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Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:28 CDT
Category: General Health

Healthy Iowans Plan Update Shows Progress, Challenges

Utilizing input from more than 68 Iowa organizations and advisory groups, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has completed the 2013 progress report for Iowa’s statewide health improvement plan. Healthy Iowans: Iowa’s Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016 is IDPH’s roadmap to advance the health of Iowans. The 2013 progress report addresses 143 objectives and strategies.

According to partner representatives, nearly 70 percent of the objectives or strategies outlined in the Healthy Iowans plan have either been completed or progress was being made towards completion; in 16 percent of the objectives, some progress was reported, but they were behind schedule; and no progress was reported in 15 percent of the objectives.

“Our partners say they are using information from the Healthy Iowans report to coordinate with other groups, prepare grants and funding requests, link to other planning documents, and guide policy development,” said IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “Although the 2013 progress report is only a ‘snapshot in time’ report, it can provide a glimpse into short-term indicators of progress being made toward a healthier Iowa.”

Examples of updates from the 2013 progress report include:

  • Improved coverage for adolescent immunizations
  • Reduction in over-the-counter drug abuse, prescription drug abuse, marijuana use, and cigarette smoking among 11th-graders
  • Decrease in the baseline for coronary heart disease deaths
  • Increase in the percentage of persons diagnosed with AIDS within a year of their HIV diagnosis

There are nine topic areas that serve as the plan’s framework: access to quality health services and support; acute disease; addictive behaviors; chronic disease; environmental health; healthy living; injury and violence; mental health and mental disorders; and preparedness and response. The Healthy Iowans plan and the 2013 progress report may be found at

Contact Information: Polly Carver-Kimm at (515) 281-6693

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