The Dubuque County Health Department was established in 1968 with a mission to protect, promote, and enhance the health and well-being of all people and the environment in Dubuque County.  The Dubuque County Health Department currently subcontracts health services through the Visiting Nurse Association and Hillcrest Family Services.

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CHNAHIP - Community Health Needs Assessment & Health Improvement Planning


August 2, 2018

Patrice Lambert, Executive Director
Dubuque County Health Department

2019-2021 Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan Seeks Community Input

The Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA&HIP) is an assessment of local health needs and report identifying goals and strategies to meet those needs. Every three to five years, local health boards, in partnership with health care providers and community partners, lead a community-wide discussion with residents, business owners, and community stakeholders regarding the public health issues of the community. This process, and the resulting CHNA&HIP report, is required by the Iowa Department of Public Health to receive funding from the State to fulfill the duties of the Dubuque County Board of Health.  Hospitals and community health centers are also required to complete a CHNA&HIP.

The Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA&HIP) Steering Committee invite community input through comments on the needs, goals and action steps for the draft plan.  The Steering Committee consists of representatives from:

  • Dubuque County Health Department-Patrice Lambert
  • City of Dubuque Health Services Department-Mary Rose Corrigan
  • City of Dubuque Planning Services- Travis Schrobilgen
  • Visiting Nurse Association-Stacey Killian
  • Crescent Community Health Center-Angela Petsche
  • UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital-Jon Wilkes
  • Mercy Medical Center-Joe Norris and Matt Daughenbaugh

Four task forces addressed the focus areas of:

  • Healthy Behaviors and Lifestyles
  • Disease Infection Control
  • Healthcare Access
  • Environmental Health

Approximately 53 individuals representing 21 organizations participated in identifying strengths, assets, needs, weaknesses, goals and action steps.  The Steering Committee now seeks input on the proposed 2019-2021 CHNA-HIP through comments.

Click here to review the draft of the 2019-2021 Dubuque County Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan report

Please email any comments that you may have by FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018 to: