The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has launched several upgrades to the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal (IPHT), a web-based system to track public health data. The enhancements will make it easier for the public to access high quality data in less time. These data can improve the understanding of hazards and lead to actions that may prevent chronic illnesses. With IPHT, Iowans have access to both environmental data and health outcome data simultaneously.
Some of the improvements for the redesign, based on user feedback, include:
- A special ‘First Time Users’ section has been added to provide background information and resources to novice users. A ‘Data View Help’ tab has been added to each data view to help users understand and utilize data views. A dynamic slider has also been added to the main landing page to provide timely information about data contained on the site.
- There is now a large main menu, visible at the top of most pages, and a side menu in most areas of the site that is reactive and intuitive. Content within each topic has been restructured into tabs to provide short and concise information on a variety of topics.
- There is now a ‘Data’ page under the ‘Resources’ section for experienced users to navigate directly to data views.
- The Glossary has been reviewed and updated, and is visible under the ‘Resources’ section of the site. Terms have been updated to be more user-friendly.
- 2015 data are now available for many of the data views.
Iowa is one of 25 states to receive funding from the CDC to build tracking networks and conduct pilot projects to improve our knowledge of potential links between environmental hazards and health effects. To access the improved IPHT, visit http://pht.idph.state.ia.us. To see the CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, go to www.cdc.gov/ephtracking.