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  • 01 Jun 2018 3:06 PM | Anonymous member

    From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts

    States spend billions of dollars annually on health care costs, and policymakers increasingly recognize that decisions made in sectors such as transportation, energy, and housing affect those expenditures. To ensure that health is considered in decision-making, leaders in several states have taken up bills to require that local officials, planners, and others evaluate potential health effects through formal public health disciplines.

    To better understand this emerging legislative landscape, in 2016 the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, funded a nonpartisan research effort by the Policy Surveillance Program at Temple University. The team developed interactive maps that document state-level bills introduced, enacted, or amended from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2016, that address either of two main public health approaches: HIA or HiAP.

    Learn more.

  • 01 Jun 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous member

    You may be hearing some buzz about senior food insecurity. While it’s not discussed often enough, seniors throughout Iowa are sometimes faced with the difficult decision of whether to buy food or pay for other expenses like medications.

    To shed light on this well-hidden problem, the Iowa Senior Hunger Partnership, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, launched a statewide media campaign May 21.

    The campaign includes a 30-second radio spot featuring a senior woman sharing her experience with food insecurity--and encouragement to call 2-1-1 to find additional food resources.

    Radio spots will play for five weeks. Posters and rack cards (pictured) have been distributed for partners to display and hand out. The print materials promote three call centers that are working together to reduce senior hunger: 2-1-1, LifeLong Links and the Iowa Food Assistance Hotline.

    Are you interested in printing or displaying posters? Digital files are available upon request.

    Contact Jennifer Colyer, RDN, LD, (jennifer.colyer@idph.iowa.gov) at the Iowa Department of Public Health, for more information.

  • 01 Jun 2018 3:04 PM | Anonymous member

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) has launched a national campaign called ACS Mission: HPV Cancer Free.

    HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination is cancer prevention. The HPV vaccine is for both boys and girls. It helps prevent the infections that can cause 6 types of cancer. 

    Check out these resources from ACS.  Think about ways to use and share them in your education and outreach efforts.

  • 01 Jun 2018 3:03 PM | Anonymous member

    After months of behind the scenes work, the Iowa Department of Public Health is pleased to announce that a new Iowa Public Health Tracking portal has been launched at a new URL.

    This new and improved portal will make it easier for users to access high quality data in less time. These data can improve the understanding of hazards and lead to actions that may prevent chronic illnesses.

    Some of the features of the new portal include:

    • A brand new website at a brand new URL. The Tracking portal can now be accessed at https://tracking.idph.iowa.gov/. If you have the former Tracking portal bookmarked or linked to on your website, please update those links with this new site.
    • Data Visualizations using Tableau. Tableau is a software product that was used to create the interactive data visualizations to present the public health data.
    • About the Data. An ‘About the Data’ tab has been added to each topic area to provide general information about the data displayed in the Tableau visualizations.
    • A New Dataset. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea data has been added to the portal.
    • New resources for portal users. Additional resources have been added to the new site such as “bites” (a data headline) on the landing page of each topic area, training videos, and a News & Updates page to keep you up to date on the latest information from our program.

    The Tracking program hopes that you will take some time to visit the new portal and provide us with your feedback so that we can continually improve the site by determining our portal user information, data, and resource needs.  You can provide your portal feedback at any time at https://tracking.idph.iowa.gov/Help/Feedback-Survey.

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