An public health plan created by Iowa state officials to manage HIV/AIDS is now a national case study on how to effectively meet the needs of rural residents with HIV. About a third of Iowa residents living with HIV/AIDS live in rural areas.

The details are part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report which highlights regional initiatives under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

According to the HHS report “Improving Health Outcomes Through Data Utilization,” the Iowa program has “effectively used Part B funds to bring HIV care and support services to both urban and rural populations” while demonstrating the “innovative ways the program uses data to improve care.”

SOURCE:, March 24, 2017