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L to R: Dr. Anita Stineman, University of Iowa College of Nursing; Susan R. Hyland, RDH, BSDH, Iowa Dental Hygienists' Association and Mouth Care Matters Instructor; and Rhonda Bowles, & Mary Jude Lyon, Home Care Aides, Graduates; and Rhonda Shoafstall, R.N., all of Dallas County Public Health.
WAY TO GO!!
(Pictured) 3 Core Graduates with Instructor 2nd From Right
CNAs, Home Care, and Hospice Aides from Winneshiek Medical Center & Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union, Graduate from the First Prepare to Care “Core” Class in the Area.
Amy Manning, RN, NICC, Taught the Class.
Congrats to ALL!!!!
An oral health specialty program for those who work in direct care yields promising results.
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Madrid Home Communities and Wesley Acres will be joining Iowa CareGivers (in a project supported by Lifelong Smiles Coalition) to conduct an oral health campaign over the next few months. This project is made possible through the generous support of Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, and the Iowa Department of Public Health through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement (#DP13-1307)
A committee with representatives from each organization led by two dental hygienists and Iowa CareGivers staff has been busy developing materials and programs for this campaign. Madrid and Wesley staff and residents will participate in several activities highlighting oral health, including educational articles, posters, in-services and more! We hope that it will raise attention to the importance of oral health because “there is no health without oral health.”*
*Surgeon General, Report on Oral Health, 2000
Oral Health Campaign Planning Committee including representatives from both Madrid Home Communities and Wesley Acres.
Pictured L to R: (front) Shonna Partelow, Wesley; Danielle Bloxham, Wesley; (back) Carly Nelson, Madrid; April Elsberry, Madrid; Danielle Walters, Madrid; Sadie Fuson, Madrid; Teresa Pena, Madrid; Sue Hyland, dental hygienist. Not pictured: Carol Van Aernam, dental hygienist; MaryAnn Young, Iowa CareGivers; Pam Biklen, Iowa CareGivers.
Click here to read statement by Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA).
Take the Free Online Core Training: http://directcare.training-source.org/
Note: “Direct Care Professional” (DCP) is often used in the “Prepare to Care” and other materials on this web page. Direct Care Professional and Direct Care Worker are used interchangeably. Those who fall under those titles include Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Homemaker/Home Health Aides, Hospice Aides, Direct Support Professionals, Dietary or Nutrition Aides, Rehabilitation Aides, Medication Aides, and many other titles.
If you wish to change the face of Direct Care and be a positive role-model for the Profession, 'Prepare to Care' will allow you to Challenge yourself and increase your Knowledge. Remember, a well-educated Direct Care Worker makes for a Great Direct Care Professional. The road to a brighter future is in reach. 'Prepare to Care'.— Anthony Wells, CNA, CHPNA (Anthony served as one of the first Co-Chairs of the State’s Direct Care Worker Task Force)
Over time and with your support, “Prepare to Care” will offer the following benefits:
“I’ve been a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for 21 years but there was so much knowledge I gained about Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) that I didn’t know. I took the “Prepare to Care” class online. I would recommend “Prepare to Care” to any Direct Care/Support Professional.” –Brigett DeVos
Watch this video as an introduction to “Prepare to Care".
General information about “Prepare to Care”
About “Prepare to Care” for Direct Care Professionals
About “Prepare to Care” for employers
About “Prepare to Care” for community colleges
About “Prepare to Care” for consumers, family members, and the public
“Each module of the ‘Prepare to Care’ curriculum provides the Direct Care Professional with knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to develop a specific skill set that can be used to improve the quality of care that you provide in any type of setting. After completing the Core module, you are able to make choices on the skills you want to develop that will help to enhance your career development.”.— Dr. Anita Stineman, University of Iowa, College of Nursing
The six hour “Core Training” is currently being offered for free online. This is a great way to see what the “Prepare to Care” program is about. The course is for those who are new to the field of direct care and those currently in the field. You can enroll in the “Core Training” by visiting: http://directcare.training-source.org/ Some face-to-face trainings may be scheduled at some community college locations. Please check with your local community college for availability of the class.
For more details and if you have questions on the “Prepare to Care” program, please visit their website at http://www.iowapreparetocare.com/
Congratulations to the First 70 Who Completed the Training.
Approximately 70 Home Care, Hospice, and Certified Nurse Aides and other Direct Care Professionals just completed the first round of trainings.
At least two more classes will be held at a later date. If interested call our office to get your name on a waiting list and continue to check our website for updated information!
What You Need To Know:
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"DMACC is dedicated to the education and support of direct care professionals. DMACC strives to meet the needs of the community and we know this is a huge need." -Jaime Haub
Twenty-three dental hygienists completed the Oral Health Specialty Instructor Training as part of the Mouth Care Matters project. The program was taught by Drs. Anita Stineman and Howard Cowen, University of Iowa Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry respectively.
Instructors will provide the oral health education specialty training to up to 150 certified nurse aides; home care and hospice aides; and others who work in direct care. The project region includes the 22 counties served by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
To celebrate this project milestone a reception, sponsored by DMACC, was held for curriculum developers, funders, instructors, Life Long Smiles Coalition members, and other supporters. Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration and congrats to the new instructor Grads!
Click here to view photos of the Reception.
Mouth Care Matters is an initiative of the Lifelong Smiles Coalition supported by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Through a partnership with the University of Iowa’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, the Oral Health Specialty Training curriculum was developed as the first specialty to be recognized under the State’s new Prepare to Care curriculum designed for those who work in direct care. Iowa CareGivers was awarded funding for this project from Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement (#DP13-1307).