WRITER: DAN MCMILLAN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Iowa Health Fact Book now available
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A comprehensive report detailing the health status
of Iowans is now available to the public and to professionals interested
in public health issues in the state.
The 1997 Iowa Health Fact Book, sponsored by the UI College of Medicine
and the Iowa Department of Public Health, was first presented at a public
health conference in Des Moines earlier this month. It is a comprehensive
overview of the accessibility, quality and efficiency of health care delivery
at the county, state and regional level. In addition to general health
information, the report includes current data on cancer and other diseases,
injury, infectious diseases, youth health data, health care professional
distributions, and health facilities throughout the state.
The book was compiled by UI College of Medicine researchers who drew
from a wide variety of health data sources, including databases of the
Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Inspections and
Appeals, the State Health Registry, Kids Count, the UI Hygienic Laboratory
and the UI Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs.
"This document is designed as a resource for all Iowans concerned
with their health, the health of their community and the public health
of the state of Iowa," notes Dr. James Merchant, UI professor of preventive
medicine and environmental health, and internal medicine, and lead author
of the book.
The 1997 Iowa Health Fact Book is available from the UI at a cost of
$25. To order, contact Laurie Walkner at (319) 335-4203. The book is also
available free via the Internet at http://info.pmeh.uiowa.edu/iowahealth.
By accessing the Internet site, users can manipulate data according to
their specific needs. For example, a user could compare the incidence of
farm fatalities or the number of social workers in their county to corresponding
figures for adjacent counties or counties of similar size. The Internet
site will be updated regularly.