AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Indicators Program has released its latest publication in the Data for Decision Makers publication series. County health profile reports are now available at http://indicators.extension.iastate.edu/county-health-data-decision-makers.
A wide range of health data and information at the county level are included to help residents, health providers and policy makers understand the health situations and health needs of residents. The reports provide a starting point for discussions on health issues and a guide for health needs, and may help shape future programming and policies. The reports are updated annually to provide the most current set of indicators and can be used to compare across counties, regions and the state.
The County Health Data for Decision Makers reports were created in partnership with Iowa State University’s Translational Research Network (U-TuRN). U-TuRN’s goal is to facilitate the adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidence-based programming in community settings. The network is working to build partnerships across the state to help to promote more effective, team-based approaches to community health issues and needs.
U-TuRN is currently enrolling community-based partners in pilot projects to understand how to best support community organizations in their efforts to address critical health issues across Iowa. One of these county partnership opportunities is to develop a customized County Health Data for Decision Makers report that includes additional localized health data, customized layout, contact information and an opportunity to pilot new technologies allowing for continual data integration.