Division of Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention

The division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention promotes and supports development of public health infrastructure and access to health care/services at the local and state level. This includes liaison with local boards of health and providing technical assistance regarding the boards' role and responsibilities. Through financial support, education, ongoing technical assistance and monitoring, the division supports the development and delivery of services that promote and protect the health of Iowans and contribute to Iowa being a "healthy community". The division establishes program standards, identifies performance measures and assists the local boards of health and health care providers to develop quality and effective services that are community-driven, culturally appropriate and responsive to their Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan and consistent with federal or state regulations and/or funding requirements.

Both population-based and personal health services are provided through contracts with city or county governmental units or agencies serving a county or regional area. Health promotion is central to to all services. Services include a wide range of services directed at preventing and/or managing chronic diseases; i.e. cancer, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease. Other services include public health nursing, home care aide services, oral/dental health services, maternal and child health services, family planning services, adolescent health, child health specialty clinics, and a nutrition services including WIC (Women, Infant and Children).

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Contact Information

Brenda Dobson, MS, RDN, LD
Interim Division Director
Lucas State Ofc. Bldg
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA
(515) 281-7769