With the complexities that exist in the field of direct care, it is essential that ICA ROC work with other stakeholders in order to make the slow, but necessary changes to the health and long term care system In building these partnerships, many valuable resources are available. Please explore the following links for additional information related to the direct care workforce.
Direct Care Worker Education and Certification
Important work is being done by the Direct Care Worker Advisory Council to help make the system better for direct care workers in regards to educational standards and certifications. For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health: Direct Care Worker Advisory Council.
Click here to view Reports.
Direct Care Worker Registry
DIA Hosts New Web Page for Direct Care Workers
Click here to view the Direct Care Worker Page.
If you are a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or other direct care worker and you have questions about your certification or your status on the Registry, click here to link to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Direct Care Worker Registry Website. To check your status or update your mailing address or name change click on the following link: https://dia-hfd.iowa.gov/DIA_HFD/Process.do
Click here for Your Guide to Using the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division, Direct Care Worker Registry also provides a useful frequently asked questions document for direct care workers.
Health Care for Direct Care Workers
- Health Care for Health Care Workers is a national effort to keep on top of what is going on in national health care reform. It is a program of the PHI.
- Health Care For Health Care Workers
- In 2007, the Iowa CareGivers Association joined the Divided We Fail coalition as an Iowa team member in response to the critical need to raise the voices of millions of Americans who want to see substantial changes in health care and lifetime financial security issues. Click here for more information.
Direct Care Workforce
- Institute of Medicine (IOM) places a priority on the health and long term care workforce in their 2008 report, "Retooling for An Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce."
The report includes a section on direct care workers. Read the full report by clicking on the link above and read ICA/ROC's response to the report.
- PHI is a national organization that is improving the quality of care through improving the jobs of direct care workers. PHI is primarily focused on technical assistance on the practice level and policy-based advocacy. For more information on their initiatives, please visit PHI.
- Direct Care Alliance (DCA) is a national organization that is focused on direct care worker advocacy through state-based, multi-stakeholder coalitions by offering leadership/advocacy training and building state-based worker associations.
- Culture Change and its Impact
- Health and Long Term Care Workforce Summit 2007
Iowa Person Directed Care Coalition
The IPDCC brings together individuals and organizations committed to improving care through person directed care activities. The group works to:
- Identify and address barriers to advancement
- Identify and share resources to help transform our current system
- Provide person directed care education
- Raise public awareness regarding the importance of person directed care
New Resource for Providers Implementing Person Directed/Centered Care and Consistent Staffing
The ABCM Corporation has produced a video on person directed/centered care. It chronicles their experiences and lessons learned as they began their journey into person centered care. They have graciously agreed to share the video with others who are interested. View the video by clicking here.
National Better Jobs Better Care Program
Learn more about the National Better Jobs Better Care Program.