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Aug. 7, 2007

Updated Fact Book Profiles Health Of Iowans

The University of Iowa College of Public Health, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health, has released the 2007 Iowa Health Fact Book, a broad-ranging report covering the health and health-related behaviors of Iowans.

The fact book, available in both printed and electronic formats, assembles health data on areas such as prenatal and infant health, infectious diseases, cancer and other chronic diseases, injury, and childhood blood lead poisoning. Population totals and age distributions as well as health and social behaviors are also presented. In most cases, data are presented at the county level.

The book includes an update of several leading goals of Healthy Iowans 2010, a state-specific strategic plan to help improve the health of Iowans. The book also provides a geographic distribution of health care providers and health care facilities throughout the state. Much of the data are tracked longitudinally so that readers can follow how Iowans have changed over time.

Jane Pendergast, Ph.D., UI professor of biostatistics, and Jacob Oleson, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of biostatistics, led development of the publication on behalf of the UI Center for Public Health Statistics. Jill France, chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics, and Deb Roeder, the bureau's project manager, led development on behalf of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The book serves Iowa's health care providers, health policymakers, public health practitioners and health educators and researchers by providing them with current statewide data.

"For many, it is an important and basic tool for use in Iowa's counties to track their health progress and how they relate to other counties on specific concerns," Oleson said. "It helps them determine where they are making progress over time and where they need to direct or redirect efforts."

Data were collected from state and national sources, including the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Census Bureau. The UI-based State Health Registry of Iowa, the Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders, and the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs also provided data and analyses.

The 2007 edition is the sixth in a series of Iowa Health Fact Book biennial publications. An electronic version of the report is available online at Previous editions of the Iowa Health Fact Book are available on this site as well. Users may download and print pages of the book from this site.

Hard copies of the book and the CD are available free of charge while supplies last. Those who are interested should contact the Center for Public Health Statistics at or 319-335-7005.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Writer: Brandy Huseman.