Iowa Public Health Data

IDPH Research Agenda

IDPH research agenda


Current IDPH Research Priorities


The Iowa Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of Iowans, and aims to strengthen the Department's role as Iowa's chief health strategist. As such, the Department has created a research agenda to inform and further our mission. This agenda is informed by Healthy Iowans - Iowa's health improvement plan, the 2017-2021 IDPH Strategic Plan, legislative actions impacting public health, and emerging issues at the local, state, and national levels. While the Department is not a research funding organization, it recognizes the importance of scientific endeavors to efficient and effective public health in Iowa.

This research agenda is presented as suggestions for researchers interested in pursuing objectives that are relevant to the Iowa Department of Public Health's work to protect and improve the health of Iowans, and will be updated on a semi-annual basis. The research agenda consists of two parts:

  • Research Priorities – general research topics and questions based on Department strategic priorities. IDPH will provide consultation on available data, assistance with the process for accessing these data, and limited access to subject matter experts. Researchers are expected to provide final publications, presentations, and other materials resulting from this research.
  • Research Projects – (to be released in Spring 2018) defined projects or research questions identified by specific Department programs. IDPH has defined any incentives available, project goals, timeline, and staff time commitment for each research project. Researchers are expected to provide a finished product, such as a report or presentation of findings.

While the Department is extremely interested in these areas, this interest does not imply that results generated by research will be endorsed by the Department. This research agenda also does not imply that data requests for research purposes outside of the identified priorities and projects will not be approved. Requests for all data for research purposes, including those that align with IDPH’s research agenda, must be reviewed and approved by the Department’s Research and Ethics Review Committee, and an active research agreement must be signed. For more information about requests for IDPH data for research, please visit: https://idph.iowa.gov/PublicHealthData/research-requests.

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