Heat Panel Discussion

Iowa Events Center - HyVee Hall, Des Moines, Iowa
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM


  • Lina Tucker Reinders

    Lina Tucker Reinders

    Executive Director, Iowa Public Health Association

    Lina became an active member of IPHA upon moving to Iowa in 2013. "I knew that if I wanted to be a part of the public health community in Iowa, I needed to join IPHA," Lina shared with members at the 2019 Awards Reception when she was introduced as the new Executive Director. 


    Lina began her career in public health as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer, working as a community organizer in Minneapolis, with a focus on school readiness. This experience started her on a path of recognizing that where we live, work, play, and age affects our health. 


    Following her graduate education, Lina was the legislative liaison for tobacco control at the MN Department of Health. That work opened doors for her to move to Geneva, Switzerland and spend seven years at the World Health Organization, where she focused on strategic planning, communication, and health equity. 


    Since returning to the US, Lina has spent her time consulting on various public health projects ranging from social protection, global health system development, and maternal/child health, always with a focus on health equity.



    • Fellow | National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health
    • Master of Public Health | University of Minnesota, School of Public Heath 
    • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services | University of Minnesota, Morris


  • Travis Beckman

    Travis Beckman

    Deputy Director, Johnson County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency

    Travis Beckman is the Deputy Director at Johnson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Travis worked 9 years in healthcare emergency preparedness before coming to Johnson County and several years in safety and security prior to healthcare.  He also has served as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for many years.  In his current role Travis is program administrator for the county HAZMAT Team, ARES team, CERT team and his duties included overseeing several plans for the county, watershed protection, school and healthcare emergency planning and serves as the liaison to Duane Arnold Energy Center for emergency planning. 

    Travis played an active role in multiple past disasters including the 2008 Floods, H1N1 outbreak, Ebola Preparedness, and the 2016 Flood in Cedar Rapids just to name a few. 

  • Juan Cadenillas

    Juan Cadenillas

    Public Health Planner, Polk County Health Department

    In his role as a Public Health Planner at the Polk County Health Department, Juan Cadenillas has been involved in planning and coordinating extreme response efforts with the Department and its partners.  These operations have included community-based initiatives and building of partnerships to be utilized during periods of extreme heat. In addition, he assisted the Health Department in conducting a data and mapping research to identify vulnerable areas in the county. The results of this research helped to prioritize outreach efforts and location of extreme heat cooling centers . Mr Cadenillas earned a M.S. in Public Health from Des Moines University.

  • Lana Shope

    Lana Shope

    Executive Director, Iowa Community Action Association

    Lana Shope has been the Executive Director of Iowa Community Action Association since November 2004. She has more than fifteen years of senior level executive experience leading statewide nonprofit organizations, and has been a registered lobbyist for twenty years, advocating for issues relating to children and families with a low income. 

    Lana is a strong community collaborator, skilled at working with multiple agencies and organizations to develop and maintain strong, productive partnerships that achieve positive outcomes. She has twenty five years experienc developing new programs initiatives that improve the lives of low income children and families, twenty five years  of training at the local, state and national levels, and thirteen years leading a small business.  

  • Christopher Uejio

    Christopher Uejio

    Assistant Professor of Geography, Florida State University

    For the past 16 years, Dr. Uejio has researched how the physical environment influences human health and well-being. He is a co-author of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework. Dr. Uejio frequently works with health departments to understand and adapt to climate change.