We are a volunteer, nonpartisan group of individuals and organizations committed to ensuring state and federal public policies recognize and value those providing help - in health, education, and human services - as a vital part of our society and our economy. We hope you will join us as members and use our resources.
Our WHO WE ARE page provides our mission, our advocacy goals and methods, our membership, our history, and basic information about the Iowa helping workforce and its importance to our state's prosperity -- fulfilling Iowa's values as a caring community and contributing to the well-being and economic prosperity of our state.
The Iowa Helping Community Policy Group began in June, 2020 with a focus upon elevating issues and concerns of the helping community in the 2020 elections. We are expanding our efforts in the 2022 election, including convening a policy summit and submitting candidate questionnaires to state and federal candidates on their views.
Elections offer the opportunity to educate candidates and voters and to activate and mobilize workers and advocates on presenting the policy needs of these most essential workers and the people and families they serve.
We advocate for and with those on the frontlines providing help to children, seniors, and those in-between. We emphasize these "helpers" are society's essential workers, the "workforce behind the workforce," a core part of Iowa's economy and infrastructure, and the embodiment of Iowa's caring culture. The EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY page provides new and updated information on our specific education and advocacy actions.
At the federal level, we support investments to expand the size, raise the compensation, and recognize the value of frontline workers in child care, direct care (home and community-based services and care in institutions), and public and community health. The FEDERAL POLICY page provides more specific information on these proposed investments and the our group's actions to advance them. ,
At the state level, we advocate for effective implementation of new federal funding in child care, public health, and direct care. This includes recognition of this workforce as a core part of Iowa's economy and inclusion of frontline workers, the people they serve, and others committed to strengthening this workforce in the planning, implementation, and oversight of new investments. The STATE POLICY page provides specific information on our proposals to and actions Iowa state government can take to support both paid and unpaid helpers in the state..
As a part of the American Rescue Plan Act, Congress and the President provided expanded funding for home and community-based services, and Iowa has taken action to use this funding to increase training, expand services, and improve workforce support. This represents a major step in recognizing and supporting the helping community. The HCBS MEDICAID page provides more detail on this important element of supporting the caregiving community.
In addition to the different webpages, we provide our overall framework (MISSION&Q&A) for action here, as well as key update information
The Iowa Helping Community Policy Group has a facebook group called -- "Iowa Helping Community Policy Group." Facebook members can join us by joining that group and also receive regular updates of what we are doing. The facebook url is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/751446435533986.
We maintain an email membership list that we also use to provide updates and information and invitations to group meetings. You can contact us directly to become a member, if you don't participate in facebook or want to join us in that way. Simply drop an email to email@example.com to do so.
We are entirely a voluntary group that is nonpartisan but relies upon its volunteers in getting out the word and educating and advocating. We ascribe to the Margaret Meade theory of change and want to be a not-so-small group of committed individuals who mobilize for the policies helpers and the people they help need to prosper. Please contact us with your ideas, firstname.lastname@example.org.