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What is Healthy Iowans?

Healthy Iowans is a collaborative process that sets the agenda for solving the top health issues facing Iowans so they can live longer, healthier, more productive lives and enjoy our rich quality of life. It has two major parts. 

  1. The state health assessment (SHA) involves public and private partners as well as people from across Iowa in identifying Iowa’s top health issues. 
  2. The state health improvement plan (SHIP) engages partners in planning to address Iowa’s top health issues. Since the 1990s, Healthy Iowans has included a set of measurable goals with objectives and action steps.

Use the links above or the side navigation to learn more about each part of the Healthy Iowans process.

To learn more about the entire process, view the files below.


For more information:

Jonn Durbin
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 452-5766

Use the "Contact Us" page to submit questions online.

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Page last reviewed: August 9, 2021. 

Page last updated: August 9, 2021. 

Content source: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Public Health Performance