Community Health Needs
In February 2016, all 99 counties submitted a brief report on their needs assessment and health improvement plans to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Thousands of Iowans participated in the process in their communities. Community engagement included community-wide meetings with residents and stakeholders, survey participation, and direct comments. IDPH completed a comprehensive analysis of the submissions. The analysis demonstrates the scope of Iowa’s health needs and identified critical issues affecting the health of Iowans. The analysis also underlines IDPH’s commitment to use local input and health needs in guiding statewide health improvement planning. The locally identified critical health issues lay the foundation for Healthy Iowans: Iowa’s Health Improvement Plan. The following presentation at the Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health provides preliminary results from an analysis of these reports.
- Iowa's Critical Health Issues, Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health, April 12, 2016.
- Maps for selected topics can be found below. Additional topics will be added over time. Click on a map to open a full-sized image. Download all the maps (3 MB).
Maps of Health Needs by Iowa Public Health Focus Area
Nutrition and Weight Status: HP 2020 Category that includes nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and the overweight population.
Family Planning and Reproductive Health: Includes family planning and reproductive health.
Mental Health: Includes mental illnesses, emotional and mental well being, and suicide. This topic crosses over with Health Infrastructure as it includes needs such as a lack of mental health providers, limited availability of mental health services, and the ability to meet mental health needs.
Healthy Behaviors maps from 2011:
Lead Poisoning: Includes childhood and adult lead poisoning, screening, and lead abatement.
Radon: Includes needs related to radon, such as testing and mitigation.
Water Quality: Includes drinking water, surface water, septic infrastructure, and well testing and capping.
Environmental Health maps from 2011:
Child Abuse and Neglect: Includes intentional violence against children, physical abuse, and neglect.
Falls: Includes injuries and deaths from falls.
Motor Vehicle Injuries: Includes motor vehicle collision prevention, fatalities, operating vehicles while intoxicated, and distracted driving.
Prevent Injuries maps from 2011:
Prevent Epidemics and the Spread of Disease
Immunization: Includes childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations.
STD, HIV/AIDS: Includes sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and HIV/AIDS diagnoses and treatment.
Prevent Epidemics and the Spread of Disease maps from 2011:
Network Infrastructure and Communication: Includes narrow band radio conversion, communication plans, and other infrastructure needs.
Personnel and Volunteers: Includes lack of volunteers, human resource capacity, and training of staff in emergency response.
Emergency Response maps from 2011:
Access to Dental / Oral Health Services or Providers: Includes access to dentists or other oral health services.
Access to Health Services-Insurance: Includes lack of insurance, the underinsured, or access to health insurance.
Access to Health Services-Transportation: Includes needs pertaining to lack of transportation and its impact on health care access.
Health Infrastructure maps from 2011:
2011 Community Health Needs
Page last reviewed: January 11, 2017.
Page last updated: September 29, 2016.
Content source: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Planning Services