Health Promotion

Many diseases and injuries are preventable.The Assessment & Health Promotion Division (AHP) at Linn County Public Health provides multiple services to improve the health and well-being of Linn County residents. AHP provides services to assess community health needs, provides technical assistance, and implements sustainable change for population health at the individual, organizational, community and policy levels. AHP seeks to improve the health of Linn County and Iowa residents where they work and live. Below are some examples of AHP projects and efforts.

Assess, Plan & Implement

AHP assesses and implements strategies targeting high risk health issues relevant to the community. AHP assists in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and a Health Improvement Plan (HIP) process, which identifies health priorities and ways to improve health. To address many of the health issues identified in the Health Improvement Plan, Linn County Public Health takes an active role in many local coalitions (groups of individuals and organizations that work together to achieve a common goal). In addition to the 5 year CHNA-HIP assessment, AHP develops an annual CHNA-HIP report card to assess our progress toward addressing the individual indicators identified in the Health Improvement Plan. For more information about how you can get involved in local coalitions, please call 319.892.6065.

AHP works toward the implementation of policy and environmental changes that promote the health and well-being of Iowans. Policy changes may include multiple components that contribute to community health, such as the adoption of a smoke-free policy at a worksite or within multi-unit housing properties. Environmental changes refer to changes to the built environment within a community, such as improvements to streets and sidewalks or addition of bike racks in a common area within the community. Changes to the built environment seek to improve walking and biking capability and allow community members to move around in the community with greater ease.  

Free Worksite Wellness Assessments

AHP provides technical assistance to worksites to improve wellness and employee health. A trained workforce wellness consultant from AHP conducts a worksite assessment to identify potential areas for improvement. Worksites that participate are entered in the annual Corridor Worksite Wellness Awards. For more information about the Corridor Worksite Wellness Awards, click here. The awards are organized by a group called the Corridor Worksite Wellness Committee. Worksites in Linn and Johnson Counties are welcome to participate.

Let's Move! Linn County

AHP is helping implement the Let's Move! Linn County initiate. For more information, click here.

Health of Linn County Report

AHP assisted in the created on the Health in Linn County report. To read the entire report, click here.

General Tips: Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in Linn County.

Some effective methods of prevention include:
AHP works to ensure where people are born, live, work, play and age are supportive of health and healthy choices.

For people who have chronic diseases or issues, it is essential to take control of your health in order to reduce the risk of further complications. A couple of simple ways to reverse the effects of chronic issues such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or heart disease is through increased levels of physical activity, improving dietary intake, stop smoking, and through self-management of your condition. If needed, additional assistance in developing the skills necessary to manage and live with your chronic condition can be provided through involvement with the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program or working with a healthcare professional.

More Information

For information about available resources in Linn County, check out Linn County Community Services Resource Sheets or use United Way's 2-1-1 free informational phone service to help connect you to local services.