Initiatives Currently Underway

Department of Public Health and Department of Human Services Alignment

The Iowa Departments of Public Health (IDPH) and Human Services (DHS) are becoming one, single, department. IDPH and DHS will fully transition into the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by July 1, 2023.

The legislature has directed the transition accomplish the following:

  • More efficiently and effectively manage health and human services programs that are the responsibility of the state.
  • Establish a health and human services policy for the state.
  • Promote health and the quality of life in the health and human services field.