Archive for June, 2008

Iowa CareGivers repond to the IOM report

Posted by on June 6th, 2008 at 10:40 am | Comments Off on Iowa CareGivers repond to the IOM report

May 14, 2008

Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Dear Interested Parties:

The purposes of this letter are to: 1) commend the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the recently released report on the health and long term care workforce entitled “Retooling Health Care Workforce for Aging Americans,” and 2) offer comments from the direct care worker (DCW) perspective.

Many of us have been working on health and long term care workforce issues for a number of years and your efforts certainly bring credibility to the urgent and critical nature of these complex issues.

The Iowa CareGivers Association (ICA) was founded in 1992 as an independent nonprofit association with its sole focus on bringing stability to the direct care workforce by providing education, recognition, advocacy, and research in their support. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that we are very pleased to see an entire section within the report devoted to the direct care workforce.

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Help Wanted – Direct Care Worker Specialist

Posted by on June 5th, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Comments Off on Help Wanted – Direct Care Worker Specialist


The Direct Care Alliance (DCA) seeks the services of Direct Care Worker Specialist (DCWS). The DCWS will work directly with the DCA’s National Advocacy Director and the Executive Director to assist the DCA with the design and implementation of the Voices Institute, the National Partnership of Associations and Coalitions and other DCA activities. The DSWS will also perform outreach on behalf of the DCA in regions where the DCA will be engaged in program development.

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