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Release:  Nov. 8, 1999

UI, Public Health Department to survey Iowa families' health needs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa researchers next summer will begin a statewide telephone survey of Iowa families with children to determine their health status and health care needs.

The study, to be conducted by researchers at the UI Public Policy Center, was funded through the Iowa Department of Public Health and the UI Child Health Specialty Clinics by a grant from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Over the next two years, more than 3,600 telephone interviews will be conducted and analyzed. Care will be taken to include families of children with special health care needs, racial and ethnic minorities, and families who have no telephone service.

The survey results will be used to help develop future child health services and systems.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information on this survey, contact the UI Public Policy Center at (319) 335-6815.)

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