned 30-Day Hospital Re-Admissions Among Patients with Pneumonia and CHF over age 65“. Shawn received her Master’s in Public Health Policy from the University Of Iowa College Of Public Health, and is currently completing her Master’s in Business Administration in Social Entrepreneurship. She is currently the Executive Director for Iowa Counties Public Health Association, representing Local Public Health Administrators from 101 public health departments across the state of Iowa.  

  • University of Iowa College of Public Health - Master's Degree, MPH - Health Policy
  • Kenney College - MBA, Social Entrepreneurship
  • University of Iowa - BS, Interdepartmental Studies - Health Sciences



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