County Public Health and Home Care
Hometown Health Committee
In the 1988 landmark report The Future of Public Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) charges all public health agencies to regularly and systematically collect, assemble, analyze and make available information on the health of the community, including statistics on health status, community health needs, and disease related and other studies of health problems.
In response to these recommendations, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has developed a comprehensive reporting tool – the Community Health Needs Assessment & Health Improvement Plan (CHNA&HIP). The CHNA&HIP tool assists communities across Iowa with communicating their community health needs and planning initiatives.
The success of the CHNA & HIP initiative depends on an organized assessment and planning process conducted by the community. In order to better identify and address the health needs of Tama County, the Hometown Health Committee was formed.
The Hometown Health Committee consists of residents of communities throughout the county. Through committee meetings, members are updated on ongoing activities and how the goals of the Health Needs Assessment are being met. Committee members are asked to bring any concerns from their community to the meetings in order to assure the health needs of our county are being met.
The most recent and ongoing Health Improvement Plan (HIP) goal is to work to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in Tama County. To help meet that goal, the Tama County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition was formed. The coalition has been successful in addressing the problem of teen pregnancies in the county. A pregnancy prevention pilot program was implemented at the STC School District. The coalition was also instrumental in bringing Ted Sikes, a nationally know speaker, to do two assemblies that were held at the High School and Middle School along with a presentation for parents that was held last spring.
The Hometown Health Committee meets twice a year, usually in June and again in December.
If you would like more information or would like to be a part of the Hometown Health Committee, please contact Tama County Public Health & Home Care at 641-484-4788 or 1-866-484-4788.