AMES, Iowa – The latest Health Data for Decision Makers reports are available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Available on the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Program website, these reports provide essential health-related data for Iowa’s counties that are crucial for public health planning and action. The updated DDM reports, drawing from over 15 reputable health-related sources, offer a comprehensive profile of health indicators, including causes of death, disease statistics and socioeconomic factors. The reports highlight county trends and enable comparisons among counties within the state, and rural and urban areas.
The data and technology team with ISU Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development unit produced the reports. Sandra Burke, a sociologist and extension research scientist, stated, "The updated DDM reports continue our commitment to providing timely, accurate and comprehensive health data to the decision makers of Iowa."
"The integrity of our sources is critical to the DDM reports," Burke noted. "We aim to give decision makers a broad picture of the county’s health, which is essential for informed policymaking and effective public health interventions."
These annual reports are a key resource for public health officials, with the latest data reflecting the evolving health landscape of Iowa's communities. “These data are not just numbers on a page; they are indicators of the vitality and challenges within our communities," said Burke.
More information and access to the Health Data for Decision Makers reports are available on the ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Program website.