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Division of Acute Disease Prevention, Emergency Response, & Environmental Health

Information about Acute Disease Prevention & Emergency Response (ADPER) programs is found below. To access information about Environmental Health programs, click here.

Ken Sharp
Division Director
Lucas State Ofc. Bldg
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA
(515) 281-5099

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The Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response section of the Division provides support, technical assistance and consultation to local public health agencies, hospitals, emergency medical service programs, and local health care providers regarding infectious diseases, disease prevention and control, injury prevention and control and public health and healthcare emergency preparedness and response. Three Bureaus make up ADPER: Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology, Bureau of Immunization and TB, and Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services.

The Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) works to protect and preserve the health and safety of Iowans from infectious diseases through disease surveillance; investigation of acute outbreaks; and education and consultation to county, local, and private health agencies on infectious diseases.

The center also provides consultation to county and local health agencies on diseases requiring public health intervention, collaborates with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by weekly reporting of nationally reportable diseases, and offers health education opportunities through lectures and organizational seminars.

The Bureau of Immunization & TB works to reduce the impact of communicable diseases in Iowa and to eliminate the morbidity associated with these diseases. Programs within the bureau monitor current infectious disease trends, prevent transmission of infectious diseases, provide immunizations for public health clinics and Vaccine for Children recipients provide early detection and treatment for infected persons, and ensure healthcare access for refugees.

The Bureau of EMS and the Center for Disaster Operations and Response (CDOR) have merged into the Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services. Future updates will be coming to these two sites.

The Bureau of EMS provides leadership, direction and resource support to build a comprehensive, sustainable, efficient and effective statewide EMS system.

The bureau regulates and facilitates all aspects of the continuum of EMS care in Iowa through administrative code (147A, 641-Chapters 131-141) inclusive of, but not limited to, EMS system development, EMS service program authorization, certification of EMS personnel, the management of Iowa's trauma system, Emergency Medical Services for Children, injury prevention initiatives, data acquisition and management, education coordination and disaster preparedness.

The Center for Disaster Operations and Response (CDOR) is responsible for the development and implementation of emergency response plans and operating procedures for the department while ensuring integration into Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Plan. Additionally, CDOR is responsible for the department's Emergency Coordination Center (EOC), Continuity of Operation's Plan, Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (IA-DMAT), the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and the Health Alert Network (HAN) system. CDOR provides the management and oversight for Iowa's public health and hospital preparedness program.

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