A Statewide Educational Conference for Those Who Work in Direct Care
Conference Agenda and Registration are Now Available!

Click here to view the conference brochure and agenda.

Click here to register and pay for conference attendance.

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Click here to view Sponsorship options. Exhibit registration is full (closed.) 


Family Provides Conference Scholarship to Their Caregiver!

As a token of their appreciation, the Wolnerman family provided a scholarship to the Riding the Wave conference to Andrea Morales, who provides caregiving assistance to the family.

Pictured L to R:  Michael Wolnerman, David Wolnerman, and Andrea Morales

2017 Key Sponsors

Iowa Insurance Division

Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Amerigroup Iowa, Inc.

Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail

Field Paper

Iowa Department of Public Health

2015 Annual Conference — Passport to Direct Care

Here’s what this year’s conference participants had to say about their experience:

“Invigorating! Refreshing! A very good pick me up! Love it!”

“I enjoyed listening to others speak on what they have experienced, there aren’t a ton of people that can connect with my experiences and this was just perfect.”

“I am excited to take information back into the workplace and use it effectively to make a positive mark at work.”

“I loved the workshops!”

“Everything was very organized and well presented!”

“What I liked most:  #1:  Breakout sessions that help me do my job better. #2:  Breakout and general sessions that inspire me to do my job better.”

“The theme was great! Friendly, helpful staff! But the support and encouragement was #1”

“Health screenings were great and good information at the screening booths!”

“The conference was awesome!  Enjoy it every year!”

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Thanks to all our sponsors and exhibitors! See list here.

The Courage to Care – A Tribute to Men in Caregiving

Men make up only about 10% of the direct care workforce.  Men who work in direct care deal with unique challenges in a field that is already challenging.   Society tends to view caregiving as women’s work, implying that it is “easy”!   Anyone who has ever done direct care…male or female…knows that is not true.  Men in caregiving were recognized during the Iowa CareGivers conference for having the Courage to Care.  Congratulations to all the men who join many women in a field that is tough both physically and mentally but rewarding on so many fronts!!



2014 Annual Conference

Participant Evaluation Remarks:

It was the best two days of my life!

I liked the feeling of value and purpose in my career choice.

Being in a positive environment where you actually feel appreciated for the work you do. 

View the photos that captured “Magic Moments” at conference.

2013 Annual Conference

Good Times At "Going the Distance" Conference, view the full photo gallery here.

2012 Annual Conference

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2011 Annual Conference

View the photo gallery of all the Hollywood Stars who attended the Iowa CareGivers Conference!

2010 Annual Conference

View Our 2010 Hometown SuperHeroes Photo Gallery!