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:

January 2017

Public Health Advisory Council Meeting – January 5, 2017

At the January 5, 2017 meeting, the Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) continued designing an evaluation of the public health system and defining the foundational public health services as they relate to the Iowa public health system. Joy Harris, the modernization coordinator for the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), reported that work regarding modernization and the foundational public health services is being conducted in many states around the country and shared reports summarizing activities in Washington and Oregon. As a continuation of the work to define communicable disease processes, the council reviewed a flow chart documenting the process of a local county health department in Iowa. William Brant, business systems analyst for the data management program at IDPH, shared maps he created using outbreak data to illustrate outbreaks in counties in Iowa over the last few years. Staff from the maternal/ child health program at IDPH attended the second half of the meeting; Stephanie Trusty gave updates on work being done to help propel how the evaluation will define maternal/ child health, followed by discussions regarding infant mortality, tobacco usage in women, and childhood obesity. The council will continue their work at their next meeting in March 2017.