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IDPH News - IDPH Says Norovirus Behind Several Outbreaks

Over the past several weeks, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received numerous reports of diarrhea and vomiting outbreaks caused by norovirus. While norovirus activity occurs year-round, it is traditionally higher in the colder months because people are indoors more and in closer contact. Norovirus spreads very easily when people fail to stay home when ill with diarrhea or vomiting, and when they don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. It can also easily spread to large numbers of people and cause large outbreaks when people prepare food while ill with vomiting and diarrhea.

"Anyone with diarrhea or vomiting should not be handling any food items, regardless of how well they wash their hands," said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "That rule is important no matter if you’re cooking for two or 200, whether it’s a regular family meal or at a restaurant." Anyone with symptoms of norovirus should stay home from school, daycare, work or other events to help stop the spread to others. It’s also important that anyone who has been sick with symptoms of norovirus not prepare food for others for two days after their symptoms have gone away, since this virus can spread even after you start feeling better.

Symptoms of norovirus illness include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and low-grade fever. Although sometimes called the "stomach flu," noroviruses are not the same as influenza and are not prevented by receiving the flu vaccine. The illness typically lasts for about two days and victims usually recover completely with no long-term health effects. If ill, the most important thing to do is stay home and keep drinking fluids. The most common health complication from norovirus is dehydration.

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FT/PT Home Health Aide/Homemaker

Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care services is seeking a FT/PT Home Health Aide/Homemaker
  • to assist clients in Chickasw County area with personal cares, such as bathing, dressing,exercises, and other cares as supervised by a nurse
  • Assist clients in light housekeeping, laundry, meal prep, errands and shopping

Applicants requires a 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide Certificate, must be High School Graduate or GED. Able to work independently in a rewarding environment with daytime hours. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications are available online at or Applications can be picked up at the Auditor's off in the courthourse or at the Chickasaw County Public Health office.

Send completed application to the Chickasaw County Public Health and Home Care Services, P.O. Box 355, 260 East Prospect, New Hampton IA or the Auditor's Office, 8 East Prospect, New Hampton. E.O.E

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ACA Healthcare Reform Impact Study

As uninsured Iowans become enrolled in new health plan options available through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP) and the Marketplace, IDPH anticipates that some healthcare services the Department has historically funded may become covered benefits under new plans, changing the demand for IDPH-funded services.IDPH contracted with the Milliman actuarial firm to better understand the impact of state-level healthcare reform on certain IDPH programs and healthcare services. While the exact impacts of the ACA remain complex and difficult to predict, this ACA Impact Study represents an initial step in understanding the multiple complex considerations IDPH has identified related to the direct healthcare services the Department has historically funded, and will help IDPH quantify likely changes in the demand for its services and related program and funding implications. A summary of the Milliman study will be posted to the IDPH web page soon.

Check your inbox

The Title V Needs Assessment Prioritization Survey is now open for public input and will close December 8th. To ensure a comprehensive assessment of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) population needs, we are soliciting input from a wide variety of stakeholders. A survey link will be emailed to stakeholders this week. Participants will be provided with links to Data Detail Sheets to assist in learning about each topic area and the needs statements. Each need statement will be ranked using six criteria selected by the needs assessment team. Results of the prioritization survey will be used to direct the MCH and Child Health Specialty Clinic (CHSC) programs for the next five-year project period.

Get screened

The Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer program, the American Cancer Society, and the Iowa Cancer Consortium have launched a free online training to teach providers and healthcare professionals how to engage their entire staff, implement policy and system changes, utilize a continuous improvement model to measure practice progress, and receive useful tools and resources to help increase cancer screening rates in busy practices. This training uses interactive, audiovisual demonstrations to show providers how they can engage their entire staff to identify appropriate patients, provide recommended screenings and encourage timely follow-up for recommended cancer screenings.

Quality improvement success

The IDPH Ryan White Part B program kicked off its formal Quality Management Program by hosting the first quality management team meeting. The team will meet quarterly, and will examine performance measures and continuous quality improvement activities for the Ryan White Part B program.

All Title V contractors with a school-based dental sealant program will now use the same data recording system to submit standardized data to the IDPH Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems (Oral Health Center).This system was initially developed for sealant contractors in order to allow IDPH to have consistent reporting of the program results, oral health status, and other indicators. The data recording system has been fine-tuned and by extending it to the additional programs, it will provide a more comprehensive, statewide review about the program benefit and the oral health of Iowa schoolchildren.

Congrats and kudos

Gloria Vermie, director of the Iowa State Office of Rural Health, has received the Distinguished Andrew W. Nichols Awardfrom the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to NOSORH.

Binnie LeHew of the IDPH Sexual Violence Prevention program has begun a one-year term as President-Elect of the Safe States Alliance, representing injury and violence prevention professionals.

IDPH Communications Director Polly Carver-Kimm has been elected Vice-President of the National Public Health Information Coalition. She was also re-elected as Region 7 Director.

IDPH and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have received the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) award for the I-WALK program.  I-WALK has helped more than 30 Iowa communities assess their walkability infrastructure with the ultimate goal of initiating improvements.

IDPH Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Council Member Lou Ellen Brown has received the Karen Packer Award from the Iowa Cancer Consortium.

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