Iowa Household Health Survey 2010 Results


Results are out 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. 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. At least three federal grant programs will use the data as baseline information in assessing the effectiveness of their intervention programs.

The IHHS study was featured as a lead story in IowaNow, and principal investigator Peter Damiano was interviewed by WHO radio and KGAN TV to discuss its implications. Dr. Damiano was also featured on Iowa Public Radio's segment, "Talk of Iowa" with host Charity Nebbe on Tuesday, August 21st.

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).