Health Policy


Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey (IHHS)

Data collection has been completed for the 2010 Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey (IHHS). The IHHS is a comprehensive, statewide effort to evaluate the health status, access to health care, and social environment of children and families in Iowa. The first IHHS was conducted in 2000 and the second in 2005. The survey instrument for the 2010 IHHS can be found below.


The primary goal of the Household Health Survey is to:
1) assess the health and well-being of children and families in Iowa
2) assess a set of early childhood issues
3) evaluate the health insurance coverage of children in Iowa and features of the uninsured
4) assess the health and well-being of racial and ethnic minority children in Iowa

Overall, children in Iowa appear to be healthy and well adjusted. Iowa continues to be one of the nation’s leaders in ensuring high health insurance coverage rates and access to medical services rates for children. However, certain segment of population, especially lower income children, have unmet health needs that should not be ignored. The findings provide important information to policy makers, health care consumers, health care providers and anyone interested in the health and well-being of children and families across the state.

[Note: The IHHS is a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Public Policy Center (PPC), and the Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC). Data is being collected by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavioral Research. Funding is provided by the IDPH, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).]

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