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Direct Care Workforce 2020: Solutions to Direct Care Workforce Crisis

Report Data Collection & Quality
July 1, 2020

This report discusses the direct care workforce crisis in Iowa and findings from 13 listening sessions across the state, with detailed solutions on how to potentially resolve the crisis. A similar event was held in 2016 and many of the concerns that were identified from this event came up again in the listening sessions, with new issues such as workforce shortages and projected high numbers of direct care worker retirements in coming years. To view the original source, click here.

Key Takeaways

There needs to be a commitment to making direct care jobs "good jobs" for Iowans.
The Iowa Caregivers advocacy group has supported many pieces of legislation in past years that have failed to pass.
Iowa Caregivers identified five key facets that should be addressed to improve working conditions for Iowa's direct care workers: collective impact, public awareness and advocacy, recruitment and retention, education and training, and compensation, inclusive of wages and benefits.

Caring for the Future

Our new policy report takes an extensive look at today's direct care workforce—in five installments.

Workforce Data Center

From wages to employment statistics, find the latest data on the direct care workforce.