Advocacy

A Message to Elected Officials From Direct Care Professionals

Those in Direct Care Weigh In On Senators’ Comments About Their Work

“These are entry level jobs and for me…it’s always been about return on investment.” Comment by Senator Chelgren (R) Wapello County about direct care jobs during the 2018 legislative session.

See the actual comments in the videos below. To see the full video, click here.

 

“Help NEEDED”: A Day at the State Capitol

If YOU...

  • PROVIDE DIRECT CARE OR SUPPORT TO OLDER IOWANS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES;
  • EMPLOY DIRECT CARE/SUPPORT WORKERS;
  • RELY ON DIRECT CARE/SUPPORT WORKERS FOR YOURSELF, A LOVED ONE, OR FRIEND.

JOIN VICKY AND FRAN TO EDUCATE STATE LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF DIRECT CARE

March 12, 2019 7:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.
Legislative Dining Room – State Capitol – Des Moines, Iowa
Email di.findley@iowacaregivers to learn how you can help!

RSVP FOR THE HELP NEEDED DAY

Iowa CareGivers Recommendations to Iowa Legislators:
    http://www.iowacaregivers.org/uploads/pdf/2019-issue-priorities.pdf

Foundations and Private Donors Support Research and Education that Shed Light on Direct Care Workforce Issues and Solutions

“Help NEEDED” Campaign and the “Caregiver Compensation Campaign” are recently awarded grant projects funded by Northwest Area Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, United Way of Central Iowa, and the following private donors Des Moines Area Community College, EveryStep, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, Iowa Assisted Living Association, Iowa Credit Union Foundation, Iowa Department on Aging, and others, and will support the following:

  1. Direct care worker wage and benefit survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development;
  2. Advocacy training;
  3. Increased awareness and dialogue re: issues and solutions.

Click here for more resources on our advocacy page or contact Di Findley, Iowa CareGivers at di.findley@iowacaregivers.org