After a year in development, the Iowa Public Health Information website, www.iowapublichealth.org, was released to the public on March 1, 2004. There were news releases and stories about IPHI published in the local, state and national media.The public health community responded with enthusiasm. One public health professional emailed “How can I and public health ever thank you, CDC, and your amazing staff for development of Iowa Public Health website? I have only begun to examine it, but find your code references comprehensive beyond my wildest expectations. I found the site to be fast, easy to use and almost overwhelming in information. Thank you for building a site to serve public health in Iowa with the highest quality information. You have set a model for the United States and the world.”
The next phase of the project involves training Iowa public health professionals in their home offices across the state. Training has been scheduled for the months of May and June and will cover using IPHI, the National Library of Medicine resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. If any University of Iowa faculty group would like a presentation on IPHI, please contact the Hardin Library at 335-9871.
This project has helped Hardin Library strengthen its connection with the public health community in Iowa. To maintain goodwill and trust, the Hardin Library has committed to maintaining and developing this resource as long as it is needed. Hardin Library is also releasing the database structure and documentation to any library staff that wants to create a similar resource in their home state.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. NO1-LM-3513.