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UI receives grant to develop communication tools for Healthy Iowans
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has received a $50,000 federal
contract to help meet the information technology needs of Iowa's public
health professionals involved in Healthy Iowans 2010, a statewide effort
for health promotion and disease prevention.
The UI was one of 13 sites nationwide selected as part of "Partners
in Information Access," a joint project of the National Institutes
of Health, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the NLM's National Network
of Libraries of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Association of State
and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Association of County
and City Health Officials. More than $650,000 in contracts were awarded
to improve public health groups' access to information services and technology.
UI researchers and administrators from the Hardin Library for the Health
Sciences (HLHS) and the College of Medicine will work with the Iowa Department
of Public Health (IDPH) to identify and address the information needs of
public health workers involved in the planning, writing, disseminating
and support of Healthy Iowans 2010. Ed Holtum and Kara Logsden from the
HLHS, and Paul Pomrehn, M.D., UI associate professor of preventive medicine
and environmental health, will lead the project. The project will provide
ongoing support to the Healthy Iowans 2010 Work Group, the committee responsible
for planning and writing the Healthy Iowans 2010 document. The project
also provides training and support for community groups who are developing
Healthy Iowans 2010 plans on local levels.
Healthy Iowans 2010 is the state's contribution to Healthy People 2010,
the federal government's national public health plan coordinated by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. First organized in the 1990s
as Healthy People 2000, the plan calls for each state to contribute ideas
and initiatives for improving the health of all Americans.
The Healthy Iowans 2010 plan will cover nearly two dozen areas of public
health promotion, including physical activity, tobacco use, family planning,
nutrition, cancer, mental health and immunizations and infectious disease.
Each topic will have its own team with 10 to 40 members, led by a facilitator
from the IDPH and a team leader. The teams will work to identify public
health problems in each of the areas and develop intervention strategies
to address the problems. Their efforts will culminate in a Healthy Iowans
2010 plan that will be included in the national Healthy People 2010 plan
and will shape public health planning and interventions for Iowa in the
"This funding will provide the Healthy Iowans 2010 group with information
technology resources and training, as well as better ways to gather and
share information," Holtum said.
The project will provide access to health information resources at the
HLHS for all Healthy Iowans 2010 team members; develop a Healthy Iowans
2010 Web site; establish listservs to facilitate communications among team
members; provide connectivity to online resources for public health professionals
and the public; and provide technology training to team members. The project
also will create a Healthy Iowans 2010 display, which will be exhibited
at public health meetings around the state.