202993 Healthy Iowans 2010 County Geographic Maps: Providing Access to Information at the County Level

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ryan Thomas Dow , College of Health Sciences, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
Healthy Iowans 2010 County Geographic Maps

Presented by: Ryan Dow, Dr. Louise Lex , John Warming

Healthy People 2010 is a set of objectives for the nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century (DHHS, 2008). Healthy Iowans 2010, companion to the national plan, was developed by 550 Iowans working in teams with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as lead.

The Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plans (CHNA/HIP) enable communities to assure the health of their citizens through the development of leading health indicators, health priorities, and health improvement plans (IDPH, 2005). Counties reported initial results in 2005, and followed with a 2007 mid-course report, highlighting their progress.

A challenge facing public health departments is the use of data-driven healthy objectives (Allison, Keifer, Weissman, 1999). IDPH, in conjunction with Des Moines University, created updated CHNA/HIP maps with CHNA/HIP information in a geographical format to make the information easily accessible to the public and public health professionals. The CHNA/HIP maps link local initiatives to Healthy Iowans 2010 chapters. In addition they provide contact information for responsible agencies, describe local reported initiative, and click able Web sites-- powerful tools for public health planners. This straightforward exchange of information facilitates planners by allowing location of successful initiatives in counties with similar social and demographic backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the system Iowa uses to distribute county level health information.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This abstract is part of a larger project that I completed as part of my Master's in Public Health requirements at Des Moines University. I worked on this project in conjunction with Iowa Department of Public Health for 9 months.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.