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CLE4R Impact on Dubuque

Posted on April 26th, 2017

The Dubuque County Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHNA-HIP) is an assessment of local health needs and report identifying goals and strategies to meet those needs. Every three- five years, local health boards, in partnership with health care providers and community partners, lead a community-wide discussion with residents, business owners, and community stakeholders regarding the public health issues of the community.

A CHNA-HIP provides guidance to local health care providers and public health officials on the health needs of the community. The report serves as a guide to prioritize health resources to where they are needed most, allocate funding to address health issues, and identifies opportunities to improve local public health through collaboration and partnerships.

The recent CHNA-HIP, completed in 2015, speaks to air quality in the Environmental Health Section.

  1. Air Quality includes reviewing compliance with air quality standards and assessing the need for local air monitoring, especially for particulate matter and monitoring health indicators related to air quality. Since there is an approved plan for maintaining and improving PM 2.5 Air Quality in the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (DMATS), the Task Force recommended adopting and supporting the EPA PM Advance Path Forward Plan, including Researching ways to monitor and report out local PM air quality data to the community and Monitoring health indicators related to air quality.

Working with the U of IA, the CLEAR4 project has allowed education of the Dubuque Community on air quality and improved ways to communicate air quality data through social media and website postings.

CLEAR4 and the CHNA HIP have definitely raised the level of air quality consciousness and knowledge of Dubuque’s citizens.