Governmental Public Health

Iowa’s governmental public health system involves the state board of health, the state public health agency Iowa Health & Human Services and other state-level agencies. Their missions involve promoting health, along with local boards of health and public health departments.

In Iowa, local boards of health contract with agencies to provide local public health services. This contract is often offered to a standalone local public health department, however, sometimes hospitals or other agencies operate the local public health contract. Local public health departments offer varying levels of programming/public health services. They are funded via the Local Public Health Services grant in the State of Iowa general fund, but many also receive additional grants and service agreements through specific programs or other grant mechanisms. Iowa’s local public health departments are a mix of community-based and hospital-based agencies.

Iowa’s three state universities are also technically state agencies and thus are part of the governmental public health system. Each institution has individual assets that contribute to the overall strength of Iowa’s public health system. The State Hygienic Laboratory serves as Iowa’s public health laboratory.




Non-Governmental Public Health

Iowa’s non-governmental public health system involves national, affiliate, and community-based not-for-profit organizations, funders/philanthropy, healthcare agencies, and non-public higher education institutions that contribute to the public health workforce.

Additional Resources

  • Iowa Health & Human Services
    Iowa HHS offers resources and support to local public health entities across the state of Iowa. They are the administrator for Iowa’s local public health services grant funding.
  • Iowa Public Health Leadership Academy
    A training resource for local boards of health and local public health officials in Iowa from the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, IDPH, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Counties.
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
    NACCHO offers a variety of information and resources to local public health officials, as well as opportunities to get involved with national level public health advocacy.
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