Injuries are a leading cause of death in Iowa. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for Iowans ages 1-44 and it is the 4th leading cause of death for all Iowans. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (Iowa HHS) strives to address the burden of injury on the public health by disseminating information about injury deaths and hospitalizations and promoting programs directed at preventing both intentional and unintentional injuries.

Resources for Prevention

General Injury Content


Motor Vehicle Crashes

National Resources


The Impact of Injury in Iowa

In 2008, Iowa HHS and the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) partnered to produce the first comprehensive report on injury in Iowa. This report, The Burden of Injury in Iowa (2002-2006), is intended to provide information on the burden of injury in Iowa to assist communities, health practitioners, and state and local policymakers in developing strategies and policies to reduce injuries in the state. A full report and executive summary are available by clicking on the links below. For data specific to an individual county, follow the link to the IPRC webpage.

Injury Prevention Standards

During 2006-2007, standards for injury prevention activities within public health were developed for state and local partners. The comprehensive report is also intended to assist county public health partners in their efforts to assess and meet these standards.  

Iowa HHS Injury Prevention Programs

Iowa HHS programs listed below address the prevention of injuries. For more information, please go to the related links.

Office of Disability and Violence Prevention

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Bureau of Family Health

Division of Environmental Health

Other Related Links

University of Iowa

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention