Government & External Affairs
The Government & External Affairs team at UnityPoint Health supports the efforts of our health system in the areas of public policy, regulatory affairs, state and federal government relations, grants and sponsored programs and community benefit and economic impact.
Our team helps elected officials, government agencies, health and advocacy organizations, media outlets and communities have a clear understanding of UnityPoint Health, our mission and the full spectrum of services we provide, as well as our economic impact on the communities we serve.
Our team works to:
- Engage UnityPoint Health physicians, providers, leaders, staff and external policy stakeholders in any issue that may impact our patients, caregivers and the communities we serve.
- Educate UnityPoint Health and our communities about legislative, policy and regulatory matters that may affect the vision and mission of our health system and about areas such as patient care, health care payment reform and innovation in health care delivery.
- Advocate for public policy and legislation that supports a positive environment for patients and their families, physicians, providers and the communities we serve.
Areas of Focus
External Affairs, Community Benefit and Economic Impact
Our department is responsible for influencing public policy and opinion, communicating about the health system's priorities, challenges and achievements and strengthening the reputation of UnityPoint Health. We work to advocate for UnityPoint Health priorities, provide advice on legislative strategy to leadership, build and maintain relationships with legislators and other government officials and raise awareness of emerging issues and opportunities. Additionally, in collaboration with UnityPoint Health regions and business units, our department is responsible for the oversight of developing and executing strategies that meet and accurately reflect the impact on community benefit and economic impact across the health system and the patients and communities we serve.
Grants and Sponsored Programs
Our department includes grant writing and management staff that primarily focus on supporting UnityPoint Health strategic initiatives, projects involving multiple regions and national and/or special health care priorities. Our team provides expertise in grant readiness and capacity building, research and identification of grant opportunities, grant proposal development and submission and post-award oversight.
Our department works with state and federal agencies and their personnel to advance the vision, mission and strategic initiatives of UnityPoint Health. Working closely with system and regional leaders, we are responsible for developing the health system's regulatory priorities, including the identification and resolution of regulatory barriers.
Our department serves as the primary liaison for regulatory submissions in response to state and federal rulemaking and public requests for information, as well as communications advocating changes in state and federal policy direction or strategic initiatives. Examples of agencies include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, public health and insurance and state licensing boards.
State and Federal Government Relations
Our department works with and serves as the primary contact with state and federal legislators, elected officials and government agencies to advance the vision, mission and legislative agenda of UnityPoint Health. Working closely with leaders from across UnityPoint Health, we are responsible for developing the health system's legislative agenda and advocating for successful adoption of the priorities identified.
The UnityPoint Health Legislative Agendas provide a guide to the major priority policies and legislative measures of our health system. The Legislative Agendas serve as a guide to identifying, analyzing and formulating solutions to issues requiring public policy action. In addition, the Legislative Agendas are used as a communications tool during interactions with our local, state and federal legislators to ensure a consistent message about our major policy and legislative priorities during legislative sessions.
Current Legislative Agenda
Previous Years' Legislative Agendas