The Bureau of Local Public Health Services promotes and supports development of public health infrastructure at the local and state level. This includes consultation by Regional Community Health Consultants with local boards of health and provision of technical assistance regarding the boards' role and responsibilities. Communities benefit through increased capacity to plan and implement health promotion activities and education to get the people the information they need to make healthy choices. Through financial support, education, ongoing technical assistance and monitoring, the bureau supports the development and delivery of services that promote and protect the health of Iowans and contribute to Iowa being a healthy community. The regional field staff assists the local boards of health and local public health agencies to develop quality and effective services that are community-driven, culturally appropriate and responsive to their Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan and consistent with federal or state regulations and/or funding requirements.
The Local Public Health Services Grant provides funding to each county for local programs that help Iowans engage in healthy behaviors, improve access to health services for those who fall between the cracks and often have no other options, and strengthen the public health infrastructure. The grant is considered the funder of last resort and is utilized only when no other funding source exists.