An extensive report titled Iowa Health Fact Book has recently been published by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The report shows deaths caused by falls rising in Iowa, an example of a problem which affects older Iowans. In a news release about the report, Jane Pendergast, Director of the Center for Public Health Statistics, is quoted as saying, “Fortunately falls are largely preventable with the right training and safeguards.”

The biennial report provides data pertinent to the health of Iowans in each of the state’s 99 counties. The complete report, along with earlier reports, is available at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/factbook/.