Electronic Cigarette Position Statement

Electronic cigarette position statement 2-18-14[3]


A Review of E-cigarettes

E-cigarette Review JC BOH 1-23-14[6]

 


Sustain and Provide More Flexibility to the Local Public Health Services Grant Funding Policy Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Sustain and Provide More Flexibility to the Local Public Health Services Grant Funding

Policy Statement

 

Background

The Local Public Health Services Grant (LPHSG) is the single largest source of State funding provided to local Boards of Health.  These funds primarily provide in-home services intended to assist elderly residents to remain in their homes.  Funds may also be used for a variety of purposes including disease follow up, health promotion, organizational capacity and community needs assessment.  

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Public Health Modernization In Iowa Policy Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Public Health Modernization In Iowa

Policy Statement

Public Health Modernization:  (Doug)

Allow IDPH to have a fund to support PHM activities.  Keep the funding separate.  Do not increase mandates if access to the funding.  Volunteer to enroll in the funding opportunity.

Support for Public Health Modernization at the State and Local Level:

 

Background

For nearly a decade Iowa has been developing a set of standards for public health performance in order to articulate what all Iowans should be able to expect from their public health system.  The standards were adopted in 2009 and with revisions adopted 2011 based on feedback from pilot test sites.  The standards, which are voluntary, now include sample metrics and guidance to aid local Boards of Health and local public health agencies in meeting these standards.  Passage of the Public Health Modernization Act in 2009 allowed IDPH to establish a Modernization Fund and directed the department to develop rules to, among other things, implement an accreditation process and evaluate the effect of the new standards. Read the rest of this entry »


Position Statement on Dissolvable Tobacco Products

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Dissolvable Tobacco Products

Position Statement

 

Background:

In response to increasing restrictions on the use of cigarettes and other products limited by the implementation of smoke-free air acts in multiple states, the tobacco industry has produced and begun to distribute new dissolvable products including Orbs, Strips, and Sticks, and Ariva and Stonewall tablets.  Flavored tobacco products are considered the potential third wave of tobacco addiction. Concerns regarding the potential health impacts of these products include the following.

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Casino Loophole In Smokefree Air Act Position Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Casino Loophole In Smokefree Air Act

Position Statement

 

Background:

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that causes lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory illness in nonsmokers. Since July 2008, Iowans have been breathing easier while enjoying smoke-free workplaces, bars and restaurants and the related health benefits. Unfortunately, casino employees and patrons continue to be exposed to deadly secondhand smoke on casino floors.

ICPHA recognizes the Casino loophole in the 2008 Smoke Free Air Act (SFAA) as a continuous threat to Iowa’s workforce, consumers, and progression toward decreasing chronic diseases related to tobacco use and inhalation of secondhand smoke.

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Increase Local Public Health Funding Without Increasing State Tax Dollar Appropriations Position Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

 Increase Local Public Health Funding Without Increasing State Tax Dollar Appropriations

 Position Statement

 

Background

Funding from state agencies to local public health agencies programs and service activities continue to decrease annually though the needs of Iowans increase. Local public health agencies are the primary service providers to Iowans while the state agency’s primary responsibilities are to manage funding contracts and serve as fiscal pass through. (Example: H1N1 vaccine response, disaster response, in-home care, breast and cervical cancer screening, childhood lead poisoning, tobacco to list a few of many programs). Adequate funding is not reaching the local public health agencies to provide services as substantial portions of funding remain at the state agency level. The current system forces local public health agencies to choose between decreasing services or increase local tax dollar support to maintain level of services. It is time to evaluate the state and local public health funding system if Iowa is to ever achieve the healthiest state initiative goal. Time is of essence to evaluate the current state to local public health program funding system and determine if the percent ratio of state to local appropriations for services are providing the maximum services for the dollars invested. Read the rest of this entry »


Position Statement on Sales of Raw Milk

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Sales of Raw Milk

Position Statement

 

Background:

Raw milk can contain a variety of disease-causing pathogens, as demonstrated by numerous scientific studies. Raw milk can host various human pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7,

Salmonella, Streptococcus spp. Yersinia enterocolitica, Campylobacter jejuni, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Coxiella burnetti to name a few. Even under ideal hygienic conditions for the collection and packaging of raw milk, the probability of contamination is high. These disease agents are capable of causing severe and even life-threatening illness in humans, particularly the very young, the old, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. While raw milk represents less than 1% of all milk consumed in the US, it is responsible for virtually all milk-related disease outbreaks. Read the rest of this entry »


Position Statement on HELMET USAGE BY MOTORCYCLE AND MOTORIZED BICYCLE OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

HELMET USAGE BY MOTORCYCLE AND MOTORIZED BICYCLE OPERATORS AND PASSENGERS

Position Statement

Background:

Preventing serious injuries and deaths from motorcycle crashes is a major and growing public health concern.

Consider that:

  • Motorcycle crashes killed 4,502 people in 2010.
  • Motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000.
  • Motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths totaled $12 billion in one year, in medical care costs and productivity losses.

The good news is that riders—and their passengers—can protect themselves by wearing helmets. Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders and 41 percent of crash deaths for motorcycle passengers.

Annual cost savings in states with universal motorcycle helmet laws were nearly four times greater (per registered motorcycle) than in states without these comprehensive laws, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Universal helmet laws require that motorcycle riders and passengers wear a helmet every time they ride. Read the rest of this entry »


Food Code Licensing Fees Position Statement

Iowa Counties Public Health Association

Food Code Licensing Fees

Position Statement

 

Background:

There is more to the Iowa food program than simply conducting a food safety evaluation. It also requires working with the establishment to develop a corrective action plan, conducting a follow up visit to make sure all items not in compliance have been corrected and investigating complaints from the public. Staff must also conduct plan reviews and on-site visits prior to the opening of an establishment, and review documentation to ensure establishment is in compliance with its operating procedures and any variances granted by the state. Read the rest of this entry »