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Recommendations To Improve Health Care Workforce

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Iowa health care leaders outlined recommendations to improve education and training for Iowa's 75,000+ direct care workers.

Joined by Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director, Tom Newton, Lt. Governor Judge spoke with representatives from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, the Iowa Direct Care Worker Task Force, the Iowa CareGivers Association, and the Better Jobs Better Care Coalition.

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"Iowa, like the rest of the nation, faces a growing shortage of direct care workers," Judge said. "And as the number of older Iowans grows, this shortage threatens to reach critical levels as the demand for services continues to grow."

Judge pointed out that the Iowa General Assembly charged the Iowa Direct Care Worker Task Force with "reviewing the education and training requirement applicable to and make recommendations regarding direct care workers." The recommendations are designed to ensure the health and well being of all Iowans and ensure that Iowa is responding to the health care workforce shortage.

IDPH Director Tom Newton said that the department has already implemented some changes following the recommendations of the Task Force in accordance with Chapter 80 of the Iowa Administrative Code. As of July 1 of this year, those changes include: