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Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2017-2021

Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2017-2021 PDF includes goals, objectives, and strategies along with resources to protect and improve the health of Iowans over the next five years. More than 80 public and private groups agreed to implement the strategies outlined in the plan. Central to the plan are 26 top health issues selected through an assessment process that began in every county. Public comments constituted the final step. Every year, progress will be tracked, and the plan will be revised to account for changes as well as emerging issues. The Iowa Department of Public Health serves as the coordinating agency for the document. Comments and questions about the plan are welcome.

The health improvement plan is provided here in its entirety and as topic-specific files. This version of the plan was released in March 2017. Annual progress reports and previous plans are provided below.

Current Plan

Health Equity/Social Determinants of Health PDF

  • Health Equity & the Social Determinants of Health
  • Safe, Affordable Housing
  • Income/Poverty

Life Course PDF

  • Maternal, Infant, and Early & Middle Childhood; Adolescence; Early, Middle, and Older Adulthood

Health System Improvement PDF

  • Health System Improvement & Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Transportation
  • Insurance Affordability & Coverage
  • Lack of Primary Care Services

Acute Disease PDF

  • Adolescent Immunizations
  • Flu Immunizations

Addictive Behaviors PDF

  • Substance Abuse
  • Tobacco/Nicotine Use

 Chronic Disease PDF

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease

Disaster Preparedness PDF

  • Network infrastructure, planning, & notification

Environmental Health PDF

  • Water Quality
  • Radon

Healthy Living PDF

  • Obesity, Nutrition, & Physical Activity
  • Lack of Oral Health/Dental Services
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Injury and Violence PDF

  • Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Trauma Informed Care
  • Occupational & Farm Safety

 Mental Health, Illness, and Suicide PDF

  • Lack of Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Suicide

Annual Progress Reports

Previous Plans


Public Comments

Prior to publication, Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2017-2021 was posted for public comment. More than 45 comments were received, reviewed and incorporated where appropriate. To view the summarized comments, responses, and page number references, please click the file below.


For more information:

Jonn Durbin
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 281-8936

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Page last reviewed: January 31, 2018.

Page last updated: January 31, 2018.

Content source: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Planning Services