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Iowa's Local Public Health System Survey

The Local Public Health System Survey was completed by public health administrators in each of Iowa's 99 counties in 2020.  The purpose of the survey was to collect information that would allow the department to:

  • Share information about the infrastructure of the local governmental public health system;
  • Describe the local governmental public health workforce and the barriers they face;
  • Describe the governance structure of the local governmental public health system;
  • Describe the services provided by the local governmental public health system;
  • Discover emerging issues being faced by the public health system as identified by local public health administrators;
  • Describe, at a high level, how the local governmental public health system is funded; and
  • Better understand the local governmental public health system’s ability to meet the foundational capabilities that have been identified in Iowa as core to public health practice.

The findings of the survey are presented in the Local Public Health System Survey Report.  In response to the findings the department  will be providing targeted technical assistance over the next few years in the areas of: developing foundational plans (like strategic plans, workforce development plans, and quality improvement plans), board of health education, succession planning, and financial planning.