Modernizing Public Health

"What should every Iowan reasonably expect from local and state public health?"

A partnership between local and state public health is working to advance the quality and performance of public health in Iowa. Through the Modernizing Public Health in Iowa initiative, the partnership is defining basic standards of service delivery to all Iowans.

Modernizing Public Health in Iowa is a continuation of Redesigning Public Health in Iowa. Redesign focused on the development of the Iowa Public Health Standards, and developing a plan to implement those standards. Modernization in Iowa will focus on bringing about the actions described in the implementation plan. Both Redesign and Modernization are partnerships between local and state public health.

If you have questions about Modernizing Public Health in Iowa please contact Joy Harris, the Modernizing Public Health in Iowa Coordinator at 515-281-3377 .


Latest Updates:

May 2017

Public Health Advisory Council Meeting – May4, 2017

At the most recent Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) meeting, Joy Harris, modernization coordinator for the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), informed the council of the department’s accreditation progress. Joy shared that Director Clabaugh has been going to regional local public health meetings to discuss budget, accreditation, PHAC evaluations, and ideas regarding the Chief Health Strategist role in public health. Kevin Officer and Stuart Schmitz from IDPH, gave a presentation about the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Ken Sharp, division director at IDPH, gave a presentation on the Emergency Management System, Trauma, and Preparedness programs, followed by discussion regarding budget cuts. Work continued in developing the public health services matrix. The work will continue at the next meeting in July 2017.