Advocacy

Changes In How You Receive Health Care Coverage Go Into Effect January 2014!

Complete The Online Survey So You Can Have A Voice In Making Sure The New Health Benefits Program Serves The Needs Of Those Who Need It Most…The Uninsured and Underinsured.  If you are unable to take the survey online, please call our office (515-223-2805) and we will mail you a copy along with a postage paid business reply envelope. 

Consumer Survey: http://iowahealthinsurancesurvey.com

Since so many who work in direct care are uninsured or have policies they can’t afford to use due to high deductibles, etc., your voices are very important at this stage of the planning. 

The survey, conducted by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and
College of Public Health, is being done to help Iowa prepare for the changes in how you receive health care coverage.  Participating in the survey will give you a chance to share your preferences for things like:

  1. How to purchase the insurance
  2. Where to go to receive the best information, etc.

Thank You!!

 

Why Educational Standards For The Direct Care Profession Is Important

Urge Iowans to Call on Legislators to Support Establishment of the Board of Direct Care Professionals

Matt Clevenger, Certified Nursing Assistant, Urges Iowans to Call on Legislators to Support Establishment of the Board of Direct Care Professionals.

Click here to see the Des Moines Register letter to the editor.


charlotte_nelsonFormer Director of Iowa Commission on the Status of Women Shares Opinion After Receiving Direct Care

Published in the following newspapers:
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Press Citizen (Iowa City)

Fort Dodge Messenger


senator_gronstal"We require 2,100 hours of training for cosmetologists. Nobody ever dies from a bad haircut. People die from getting bad care."

Standards, incentives needed for Iowa’s direct care workers.
Click here
to view the full article.

Source: Daily Nonpareil Online – Council Bluffs, Iowa by Tim Johnson

 

Empowered To Care (Videos)

A Message from Direct Care Workers, Employers, and Consumer Advocates!

State Educational Standards for the Direct Care Workforce ARE Important to Us!

We are direct care workers and we can't be at the State Capitol 24-7 to share our thoughts because we are providing care and support to Iowans 24-7. So please take a few minutes to hear what we have to say about the need for educational standards for direct care workers and the Board of Direct Care Professionals. We provide care and support to older Iowans, kids and adults with mental and physical disabilities, those with Alzheimer's and brain injury, and those at the end of their lives. Our voices need to be heard.

— Becky Johnson, Home Care Aide, Osage, Iowa.

Click here to view the video.

To learn more about the members of the Direct Care Professional Education Review Committee who appear on the Empowered to Care video, please click here.


A Message from Public Health

Proposed New Educational Standards for Direct Care Workforce

— Erin Drinnin

Click here to view the video.

A Message From A Long Term Care Employer

"as an employer (home care) I worry about meeting the demand out there..this has the capacity to make an incredible impact on this workforce."

— Anne Peters, Home Instead Senior Care

Click here to view the forum video excerpt.

A Message From A Consumer Advocate

"Looking at the numbers (of this workforce) ..we know that Iowa is not prepared to care,"

— Kent Sovern, Executive Director, AARP Iowa

Click here to view the forum video excerpt.


A Message From A Direct Care Worker

"and he said take care of her Fran. Will you do that?"

— Fran Mancl, Certified Nursing Assistant

Click here to view the forum video excerpt.

 

A Message From A Consumer

"I fell from a ladder…I want my independence back…you rely on these people to come get you up, dress you…”

— Bruce Hamilton, Consumer, Boone

Click here to view the forum video excerpt.

 

A Message From A Direct Care Professional

“not everyone views direct care as a profession but they might if we gave them a reason to…”

— Becky Johnson, Home Care Aide, Osage

Click here to view the forum video excerpt.