Welcome to the Iowa Direct Care Workforce Initiative website!

The Initiative, led by the Iowa Department of Public Health, is a project to improve direct care professional education and ensure a qualified and stable direct care workforce in Iowa. The Department is currently conducting a pilot project of the training and credentialing recommendations of the legislatively-directed Direct Care Worker Advisory Council. This website is updated regularly and provides information about the Initiative, the Council, and ways to get involved in the project.


Webinar Recording Available

Posted: Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014

Telligen hosted a webinar in February that was offered twice to their networks. Erin Drinnin, Project Manager of the Direct Care Workforce Initiative, was the invited speaker. The webinar features the history and background of the project, as well as an overview of the state-developed Prepare to Care curriculum, outcomes from the pilot of the training, and ways that it is now being made available statewide.

Click here to listen to the recording.

Check out the Initiative's Wiki Page!

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 02, 2014

The Direct Care Workforce Initiative Wiki Page has lots of up-to-date information about the initiative, including the new Prepare to Care curriculum competencies, information on how to become an instructor, comparisons of state and federal regulations to the curriculum, and specialty training competencies that have been developed. Check it out and become a member so that you can stay up to date on the project: http://iowadirectcare.wikispaces.com/.

Direct Care Workforce Initiative Webinar Recording Available

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

The Direct Care Workforce Initiative hosted a webinar on January 10, 2013 for policymakers and interested stakeholders. The webinar provided an overview of the Initiative, an update on activities, and expectations for the coming year. Click here to listen to the recording of the webinar, or view a copy of the slide presentation below.

Sign up for the E-Update!

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

This electronic newsletter provides regular information about the Initiative, including ways to participate, upcoming deadlines, and progress on activities. Click on the ‘Sign Up for Email Updates' button at the top of this webpage and provide us your information.