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University of Iowa News Release

March 3, 2004

New Hardin Library Web Site Delivers Iowa Public Health Information

The University of Iowa Hardin Library for Health Sciences has unveiled Iowa Public Health Information (IPHI), a new Web site designed to help Iowans prepare for public health emergencies and find information quickly. The site can be found at www.iowapublichealth.org.

"IPHI emphasizes local and state resources as well as provide links to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into one easy-to-use resource," said Jean Sayre, director of the Hardin Library.

The Web site started from a request by the CDC to develop a model of information delivery for public health that might be replicated in other states. In the future, the database framework for IPHI will be released to other libraries that want to develop similar services in their state.

The second phase of project involves training in 15 health department sites around the state. Public health staff will learn how to use the IPHI site and the NLM and CDC systems and resources. Hardin Librarians will spearhead this training effort.

The project was co-sponsored by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness, the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The project was undertaken with federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

"As a service to the state of Iowa, the Hardin Library staff will maintain the IPHI Web site as a stable and enduring information resource," said Sayre.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.