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IDPH News is an archive of press releases from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

  • IDPH Joins World No Tobacco Day Recognition
    Fri, 22 May 2015 07:50 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the World Health Organization (WHO) and local partners in recognizing World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event held every May 31, Quitline Iowa is offering eight weeks of nicotine patches, gum or lo...
  • Governor Branstad to Declare EMS Week in Iowa
    Thu, 14 May 2015 12:17 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation next week declaring May 17 to 23, 2015 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Iowa....
  • Tick Season Underway in Iowa
    Thu, 07 May 2015 08:46 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH encourages Iowans to enjoy the many opportunities to be active outdoors, while remembering to protect against ticks....
  • HIV Diagnoses in Iowa Fall to Lowest Level in 11 Years
    Mon, 04 May 2015 13:01 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    A new report by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) finds new diagnoses of HIV among Iowans decreased by 19 percent from 2013 to 2014....
  • Public Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference
    Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:42 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing leaders in Iowa nutrition and physical activity at the 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health, being held today and tomorrow in Cedar Rapids....
  • Governor Branstad Declares April Minority Health Month in Iowa
    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:17 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad today signed a proclamation declaring April Minority Health Month in Iowa....
  • What is Public Health?
    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:14 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins its local and national partners in recognizing National Public Health Week April 6 through 12....
  • How IDPH is Getting Iowans Talking about Colorectal Cancer
    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:30 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is once again partnering with Des Moines beverage distributor, Doll Distributing, to distribute drink coasters promoting colorectal cancer screenings to all the bars and restaurants they serve in western an...
  • When Gambling Becomes More than a Game, No One Wins
    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:18 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Cries of despair could be heard across Iowa this past week as first the Iowa State Cyclones, then the Iowa Hawkeyes and finally the University of Northern Iowa Panthers were eliminated from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament....
  • Latest Iowa Youth Survey Finds Alcohol Abuse Stabilizing, Bullying Decreasing
    Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:37 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The 2014 Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) State Report has been released by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). According to the survey, which measures a variety of behaviors by Iowa middle school and high school students, substance abuse has remaine...
  • Attention Baby Boomers: Get a Colorectal Cancer Screening!
    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:14 CST
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges residents to learn more about colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in Iowa....
  • March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:10 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation declaring March as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness (TBI) month....
  • IDPH Birth Defects Program Leads Study Focusing on Muscular Dystrophy
    Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:29 CST
    Category: General Health
    A study led by the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders (IRCID) has been published by the journal Pediatrics....
  • Concerned about Gambling? Have the Conversation
    Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:21 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation Wednesday, February 25, marking March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month....
  • IDPH Public-Private Partnership Targets Infant Safety
    Thu, 05 Feb 2015 09:17 CST
    Category: General Health
    Women delivering babies at participating hospitals within the pilot counties will receive a free crib, if needed....
  • February is Children’s Dental Health Month
    Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:11 CST
    Category: General Health
    February is National Children’s Dental Health month. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans beginning good habits early and scheduling regular dental visits by age 1 helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth a...
  • The HPV Vaccine is the Key to Cancer Prevention
    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:28 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    A new effort by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is focused on improving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among Iowa’s teens and pre-teens....
  • Application for Medical Cannabidiol Card Now Available
    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:28 CST
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the application form for obtaining a medical cannabidiol registration card is now available on the department’s web site....
  • New Year’s Resolutions Broken Already?
    Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:15 CST
    Category: General Health
    Two weeks into the New Year, it’s time to take stock of your resolutions for 2015. Did you resolve to get more exercise? Lose weight? Eat healthier meals?...
  • January is Radon Action Month
    Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:26 CST
    Category: Environmental Health
    Governor Terry Branstad yesterday formally declared January as “Radon Action Month” in Iowa. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes no immediate health symptoms, but long-term exposures may cause lung cancer....
  • Keeping Your Child Safe from Influenza
    Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:12 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    With influenza confirmed by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) in every region of the state and virus spread continuing, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers tips to parents to help keep their children and classmates healthy....
  • Influenza Spreads across Iowa
    Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:39 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The most current surveillance shows cases of influenza have been confirmed by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) in every region of the state and the geographic reach of influenza is now categorized as ‘widespread,’ the highest level....
  • Iowa Hospitals, EMS, and Lab Partner as Ebola Response Precaution
    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced it is collaborating with the Iowa State Hygienic Lab (SHL), three EMS providers and three Iowa hospitals for testing, screening, or treatment of an Ebola patient, if required....
  • Make 2015 the Year You Quit
    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:03 CST
    Category: General Health
    For Iowans who smoke, giving up tobacco may be the hardest, yet most rewarding resolution they will ever make....
  • IDPH Urges Iowans to Get Influenza Vaccine
    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:16 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges all Iowans over 6 months of age to receive their yearly seasonal influenza vaccine. Surveillance by IDPH influenza sentinel sites and confirmatory testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) shows...
  • Three Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa
    Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:51 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) says all three flu viruses covered by this year’s vaccine - A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and B - are currently circulating in Iowa....
  • What Gift Are You Giving Your Child?
    Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:12 CST
    Category: General Health
    With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Iowans are busy looking for fun and memorable gifts for family and friends; however, not all gifts are intended for all ages and audiences. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowans to th...
  • Make Tighter Pants Your Only Thanksgiving Meal Regret
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:09 CST
    Category: Food Safety
    Families across Iowa will gather for their annual Thanksgiving feast soon, and IDPH wants to help ensure the only post-meal regret they may have is that they ate too much – not that they ate something that made sick....
  • Quitline Iowa Offers Support for Great American Smokeout Participants
    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:43 CST
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans who need help quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco of a great incentive to enroll in Quitline Iowa before the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® on November 20....
  • Iowa Joins National Rural Health Day Recognition
    Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:54 CST
    Category: Environmental Health
    Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation designating Thursday, November 20 as Rural Health Day 2014....
  • IDPH Seeks Public Input on Funding Priorities
    Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:13 CST
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been working since May of 2014 to conduct the five-year needs assessment for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) block grant....
  • Precautionary Measures Taken to Assure Health and Safety of Iowans
    Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:58 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is updating the numbers of travelers who are currently being monitored for Ebola....
  • IDPH Releases Annual Health Survey
    Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:45 CST
    Category: General Health
    The report shows Iowa continues to lead the nation in the percentage of older Iowans who receive an influenza and pneumonia vaccination, but the state faces challenges in categories such as obesity, smoking, and binge drinking....
  • IDPH Honors Radiation Protection Professionals
    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:49 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    IDPH joins the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) in recognition of National Radiation Protection Professionals Week November 2 - 8, 2014....
  • Influenza Activity Low in Iowa, but Two Strains Circulating
    Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:34 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network shows while flu activity in the state is slowly increasing and remains low, there already are two strains of the virus circulating....
  • No Ebola Cases in Iowa; Preparation Continues
    Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:44 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work closely with local public health and health care professionals, state entities and the CDC in response and preparation to the West African Ebola situation....
  • Iowa Health Information Network Continues to Grow
    Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:55 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today several health care providers will be going live with a significant feature of the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN), Iowa’s secure health information exchange....
  • IDPH, Partners Take Part in Red Ribbon Week
    Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:10 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and its partners have a number of events planned in recognition of the annual Red Ribbon Week, a week set aside to raise awareness of the destructive impact of substance abuse....
  • First Influenza Cases of the Season Identified in Iowa
    Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:16 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The flu season appears to be off to an early start in Iowa, as the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) has identified three cases of influenza in the state....
  • Enhancements to IDPH Web Site
    Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:13 CDT
    Category: General Health
    To better serve Iowans, the IDPH Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services has established a Web page which makes disciplinary actions against individual EMS providers, EMS services, or EMS Training Programs easily accessible to the public....
  • IDPH Statement on Texas Ebola Case
    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:43 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Due to statewide media interest in the Texas Ebola case announced by the CDC yesterday, the Iowa Department of Public Health has issued the following statement:...
  • Healthiest State Walk Slated for October 8
    Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:55 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad has designated October 8 as Healthiest State Walk Day in Iowa. This is the fourth year for the event, with a total of nearly 900,000 Iowans participating in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 walks....
  • IDPH Public Health Expert Visits China
    Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:22 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Janet Horras, the State Home Visitation Program Director for the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) program recently returned from a trip to China....
  • Iowa Health Information Network Links with Nebraska
    Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:52 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) and Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) are pleased to announce their systems are now connected, enabling providers from either state to send and receive messages via Direct Secure Messaging....
  • That Makes Me Sick
    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued the 2013 Iowa Surveillance of Notifiable and Other Diseases Report. The annual report provides a yearly snapshot of what, how, and when events impact the public’s health. In 2013, more than 71,00...
  • IDPH Epidemiologist Returns from Sierra Leone
    Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:16 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Dr. Koirala was in Sierra Leone for 25 days, based in one of the three most affected districts in the country. His work centered on improving their surveillance system....
  • Governor Branstad Designates Falls Prevention Day
    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:20 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad has declared September 23, 2014, the first day of fall, as Falls Prevention Awareness Day in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of Emergency Services’ Trauma System Advisory Council; IDPH Office of Injury, Disa...
  • New Study Finds Nearly 1.8 Million Iowans Gambled Last Year
    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:29 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released a new study on gambling among Iowa adults. Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2013 Survey of Adult Iowans, prepared by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research...
  • Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover
    Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:53 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation declaring September as National Recovery Month in Iowa on September 18....
  • Take Time to Plan, Prepare
    Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:33 CDT
    Category: General Health
    September is National Preparedness Month. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that being prepared means knowing what protective measures to take before, during and after an emergency....
  • Demand for Smoke-free Housing Grows
    Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:04 CDT
    Category: General Health
    According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Smoke-Free Housing Registry, 319 properties are now listed. In August of 2013, 126 properties were listed in the Registry....
  • Late Summer Virus Causing Illness in Iowa
    Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:48 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a virus that has caused outbreaks in Illinois, Ohio, Kansas and other states is also causing illness in Iowa....
  • Suicide Prevention Week – Prevention is Everyone’s Business
    Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:53 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Governor Branstad has declared September 9 through 15 as Suicide Prevention Week in Iowa. This year’s theme is ‘Suicide Prevention Is Everyone’s Business.’...
  • IDPH Reports First Case of Chikungunya
    Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:58 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first confirmed case of Chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye) virus in Iowa....
  • Cases of West Nile Virus Continue to Increase
    Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:44 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced seven cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Iowa: one case each in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties....
  • Public Comment Period Underway for Medical Cannabidiol Act Rules
    Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:36 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Written public comments pertaining to the administrative rules implementing Senate File 2360, the Medical Cannabidiol Act, will be accepted until August 26....
  • Iowa Epidemiologist Aids CDC Ebola Response
    Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:09 CDT
    Category: General Health
    An epidemiologist working at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is currently in Sierra Leone, aiding the CDC in its response to the Ebola outbreak - the largest Ebola outbreak in history, and the first in West Africa....
  • IDPH Joins Recognition of World Breastfeeding Week
    Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:14 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition and other partners in recognizing World Breastfeeding Week August 1 through 7....
  • Cases of West Nile Virus Increase in Iowa
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Although cases of West Nile virus are typically seen in early autumn in Iowa, three cases of the illness have already been reported in the state....
  • IDPH Substance Abuse Treatment Program Awarded Nearly $8 Million Grant
    Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:35 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced Iowa’s Access to Recovery project has been awarded $7,866,666 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)....
  • High Temperatures Prompt IDPH to Urge Caution Outdoors
    Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:28 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s....
  • CDC Ad Campaign Complements IDPH Quit-Smoking Offer
    Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:04 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is prepared for an expected increase in calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW phone line, as the CDC’s 2014 “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign begins....
  • RAGBRAI Riders, Volunteers Reminded to be Sun-Safe
    Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:06 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds the thousands of bicyclists and volunteers participating in the 42nd Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) to protect themselves from the sun and heat....
  • Fight the Bite
    Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:03 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH urges Iowans to take action to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and to prevent the mosquito population from growing....
  • Iowa Records First West Nile Virus Case of 2014
    Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:39 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Iowa this year....
  • Iowa Communities Honored for Fluoridation
    Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that 11 Iowa water systems and communities have been awarded fluoride certificates by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...
  • Independence Day Food Safety Tips
    Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:17 CDT
    Category: Food Safety
    “When large gatherings like holiday-related picnics and meals happen, we typically hear about people getting ill with diarrhea and vomiting from foodborne illnesses,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk....
  • IDPH Expands Nicotine Replacement Therapy Offer
    Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:12 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing an expansion of the free nicotine replacement program launched last year for Iowans who enroll in Quitline Iowa....
  • Iowa Guide to Substance Abuse Prevention among Military Published Nationally
    Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:50 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The SBIRT Implementation: The Iowa Army National Guard Program manual is designed to assist medical providers in identifying risky alcohol and illicit drug use, as well as misuse of prescription medication....
  • Technology to Transform
    Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:50 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The 10th annual Iowa eHealth Summit will be held at the West Des Moines Marriott June 24 and 25. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is led by Telligen and co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa eHea...
  • Farmer’s Markets and Garage Sales
    Summer safety tips

    Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:55 CDT
    Category: General Health
    As summer approaches, the number of farmer’s markets, roadside food stands, and other outdoor markets grows. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that warmer weather makes it even more important to ensure food is properly transp...
  • Drowning Prevention Week June 15-21
    Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:27 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation June 16 declaring June 15 through 21 as Drowning Prevention Week....

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