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Iowa's Health Improvement Plan

Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016

Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016 includes objectives along with strategies and resources to promote and protect the health of Iowans over the next five years. Nearly 70 public and private groups agreed to implement the strategies outlined in the plan. Central to the plan are 39 critical health needs selected through a process that began in every county. Public comments constituted the final step in plan development. Every year progress will be tracked, and the plan will be revised to account for changes as well as emerging issues. The Iowa Department of Public Health serves as the coordinating agency for the document. Comments and questions about the plan are welcome.

The health improvement plan is provided here in its entirety and as topic-specific files. The original plan was released in May 2012. This version of the plan was released in June 2014. In addition, annual progress reports are provided below.

Annual Progress Report

Current Plan

Access to Quality Health Services and Support

  • Affordability
  • Insurance
  • Availability and Quality of the Health Care Workforce
  • Health Care Quality
  • Transportation

Acute Disease

  • Immunizations and Infectious Disease
  • Outbreak Management and Surge Capacity

Addictive Behaviors

  • Alcohol and Binge Drinking
  • Drugs
  • Tobacco

Chronic Disease

  • Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Infectious Diseases: HIV and Viral Hepatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Respiratory Conditions

Environmental Health

  • Air Quality
  • Healthy Homes
  • Lead Poisoning and Screening
  • Water Quality

Healthy Living

  • Healthy Growth and Development
  • Nutrition and Food
  • Oral Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Vision and Hearing

Injury and Violence

  • Falls
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Poisoning

Mental Health and Mental Disorders

  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Mental and Emotional Well-being
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Suicide

Preparedness and Response

  • Human Resource Capacity
  • Planning
  • Technological and Communication Capacity

Public Comments

Prior to publication, Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016 was posted for a 20-day public comment period. More than 40 comments were received, reviewed and incorporated where appropriate. To view the summarized comments, responses, and page number references, please click here.

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