Public Health Data Needs Assessment
The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) was contracted by the Iowa Department of Public Health in October 2016 to conduct a public health data needs assessment to better understand the needs of stakeholders and the role of the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal. A mixed methods assessment that engaged multiple stakeholders, from multiple sectors through a combination of on-line surveys, focus group sessions, individual interviews and portal analytics was conducted. The results of this assessment include short term and long-term recommendations to guide further development and resource assignment to the public health data needs of stakeholders.
Strategic Leadership Research Project, Population Prescriptions: A learning Population Health System for Reducing the Burden of Cancer Establishing the necessary infrastructure to store, analyze, integrate and access large amounts of data is a challenge, especially regarding the millions of data points that are collected on patients annually in order to diagnose and treat cancer. Mining and visualizing this data in order to best understand it from the clinical, the research and the patient perspectives is a challenge across the health systems. This project is working to integrate cancer research resources with real-world public health and clinical care settings in order to routinely identify and deliver effective interventions for cancer prevention, risk assessment, screening, prognosis, treatment and survivorship.
A Study of the Impact of Iowa Health Link on Beneficiaries and Providers
Starting in April 2016, nearly all of Iowa’s Medicaid beneficiaries joined one of three managed care organizations (MCOs) in Iowa. Interacting with beneficiaries and managing provider networks became the sole responsibility of the MCOs. The state of Iowa’s decision to include nearly all Medicaid beneficiaries in the managed care program, known as the Iowa Health Link, is a departure from the way many other states handled at-risk populations in terms of managed care. The effects of this transition and the new program on special needs populations, including the disabled, those with behavioral health issues, and those dual-eligible for Medicare, are of critical interest to the health care and health policy communities at the state and national levels. The goal of this study is to evaluate the managed care experience to date for these at-risk populations by focusing on three overarching themes that include, utilization of key services, overall access to care, and quality of care.