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IDPH News is an archive of press releases from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • Public Comment Period Underway for Medical Cannabidiol Act Rules
    Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:36 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Written public comments pertaining to the administrative rules implementing Senate File 2360, the Medical Cannabidiol Act, will be accepted until August 26....
  • Iowa Epidemiologist Aids CDC Ebola Response
    Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:09 CDT
    Category: General Health
    An epidemiologist working at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently in Sierra Leone, aiding the CDC in its response to the Ebola outbreak - the largest Ebola outbreak in history, and the first in West Africa....
  • IDPH Joins Recognition of World Breastfeeding Week
    Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:14 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition and other partners in recognizing World Breastfeeding Week August 1 through 7....
  • Cases of West Nile Virus Increase in Iowa
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Although cases of West Nile virus are typically seen in early autumn in Iowa, three cases of the illness have already been reported in the state....
  • IDPH Substance Abuse Treatment Program Awarded Nearly $8 Million Grant
    Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:35 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced Iowa’s Access to Recovery project has been awarded $7,866,666 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)....
  • High Temperatures Prompt IDPH to Urge Caution Outdoors
    Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:28 CDT
    Category: Severe Weather
    The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s....
  • CDC Ad Campaign Complements IDPH Quit-Smoking Offer
    Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:04 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is prepared for an expected increase in calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW phone line, as the CDC’s 2014 “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign begins....
  • RAGBRAI Riders, Volunteers Reminded to be Sun-Safe
    Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:06 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds the thousands of bicyclists and volunteers participating in the 42nd Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to protect themselves from the sun and heat....
  • Fight the Bite
    Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:03 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH urges Iowans to take action to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and to prevent the mosquito population from growing....
  • Iowa Records First West Nile Virus Case of 2014
    Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:39 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Iowa this year....
  • Iowa Communities Honored for Fluoridation
    Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that 11 Iowa water systems and communities have been awarded fluoride certificates by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...
  • Independence Day Food Safety Tips
    Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:17 CDT
    Category: Food Safety
    “When large gatherings like holiday-related picnics and meals happen, we typically hear about people getting ill with diarrhea and vomiting from foodborne illnesses,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk....
  • IDPH Expands Nicotine Replacement Therapy Offer
    Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:12 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing an expansion of the free nicotine replacement program launched last year for Iowans who enroll in Quitline Iowa....
  • Iowa Guide to Substance Abuse Prevention among Military Published Nationally
    Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:50 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The SBIRT Implementation: The Iowa Army National Guard Program manual is designed to assist medical providers in identifying risky alcohol and illicit drug use, as well as misuse of prescription medication....
  • Technology to Transform
    Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:50 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The 10th annual Iowa eHealth Summit will be held at the West Des Moines Marriott June 24 and 25. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is led by Telligen and co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa eHea...
  • Farmer’s Markets and Garage Sales
    Summer safety tips

    Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:55 CDT
    Category: General Health
    As summer approaches, the number of farmer’s markets, roadside food stands, and other outdoor markets grows. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that warmer weather makes it even more important to ensure food is properly transp...
  • Drowning Prevention Week June 15-21
    Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:27 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation June 16 declaring June 15 through 21 as Drowning Prevention Week....
  • IDPH Joins World No Tobacco Day Observation
    Thu, 29 May 2014 16:38 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health joins the World Health Organization (WHO), local partners and coalitions in recognizing May 31 as World No Tobacco Day....
  • IDPH Releases Results of Three Studies on Problem Gambling In Iowa
    Tue, 27 May 2014 09:25 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released two studies focused on gambling attitudes and behaviors among Iowa adolescents and college students, and a third study on problem gambling treatment outcomes....
  • 2013 Iowa HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report Released
    Fri, 23 May 2014 09:52 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released the 2013 State of Iowa HIV and AIDS End-of-Year Surveillance Report....
  • Breastfeeding Rates in Iowa Rise
    Thu, 22 May 2014 09:25 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    More than 400 people gathered in Des Moines last week for the annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference....
  • Iowa Slips and Gains in National Ranking of Senior Health
    Wed, 21 May 2014 10:47 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The United Health Foundation today released its second annual America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report, which focuses on overall health outcomes for adults aged 65 and older. Iowa ranks 13th in the nation for senior health, according to this report;...
  • Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off Outdoor Adventures
    Tue, 20 May 2014 11:41 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The long Memorial Day weekend often includes outdoor activities....
  • Staying Safe and Healthy in the Water
    Thu, 15 May 2014 13:42 CDT
    Category: General Health
    IDPH recognizes Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week...
  • Iowa Providers and Services Celebrate EMS Awareness Week
    Thu, 08 May 2014 11:06 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation Friday May 16 designating May 18 to 24, 2014 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week....
  • IDPH and Blank Children’s Hospital Recognizes Iowa Immunization Champion
    Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:40 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health and Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines are proud to announce Nathan Boonstra, MD, general pediatrician in the Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic, has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Preven...
  • IDPH Recognizes STD Awareness Month
    Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:16 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month....
  • Underage Drinking in Iowa
    Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:40 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in Iowa....
  • Healthy Iowa Award Winners Announced
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:38 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Healthiest State Initiative will recognize the outstanding achievements of schools, businesses, individuals, colleges, and universities leading Iowa’s charge in advancing well-being tonight during the Heal...
  • Iowa to Implement Electronic Death Registration System
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:08 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health will implement Iowa’s Electronic Death Registration System April 21 in an effort to increase the speed and accuracy of death reporting across the state....
  • Binge Drinking in Iowa
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:39 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Binge drinking is a problem in Iowa, affecting people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds....
  • IDPH Releases Healthy Iowans Progress Report 2014
    Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:51 CDT
    Category: General Health
    As part of National Public Health Week 2014, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a report on recent progress the state has been making to improve the health of Iowans....
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month
    Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:39 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is joining in the national recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month....
  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
    Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:36 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    This March, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa join the United States Brain Injury Alliance in promoting Brain Injury Awareness Month....
  • Navigate Problem Gambling
    Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:19 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    According to the American Gaming Association, the first four days of the men’s NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament bring in some of the highest sports wagering of the year....
  • Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
    Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:53 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    Fueling your body with nutritious foods is a key part of healthy living, and eating right will give you the energy to tackle your hectic schedule with oomph to spare....
  • IDPH Nominates Two Iowa Groups for Radon Work
    Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:51 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    The IDPH Radon Program recently nominated two organizations for their work in radon awareness, education, and mitigation....
  • Celebrate March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:48 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The statistics are sobering. The Colon Cancer Coalition says 90 percent of colon cancers caught in late stages are not survivable....
  • Iowa Health Information Network Joins Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations
    Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:44 CST
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Health Information Network joined forces with 15 health information organizations (HIOs) across the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states today in a move to address data exchange challenges across state lines....
  • Get Up and Move: Workplace Workouts Can Lead to Better Health
    Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:38 CST
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    A lifestyle without regular physical activity has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular illness, cancer, osteoporosis, and other debilitating conditions....
  • Is Your Valentine Healthy for You?
    Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:24 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Research tells us that our relationships affect our health. A 2013 survey done by the Iowa Department of Public Health found that adults who experienced abuse or other adverse experiences growing up were up to four times more likely to develop...
  • I-Smile Promotes National Children’s Dental Health Month
    Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:31 CST
    Category: General Health
    Designated by the American Dental Association as National Children’s Dental Health Month, February is a great time to get young ones excited about taking care of their smiles....
  • IDPH Promotes Live Healthy Iowa's 10 Week Challenge
    Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:47 CST
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Community Transformation Grant has partnered with the Iowa Sports Foundation to promote Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Challenge....
  • Influenza Deaths Reported in Iowa
    Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:50 CST
    Category: General Health
    An influenza-related death in a healthy Iowa child (0 to 17 years of age) has been reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health....
  • The 'Gift' That Keeps on Giving: Norovirus
    Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:23 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    In the past week, the Iowa Department of Public Health has received reports of six outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting probably caused by norovirus....
  • Does Holiday Drinking “Change You?”
    Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:40 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health has launched a media campaign in 23 counties targeting binge drinking prevention, with a focus on the way it can change a child’s view of their parent....
  • IDPH Dental Sealant Program Expands
    Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:38 CST
    Category: General Health
    IDPH Dental Sealant Program Expands...
  • Keep the Holidays Healthy
    Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:34 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Keep the Holidays Healthy...
  • Food Safety for Thanksgiving – Avoid the Turkey Trots
    Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:47 CST
    Category: Food Safety
    The Iowa Department of Public Health reminds Iowans to take special care when preparing foods for Thanksgiving....
  • 1-800-BETS-OFF Adds Live Chat Feature
    Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:31 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    During the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, visitors to the web site will be able to click on a chat icon to be connected to a trained problem gambling counselor....
  • Quitline Iowa Offers Support for Great American Smokeout Participants
    Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:56 CST
    Category: General Health
    As part of a new expanded offering that began in October, any participant who enrolls could be eligible for eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy, either patches, gum or lozenges....
  • Get Smart About Antibiotics
    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Antibiotic resistance happens when a germ changes and no longer is stopped or killed by an antibiotic....
  • Iowa Joins National Rural Health Day Recognition
    Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:04 CST
    Category: Environmental Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation on Thursday, November 14 designating November 21 as Rural Health Day 2013....
  • Colorectal Cancer Screenings Vital, but Underused
    Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:02 CST
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    Testing for colorectal cancer (colonoscopy and stool tests) saves lives, but only if people get tested. The CDC report released today shows about one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 years old is not getting tested as recommended....
  • Three Strains of Influenza Identified in Iowa
    Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:07 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The identification of three circulating strains means that without a flu vaccination, an individual could become ill with the flu three different times....
  • IDPH Receives Grant to Transition to Electronic WIC Benefits
    Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:43 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    $5.3 million grant will move WIC from paper to plastic...
  • IDPH Doubles Nicotine Replacement Therapy Offer
    Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:14 CDT
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    Enrollment in Quitline Iowa now offers eight weeks of free NRT...
  • Bats, Bugs and Barf – Public Health Can be Scary
    Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:49 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Halloween is a once-a-year event that focuses on the frightful; in public health, epidemiologists deal with scary situations every day....
  • Flu Circulating in Iowa
    Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:02 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Vaccination and Personal Hygiene Urged...
  • IDPH Receives Nearly Half-Million Dollar Suicide Prevention Grant
    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 08:46 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    According to IDPH, 381 Iowans committed suicide in 2012, making it the tenth leading cause of death in the state....
  • Iowa Health Information Network Extends Across State Borders
    Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:25 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) has made the leap across state lines to connect with our regional partners and their e-Health efforts....
  • Update: Federal Shutdown’s Affect on Iowa WIC Program
    Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:31 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    Federal Shutdown’s Affect on Iowa WIC Program...
  • Healthiest State Walk Slated for October 9
    Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:16 CDT
    Category: General Health
    IDPH encourages all Iowans to participate...
  • It’s Not Too Early: Get Your Flu Vaccination Now
    Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:43 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    What will the upcoming flu season be like? No one can predict that, but one thing is certain: your best defense against getting the flu is an annual vaccination....
  • State Declaration Honors Disease Prevention Specialists
    Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:12 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    DPS are the cornerstone of prevention and control efforts for HIV and other STDs in Iowa...
  • What Makes Iowans Sick?
    Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:55 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    In 2012, more than 79,000 reports of infectious disease were submitted to the IDPH disease surveillance programs and approximately 100,000 blood lead test results were reported to IDPH last year....
  • Major Health Systems Join Iowa Health Information Network
    Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:17 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Iowa’s movement into the use of electronic health records has reached a milestone as three major health systems have signed participation agreements with the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) and another facility becomes the first to go live...
  • Falls Prevention Day Events Scheduled at State Capitol
    Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:44 CDT
    Category: General Health
    “Iowa averages 2,000 fall-related deaths each year,” said IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “Among Iowa’s older citizens, falls are the leading cause of hospitalization and death – yet falls can be prevented.”...
  • West Nile Virus Still Circulating in Iowa
    Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:35 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    With cooler weather on the way, the Iowa Department of Public Health reminds Iowans that while mosquito activity may appear to be low because of the lengthy drought, cases of West Nile virus are consistent with recent years....
  • IDPH Joins National Newborn Screening Recognition
    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:02 CDT
    Category: General Health
    September is National Newborn Screening Awareness month and September 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the national newborn screening program....
  • Eastern Iowa Water Park Closed
    Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:38 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    The Wasserbahn Waterpark at the Clarion Inn in Williamsburg has agreed to immediately close its activity pool, wading pool, water slides, and spa as part of a Consent Agreement entered into with the Iowa Department of Public Health....
  • IDPH Launches Public Health Tracking Tool
    Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:28 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    IPHT is a state of the art environmental and public health tracking program, and part of a national initiative led by the CDC to close the gap in what is known about the impact of environmental hazards on health....
  • IDPH Receives $1.8 Million for Dental Initiatives
    Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:25 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The IDPH has received a grant totaling $1.8 million over five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help improve the oral health of Iowa’s children and adults who are most at risk for oral diseases like tooth decay....
  • College Binge Drinking: Consequences can be Deadly
    Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:58 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Young people, especially in college settings, have long been known for partying and occasionally over-drinking. This excessive drinking, however, is not just fun and games. It can lead to health problems, risky behaviors, and sexual assaults....
  • Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover
    Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:02 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    September is National Recovery Month...
  • Heat Warning Issued – Take Precautions to Protect Your Health
    Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Even young and healthy Iowans can be affected by high heat...
  • Too Sick for School?
    Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:07 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourages parents to keep their children home from school when ill not only for their own child’s health, but to avoid the spread of disease to other students....

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