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

  • IDPH Recognizes STD Awareness Month
    Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:16 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month....
  • Underage Drinking in Iowa
    Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:40 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in Iowa....
  • Healthy Iowa Award Winners Announced
    Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:38 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Healthiest State Initiative will recognize the outstanding achievements of schools, businesses, individuals, colleges, and universities leading Iowa’s charge in advancing well-being tonight during the Heal...
  • Iowa to Implement Electronic Death Registration System
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:08 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health will implement Iowa’s Electronic Death Registration System April 21 in an effort to increase the speed and accuracy of death reporting across the state....
  • Binge Drinking in Iowa
    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:39 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Binge drinking is a problem in Iowa, affecting people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds....
  • IDPH Releases Healthy Iowans Progress Report 2014
    Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:51 CDT
    Category: General Health
    As part of National Public Health Week 2014, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a report on recent progress the state has been making to improve the health of Iowans....
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month
    Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:39 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is joining in the national recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month....
  • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
    Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:36 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    This March, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa join the United States Brain Injury Alliance in promoting Brain Injury Awareness Month....
  • Navigate Problem Gambling
    Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:19 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    According to the American Gaming Association, the first four days of the men’s NCAA “March Madness” college basketball tournament bring in some of the highest sports wagering of the year....
  • Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
    Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:53 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    Fueling your body with nutritious foods is a key part of healthy living, and eating right will give you the energy to tackle your hectic schedule with oomph to spare....
  • IDPH Nominates Two Iowa Groups for Radon Work
    Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:51 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    The IDPH Radon Program recently nominated two organizations for their work in radon awareness, education, and mitigation....
  • Celebrate March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:48 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The statistics are sobering. The Colon Cancer Coalition says 90 percent of colon cancers caught in late stages are not survivable....
  • Iowa Health Information Network Joins Mid-States Consortium of Health Information Organizations
    Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:44 CST
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Health Information Network joined forces with 15 health information organizations (HIOs) across the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states today in a move to address data exchange challenges across state lines....
  • Get Up and Move: Workplace Workouts Can Lead to Better Health
    Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:38 CST
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    A lifestyle without regular physical activity has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular illness, cancer, osteoporosis, and other debilitating conditions....
  • Is Your Valentine Healthy for You?
    Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:24 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Research tells us that our relationships affect our health. A 2013 survey done by the Iowa Department of Public Health found that adults who experienced abuse or other adverse experiences growing up were up to four times more likely to develop...
  • I-Smile Promotes National Children’s Dental Health Month
    Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:31 CST
    Category: General Health
    Designated by the American Dental Association as National Children’s Dental Health Month, February is a great time to get young ones excited about taking care of their smiles....
  • IDPH Promotes Live Healthy Iowa's 10 Week Challenge
    Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:47 CST
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Community Transformation Grant has partnered with the Iowa Sports Foundation to promote Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Challenge....
  • Influenza Deaths Reported in Iowa
    Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:50 CST
    Category: General Health
    An influenza-related death in a healthy Iowa child (0 to 17 years of age) has been reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health....
  • The 'Gift' That Keeps on Giving: Norovirus
    Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:23 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    In the past week, the Iowa Department of Public Health has received reports of six outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting probably caused by norovirus....
  • Does Holiday Drinking “Change You?”
    Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:40 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health has launched a media campaign in 23 counties targeting binge drinking prevention, with a focus on the way it can change a child’s view of their parent....
  • IDPH Dental Sealant Program Expands
    Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:38 CST
    Category: General Health
    IDPH Dental Sealant Program Expands...
  • Keep the Holidays Healthy
    Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:34 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Keep the Holidays Healthy...
  • Food Safety for Thanksgiving – Avoid the Turkey Trots
    Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:47 CST
    Category: Food Safety
    The Iowa Department of Public Health reminds Iowans to take special care when preparing foods for Thanksgiving....
  • 1-800-BETS-OFF Adds Live Chat Feature
    Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:31 CST
    Category: Behavioral Health
    During the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, visitors to the web site will be able to click on a chat icon to be connected to a trained problem gambling counselor....
  • Quitline Iowa Offers Support for Great American Smokeout Participants
    Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:56 CST
    Category: General Health
    As part of a new expanded offering that began in October, any participant who enrolls could be eligible for eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy, either patches, gum or lozenges....
  • Get Smart About Antibiotics
    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Antibiotic resistance happens when a germ changes and no longer is stopped or killed by an antibiotic....
  • Iowa Joins National Rural Health Day Recognition
    Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:04 CST
    Category: Environmental Health
    Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation on Thursday, November 14 designating November 21 as Rural Health Day 2013....
  • Colorectal Cancer Screenings Vital, but Underused
    Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:02 CST
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    Testing for colorectal cancer (colonoscopy and stool tests) saves lives, but only if people get tested. The CDC report released today shows about one in three adults between the ages of 50 and 75 years old is not getting tested as recommended....
  • Three Strains of Influenza Identified in Iowa
    Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:07 CST
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The identification of three circulating strains means that without a flu vaccination, an individual could become ill with the flu three different times....
  • IDPH Receives Grant to Transition to Electronic WIC Benefits
    Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:43 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    $5.3 million grant will move WIC from paper to plastic...
  • IDPH Doubles Nicotine Replacement Therapy Offer
    Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:14 CDT
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    Enrollment in Quitline Iowa now offers eight weeks of free NRT...
  • Bats, Bugs and Barf – Public Health Can be Scary
    Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:49 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Halloween is a once-a-year event that focuses on the frightful; in public health, epidemiologists deal with scary situations every day....
  • Flu Circulating in Iowa
    Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:02 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Vaccination and Personal Hygiene Urged...
  • IDPH Receives Nearly Half-Million Dollar Suicide Prevention Grant
    Tue, 08 Oct 2013 08:46 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    According to IDPH, 381 Iowans committed suicide in 2012, making it the tenth leading cause of death in the state....
  • Iowa Health Information Network Extends Across State Borders
    Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:25 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) has made the leap across state lines to connect with our regional partners and their e-Health efforts....
  • Update: Federal Shutdown’s Affect on Iowa WIC Program
    Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:31 CDT
    Category: Nutrition and Health Promotion
    Federal Shutdown’s Affect on Iowa WIC Program...
  • Healthiest State Walk Slated for October 9
    Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:16 CDT
    Category: General Health
    IDPH encourages all Iowans to participate...
  • It’s Not Too Early: Get Your Flu Vaccination Now
    Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:43 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    What will the upcoming flu season be like? No one can predict that, but one thing is certain: your best defense against getting the flu is an annual vaccination....
  • State Declaration Honors Disease Prevention Specialists
    Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:12 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    DPS are the cornerstone of prevention and control efforts for HIV and other STDs in Iowa...
  • What Makes Iowans Sick?
    Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:55 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    In 2012, more than 79,000 reports of infectious disease were submitted to the IDPH disease surveillance programs and approximately 100,000 blood lead test results were reported to IDPH last year....
  • Major Health Systems Join Iowa Health Information Network
    Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:17 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Iowa’s movement into the use of electronic health records has reached a milestone as three major health systems have signed participation agreements with the Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN) and another facility becomes the first to go live...
  • Falls Prevention Day Events Scheduled at State Capitol
    Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:44 CDT
    Category: General Health
    “Iowa averages 2,000 fall-related deaths each year,” said IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “Among Iowa’s older citizens, falls are the leading cause of hospitalization and death – yet falls can be prevented.”...
  • West Nile Virus Still Circulating in Iowa
    Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:35 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    With cooler weather on the way, the Iowa Department of Public Health reminds Iowans that while mosquito activity may appear to be low because of the lengthy drought, cases of West Nile virus are consistent with recent years....
  • IDPH Joins National Newborn Screening Recognition
    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:02 CDT
    Category: General Health
    September is National Newborn Screening Awareness month and September 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the national newborn screening program....
  • Eastern Iowa Water Park Closed
    Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:38 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    The Wasserbahn Waterpark at the Clarion Inn in Williamsburg has agreed to immediately close its activity pool, wading pool, water slides, and spa as part of a Consent Agreement entered into with the Iowa Department of Public Health....
  • IDPH Launches Public Health Tracking Tool
    Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:28 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    IPHT is a state of the art environmental and public health tracking program, and part of a national initiative led by the CDC to close the gap in what is known about the impact of environmental hazards on health....
  • IDPH Receives $1.8 Million for Dental Initiatives
    Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:25 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The IDPH has received a grant totaling $1.8 million over five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help improve the oral health of Iowa’s children and adults who are most at risk for oral diseases like tooth decay....
  • College Binge Drinking: Consequences can be Deadly
    Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:58 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Young people, especially in college settings, have long been known for partying and occasionally over-drinking. This excessive drinking, however, is not just fun and games. It can lead to health problems, risky behaviors, and sexual assaults....
  • Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover
    Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:02 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    September is National Recovery Month...
  • Heat Warning Issued – Take Precautions to Protect Your Health
    Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:26 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Even young and healthy Iowans can be affected by high heat...
  • Too Sick for School?
    Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:07 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourages parents to keep their children home from school when ill not only for their own child’s health, but to avoid the spread of disease to other students....
  • Iowa Adult Obesity Rate Stable, but Still High
    Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:53 CDT
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    “It’s encouraging to see obesity rates stabilizing,” said Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “However, it is clear obesity is still a major health concern in Iowa."...
  • Another Diarrheal Illness Increases Across Iowa
    Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:08 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Of the 358 cases of Crypto reported to IDPH so far this year, 272 cases have occurred since June 1. An additional 138 cases are currently under investigation....
  • Obesity Rate Declines Among Low-Income Iowa Preschoolers
    Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:45 CDT
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    State, local, business collaboration aids health improvements...
  • Cyclospora Outbreak Slows in Iowa
    Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:50 CDT
    Category: Food Safety
    Investigation offers glimpse into how public health works...
  • Update on Iowa Cyclospora Illness Outbreak
    Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:58 CDT
    Category: Food Safety
    The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals issued the following press release today...
  • IDPH Investigates Increase in Salmonella Cases
    Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:40 CDT
    Category: Food Safety
    Over the past several weeks, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local public health agencies have received 26 reports in 19 counties of illness linked to a relatively uncommon strain of Salmonella....
  • Use Summer to Update Vaccinations
    Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:14 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH urges parents to also use this time to ensure their child’s immunizations are up-to-date in preparation for going back to school. Iowa law requires children to receive immunizations prior to attending a licensed child care center or school....
  • IDPH Reminds RAGBRAI Riders to Be Sun-Safe
    Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:53 CDT
    Category: General Health
    IDPH reminds participants and volunteers along the route to protect themselves from the sun and heat....
  • Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Focuses on Finding Source
    Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:41 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH continues to receive reports of confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection and interview those who are ill, but numbers are decreasing. Now the investigation focuses primarily on determining the source of the contamination....
  • IDPH Cyclospora Case Count Update
    Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:21 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    87 cases reported to date...
  • IDPH Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Update
    Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:43 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH continues to receive reports of confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection, but numbers are decreasing....
  • IDPH Cyclospora Case Count Update
    Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:29 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    71 cases of cyclosporiasis identified in Iowa...
  • IDPH Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Update
    Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:01 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    As of today, July 13, 60 cases of Cyclospora infections have been reported to IDPH...
  • IDPH Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Continues
    Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:49 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    As of today, July 12, 45 cases of Cyclospora infections have been reported to IDPH...
  • IDPH Investigates Intestinal Illness
    Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:15 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    As of today, July 8, 22 cases of Cyclospora infections have been reported to IDPH...
  • First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2013 in Iowa
    Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:13 CDT
    Category: General Health
    IDPH today announced the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus disease in Iowa of 2013. The case is a male middle-aged adult (41 to 60 years of age) from Linn County, who is recovering....
  • IDPH Extends Free Nicotine Replacement Offer
    Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:34 CDT
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    “We are happy to announce an extension of this offer – four weeks of free NRT will now be available through Quitline through December 31, 2013,” said IDPH Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Division Director Meghan O’Brien....
  • Video Contest Encourages Awareness of Health Insurance for Teens
    Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:31 CDT
    Category: General Health
    The Iowa Department of Public Health is sponsoring a video contest for teenagers as part of Health Insurance for Teens (HIT) Week, August 11th through 17th....
  • Six Iowa Communities Honored for Fluoridation
    Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:08 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Six Iowa water systems have been awarded fluoride certificates by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Dental Association (ADA)....
  • Keeping Your Holiday Healthy
    Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:02 CDT
    Category: Food Safety
    As the Independence Day holiday nears, the Iowa Department of Public Health reminds Iowans to keep food safety in mind at picnics and barbeques....
  • Healthy Iowans Plan Update Shows Progress, Challenges
    Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:28 CDT
    Category: General Health
    Healthy Iowans: Iowa’s Health Improvement Plan 2012-2016 is IDPH’s roadmap to advance the health of Iowans. The 2013 progress report addresses 143 objectives and strategies....
  • Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner Achieves Re-Accreditation
    Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:21 CDT
    Category: General Health
    In order to obtain accreditation, the office underwent a rigorous onsite inspection of the facility and a review of laboratory practices, policies and procedures by a group of medical examiner peers...
  • Talk. They Hear You.
    Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:49 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Studies show summer is the time children might experiment with alcohol – in fact, the chances your child will try alcohol for the first time doubles in the summer....
  • Enjoy the Outdoors; Be Mindful of Ticks
    Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:22 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    IDPH encourages Iowans to take advantage of the many opportunities to become more active outdoors, and also reminds Iowans to protect themselves against tick bites....
  • National HIV/AIDS Leadership Award to IDPH’s Mayer
    Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:42 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) HIV, STD and Hepatitis Bureau Chief Randy Mayer is a recipient of the 2013 Nicholas A. Rango Leadership Award....
  • Governor Branstad Proclaims Drowning Prevention Week
    Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:07 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation declaring June 17 through 23 as Drowning Prevention Week in Iowa....
  • IDPH Offers Free Nicotine Replacement Patches and Gum during June
    Fri, 31 May 2013 15:52 CDT
    Category: General Health
    During the entire month of June, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in the form of patches and gum to Iowa smokers who choose to make a quit attempt using Quitline Iowa. Quitl...
  • Enjoy the Outdoors; Be Mindful of Ticks
    Thu, 23 May 2013 08:49 CDT
    Category: Infectious Disease Prevention
    Lyme disease among those carried by ticks...
  • Recreational Water Illness: Are You to Blame?
    Wed, 15 May 2013 10:23 CDT
    Category: Environmental Health
    Every year, IDPH investigates hundreds of cases of recreational water illnesses (RWIs), which are caused by germs found in places where we swim....
  • Your Voice. Your Choice. Make a Difference.
    Tue, 14 May 2013 09:17 CDT
    Category: Behavioral Health
    IDPH joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in recognizing May 12 through 18 as National Prevention Week....
  • IDPH Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month
    Wed, 01 May 2013 11:03 CDT
    Category: Chronic Disease Prevention
    Approximately 60,000 Iowans were told by a doctor they had suffered a stroke in 2011, and while the death rate from stroke has been decreasing, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Iowa....

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