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State Profile

Iowa

Population (2019): 3,155 million

Iowa’s public health outcomes stack up unevenly against those of the United States, and it has not taken several steps that would strengthen its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide trail the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate a mixed picture, with the percentage of adults with obesity higher than the U.S. median, even as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank in the middle of the pack. Finally, the state achieved a score of four out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Iowa at a glance

56.6

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2018-19

Medium Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2020

31.8

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2019

10.3

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

16.4

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2017-18

36.5

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2020

38.5

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2019

16.7

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2019

12.1

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2019

11.7

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2019

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