About Us

Welcome to the official page for the Iowa Health and Human Services Alignment


Iowa HHS provides high quality programs and services that protect and improve the health and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities.

Societal Vision

Individuals, families, and communities are safe, resilient and empowered to be healthy and self-sufficient.

Organizational Vision

Iowa HHS is a trusted leader and partner in protecting health and providing high quality, equitable services.

Guiding Principles

Data-Driven: We make informed, data-driven, and evidence-based decisions to drive quality and improve results.

Accountability: We use public resources responsibly to improve lives through the programs and services we provide.

Integrity: We generate trust through honest, respectful, and reliable work that we can be proud of.

Equity: We actively identify and remove barriers to access and inclusion so that we can provide all individuals an opportunity to succeed.

Communication: We communicate in a thoughtful and coordinated way to ensure individuals are well informed about our work.

Collaboration: We facilitate meaningful partnerships that focus on the voices of the individuals and communities we serve.


Background on the Iowa Health and Human Services Alignment

There are extensive connections between Iowa’s public health and human services efforts to help all Iowans live safe, stable, and healthy lives. With this in mind, the Iowa Departments of Public Health (IDPH) and Human Services (DHS) began a joint investigation in October of 2020 to identify strategies to best align and integrate programs, practices, and policies of the two departments. This work included extensive outreach to department staff and community stakeholders to understand how HHS can improve delivery of services and most effectively leverage state and federal funding.

On June 14, 2022, House File 2578 was signed by Iowa Governor Reynolds, creating a Department of Health and Human Services and providing a one-year transition period for IDPH and DHS to merge current functions into the new department. The legislation requires the transition departments submit an initial written plan by September 30, 2022 detailing how functions will be merged.

To learn more about the background of the alignment, click here