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Grantee Information

Iowa Department of Public Health
312 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4904 (Phone)
(515) 242-6384 (Fax)

The Iowa Department of Public Health Office for Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) promotes and facilitates health equity for Iowa’s multicultural communities. It seeks to raise public awareness of health disparities, strengthen leadership for addressing health disparities, improve cultural competency and improve health care outcomes and access.

Grant Project Information

State of Iowa Office of Minority & Multicultural Health Partnership Initiative
Janice Edmunds-Wells
(515) 281-4904


The purpose of this State Partnership project is to build the capacity of health service providers to address health disparity issues. In Iowa, there are distinct differences in the health status between majority and minority populations. This project will develop coalitions and build cultural competency at the grassroots level through collaborative internal and external partnerships, trainings, workshops and meetings. The project will also mobilize communities within six local public health services regions, and provide leadership to collect and provide accurate data concerning the chronic diseases within minority populations. Toward the end of the project, a minority-disease-burden report will be developed and disseminated. The intended outcomes of this project include strengthening regional coalitions, with each receiving funds for regional activities that help them meet their goals, and to have multiple groups and organizations use the burden report to inform and develop local strategies for addressing health disparities. In order to determine if the outcomes are reached, an evaluation will be conducted to collect information on the participation in educational workshops, the impact of regional health coalitions and the number of workshops conducted. A participant satisfaction survey will be developed as part of data collection tools and an evaluation committee will review the process, outcome and impact reports to determine interview effectiveness.

OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:

  • Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):

Healthy People objectives were not specifically identified.

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