At least every five years the Dubuque County Board of Health leads a  community-wide discussion with stakeholders and residents about the  community’s health needs. After identifying needs in the community, the next step is to identify objectives and strategies to address those needs. This process is called the Community Health Needs Assessment & Health Improvement Planning (CHNA & HIP). Through the Community Health Needs Assessment process, Dubuque County Public Health identified two main areas of focus for its Health Improvement Plan: Healthy Living and Environmental Health.

“An electronic survey was distributed throughout the County to gather initial input and insight into health issues. The survey received 1,067 responses from all across Dubuque County.  From that information, along with State and County data, four task forces were formed: Healthy Behaviors, Preventing the Spread of Disease, Transitions of Care and Environmental Health,” said Dubuque County Health Department Executive Director Patrice Lambert.


According to data related to Dubuque County:

  • Dubuque County is ranked thirteen best of Iowa’s 99 counties for Healthy Behaviors
  • 29% of adults in Dubuque County are obese, compared to 26% four years ago
  • Rate of Primary Care Providers for Dubuque County is 1,229:1,compared to the State average of 1,386:1
  • The County electronic survey revealed much interest in walking and biking paths and their connections throughout the County
  • Dubuque County and the entire State of Iowa is a red-zone for radon, meaning there is a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L
“We are asking for residents, health care providers, community based organizations, schools, businesses and other organizations assistance in implementing strategies to address these issues,” said Lambert. “Everyone is welcome and encouraged to work towards achieving the goals outlined in the plan. The needs outlined can help the community direct their efforts and resources toward these common goals.”