News Releases


2/6/2023: State Invests in Iowa Families; Launches New Child Care Initiatives

1/31/2023: HHS Takes the Next Step in Iowa Medicaid Transformation

1/19/2023: HHS Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl Threat

1/17/2023: Iowa HHS Announces the Launch of New Agency Web Site

1/6/2023: Iowa HHS Expands Support for Refugees


12/2/2022: Iowa HHS Announces First Flu Deaths of Season

11/16/2022: HHS Promotes Healthy Habits for the Holidays

11/14/2022: Iowa Medicaid Receives National Recognition

11/14/2022: HHS Fills Two New Leadership Roles

10/21/2022: Iowa HHS Announces Nutrition and Food Insecurity Initiatives

10/11/2022: Iowa HHS Moves Forward Key Initiatives to Better Support Children and Families

10/4/2022: HHS Launches Naloxone Program for Iowa Organizations, Businesses and Schools

9/2/2022: HHS Announces First West Nile Case of 2022

9/2/2022: HHS Announces New Mission, Vision and Brand

7/27/2022: HHS and DNR Confirm Naegleria fowleri at Lake of Three Fires

7/18/2022: HHS Fills Two Critical Leadership Roles

7/15/2022: HHS Announces 988 July 16

7/8/2022: Beach at Lake of Three Fires Closed Temporarily for Swimming

7/1/2022: First Case of Monkeypox in Iowa

7/1/2022: Opportunity to Provide Input on Iowa's Community-Based Services

5/17/2022: DHS Statement on the Passing of Julianne "Julie" Beckett

5/12/2022: Formula Shortage Update from the Departments of Public Health and Human Services

5/4/2022: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

5/2/2022: IDPH Recognizes June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to Promote Cognitive Health

4/26/2022: HHS Announces New Chief Financial Officer

4/14/2022: April is Alcohol Awareness Month

4/11/2022: April 10-16 is STD Awareness Week

4/7/2022: Glenwood Resource Center to close in 2024

3/24/2022: HHS Releases Final Change Package and Functional Organizational Chart

3/22/2022: IDPH Celebrates International Adolescent Health Week

3/10/2022: March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

3/9/2022: Support Available to Iowans Affected by Weekend Storms

3/3/2022: March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

3/2/2022:  Additional Formula Recall

2/23/2022: IDPH Awarded Funding to Foster Nutrition Equity Across the State

2/18/2022: Infant Formula Recall Issued

2/16/2022: COVID-19 Reporting Transitions to IDPH Website

2/1/2022: IDPH Recognizes National American Heart Month To Promote Heart Disease Awareness

1/13/2022: DHS Announces $30 Million Recruitment and Retention Bonus Program for Iowa Child Care Workforce

1/7/2022: CDC Recognizes 94 Iowa Community Water Systems for Excellence in Water Fluoridation

1/7/2022: DHS Appoints Boys State Training School Superintendent



12/9/2021: Iowa Confirms Case of Omicron Variant

11/29/2021: State Agencies Partner to Share Vaccine Messaging

11/22/2021: Booster Doses Eligibility Expanded to All Iowans Over Age 18

11/18/2021:  U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 18-24

11/7/2021: Statement on Passing of Former DHS Director Charles Palmer

11/3/2021: State Reports Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Approval And First Flu Death of Season

10/25/2021: COVID Recovery Iowa Conducting Support Sessions for Navigating Stress in the Workplace due to COVID-19

10/22/2021: CDC Approves COVID-19 Booster Doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

10/6/2021: Update to State’s COVID-19 Testing Program

10/01/2021: DHS Announces Increase to SNAP Benefits This Month (Español)

9/29/2021: Monona Municipal Water Department receives 50 Year Water Fluoridation Award

9/28/2021: IDPH One of Twenty Awardees Nationwide for CDC Social Determinants of Health Grant

9/27/2021: Iowa Medicaid Director Elizabeth Matney Selected for National Medicaid Leadership Institute

9/23/2021: DHS Partners with UI Health Care to Recruit Chief Medical Officer for Glenwood Resource Center

9/23/2021: Department of Human Services Extends Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni

8/25/2021: Update on COVID-19 in Iowa

8/23/2021: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine

8/11/2021: DHS Announces Summer Pandemic Food Assistance (P-EBT) Distribution Plan

8/10/2021: COVID Recovery Iowa Grant Extended Through End of Year

7/28/2021: IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

7/15/2021: DHS Announces Pandemic Food Assistance (P-EBT) Distribution Plan for Children Under 6

7/12/2021: IDPH and SHL Announce At Home Testing Option

7/1/2021: New Fluoridation Law Takes Effect July 1

6/23/2021: Iowa Announces Additional Support For Child Care Providers

6/22/2021: Test Iowa drive-thru sites scheduled to close this week in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo

6/16/2021: Test Iowa program to end operations on July 16

6/11/2021: DHS Participating in Initiative to Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Mental Health Conditions

6/10/2021: Newborn Boy Born April 23, 2021 Declared Safe Haven Baby

6/8/2021: IDPH Seeks Input on State Health Assessment

6/7/2021:  IDPH Launches New Vaccination Awareness Campaign

6/1/2021: DPH Seeks Public Input to Inform the State Maternal Health Strategic Plan

5/28/2021: Test Iowa sites closed for Memorial Day holiday

5/26/2021: Health and Human Services Alignment Website Announced

5/12/2021: DHS Announces Pandemic Food Assistance (P-EBT) Distribution Plan

5/11/2021: Department of Human Services Announces $5M Investment in Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni

4/28/2021: Governor Reynolds Announces Child Care Task Force Virtual Town Hall Meetings

4/23/2021: Director Garcia Appoints New Medicaid Director

4/6/2021: 2021 Iowa Medicaid Reference Guide Now Available

3/24/2021: Iowa Parent Partners Program Included in Federal Clearinghouse and Approved as Evidence-Based Program

3/15/2021: DHS to Transition to Specialized Adult Protective Services Program Statewide

3/12/2021: Iowa's Family First Prevention Services Act Plan Approved By U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

3/8/2021: DHS and IDPH Remember One Year of COVID-19

2/5/2021: Medicaid Now Available to all Eligible COFA Adults (Marshallese) (Chuukese) (Pohnpeian)

2/5/2021: Iowa Workers Get Free Tax Preparation Assistance

1/15/2021: Clinton County Residents May Be Eligible for Disaster Food Assistance

1/14/2021: Weather Conditions to Delay SOme COVID-19 Testing in Iowa

1/13/2021: Iowa Moves Forward with Vaccination Campaign

1/11/2021: IDPH Publishes Vaccine Administration Data

1/7/2021: Long Term Care Reporting Update


12/29/2020: Weather Conditions to Delay some COVID-19 Testing in Iowa

12/18/2020: Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Emergency Use Authorization

12/17/2020: Vaccine Update

12/16/2020: Important Vaccine Update

12/11/2020: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Emergency Use Authorization

12/7/2020: State Announces Change to COVID-19 Death Reporting

12/6/2020: State Provides New Data on

11/20/2020: DHS Announces New Partnership to Grow Iowa’s Healthcare Workforce

11/20/2020: IDPH Announces 108 Community Water Systems in Iowa Awarded CDC Water Fluoridation Quality Award

11/16/2020:  Iowa Department of Public Health Seeks Qualified Vendor to Provide COVID-19 Emergency Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Services