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Aug. 12, 2009

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 2009 Iowa Health Fact Book, a broad-ranging report covering the health and health-related behaviors of Iowans.

The fact book, available in both print and electronic formats, assembles health data on areas such as prenatal and infant health, infectious diseases, cancer and other chronic diseases, injury, and childhood lead poisoning. Health and social behaviors and population totals and age distributions are also presented. Most of the data sets are presented by county.

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' health and behaviors have changed over time.

New to the Iowa Health Fact Book this year is a section called "The Social Determinants of Health," which focuses on behavioral conditions that affect health and coincide with the upcoming release of Healthy People 2020.

Jacob Oleson, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of biostatistics, and Jane Pendergast, Ph.D., UI 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 Donna Johnson, the bureau's project manager, led development on behalf of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

"The Iowa Health Fact Book serves health practitioners, policymakers, providers and researchers across the state. Researchers use the numbers to look for trends and anomalies within the population," Oleson said. "We hope this latest fact book will again aid public health practitioners in grant proposals, presentations and summaries for their local areas to compare and contrast with their neighbors."

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 2009 edition is the seventh 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 and CDs of the book 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: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Fletcher, 319-384-4277, Writer: Jillian Chrischilles

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