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

Healthy Iowans: Iowa's Health Improvement Plan 2017-2021 includes goals, objectives, and strategies along with resources to protect and improve the health of Iowans over the next five years. Nearly 100 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. Every year, progress is tracked, and the plan is revised as needed 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 revised in August 2019. Annual progress reports and previous plans are provided below. The 2020 Progress Report documents progress Iowa made during 2019; it is based on assessments from partners contributing goals, measurable objectives and strategies. 

Current Plan (revised August 2019)

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


For more information:

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

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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