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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 10, 2005

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 2005 Iowa Health Fact Book, a broad-ranging report covering the health and health-related behaviors of Iowans.

The fact book, available in both printed and electronic formats, assembles health data on areas such as cancer and other chronic diseases, childhood blood lead poisoning, infectious diseases, injury, and prenatal and infant health. Information on Iowans' health and social behaviors, such as substance abuse, domestic abuse and driving-under-the-influence arrests, as well as data on the geographic distribution of health care providers and health care facilities throughout the state, are also provided. In most instances, data are presented at the county level.

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

"Compiling this information into one comprehensive publication fulfills an important public health purpose," Pendergast said. "The Health Fact Book serves Iowa's health care providers, health policymakers, public health practitioners and health educators and researchers alike by providing them with current statewide data."

The statewide data in the Iowa Health Fact Book also will benefit Iowa communities as they deal with local health concerns, according to Mary Mincer Hansen, Ph.D., director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

"Throughout its 125-year history, data collection has been a key function of the Iowa Department of Public Health," Hansen said. "We are pleased to partner with the University of Iowa in this project to give Iowa communities the data they need to mobilize and address key health issues."

Data were collected from state and national sources, including the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, the federal 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 2005 edition is the fifth in a series of Iowa Health Fact Book biennial publications. An electronic version of the report is available online at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/FACTBOOK/. 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.

Bound versions of the book are also available for $20, which includes shipping costs. Ordering information may be found on the Web site or by calling the Center for Public Health Statistics at 319-335-7005.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu