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IDPH Smoke Free Homes Registry Reaches 1000 Mark (5/23/17)

IDPH Smoke Free Homes Registry Reaches 1000 Mark (5/23/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Smoke Free Homes Registry, which was launched in 2012, has reached 1,000 properties. In order to be entered in the registry, a property must have at least one building that is 100 percent smoke free and must have this specified in the lease language. “The best way to protect against exposure to secondhand smoke is to make sure the places we live and work are smoke free,” said IDPH Division of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Director Jerilyn Oshel. “Globally, 6 million people die each year due to tobacco-related causes and 600,000 of those are people die from secondhand smoke.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (162)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tick Season Underway in Iowa (5/23/17)

Tick Season Underway in Iowa (5/23/17)

The mild spring with frequent rains means tick-borne disease season is underway in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect themselves against tick bites. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (415)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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IDPH Receives $5.45 Million for Opioid Treatment Program (5/3/17)

IDPH Receives $5.45 Million for Opioid Treatment Program (5/3/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded $5.45 million dollars over two years to address prescription opioid abuse and drug poisoning deaths. The funds, made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Opioid Initiative through the 21st Century Cures Act.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (811)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Iowa Summit Focuses on Hunger among Older Iowans (5/2/17)

Iowa Summit Focuses on Hunger among Older Iowans (5/2/17)

According to a 2016 survey by Feeding America, nearly 81,000 older Iowans (age 60 and over) are estimated to be “food insecure,” that is, they do not have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is a co-sponsor of the Growing Bolder Hunger Summit, scheduled for May 9, 2017, at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, where this issue will be examined.

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (344)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Latest Iowa Youth Survey Finds Alcohol Use Continues to Decline (4/28/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) 2016 Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) is out and it shows in general, underage drinking continues to decline. Alcohol use among Iowa 11th graders was down from the 2012 survey, falling from 26.4 percent in 2012 to 21.3 percent in 2016. In addition, binge drinking fell 11.1 percentage points from 24.0 percent in 2012 to 12.9 percent in 2016.

Friday, April 28, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (157)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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