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Q&A with Corrine Kroger (Vision To Learn)

Posted on 08/05/2019 at 2:33 PM
Corrine Kroger is the regional director at Vision To Learn Iowa, the state chapter of a national organization working to ensure students get the eye care they need to learn and do well in school. Corrine, who has led the chapter since its creation in 2016, oversees day-to-day operations as...

Statement: Let’s keep our eyes on the prize amidst DHS turmoil

Posted on 06/18/2019 at 1:28 PM
We can’t find much good news in the sudden departure of director Jerry Foxhoven from the Iowa Department of Human Services this week, especially coming in tandem with the departure of the department’s deputy director and on top of other staff shuffles and retirements. But the drama of what happened and...

New report: Medicaid expansion supports maternal, child health

Posted on 05/24/2019 at 10:20 AM
Healthier moms lead to healthier babies—a reality supported by Medicaid expansion. New research from Georgetown University Health Center for Children and Families shows states—like Iowa—that expand Medicaid improve the health of women of childbearing age by increasing access to preventative care and reducing health complications and maternal mortality rates. Iowa saw...

New report: Foster youth increasingly placed in families

Posted on 04/05/2019 at 1:37 PM
Children in the care of Iowa’s child welfare system are more likely than ten years ago to be placed in families, as opposed to group homes or other settings, according to the “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement,” a new data snapshot released this week by...

Governor releases HHS funding proposal

Posted on 02/01/2019 at 3:25 PM
The joint House-Senate Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee met this week to hear the Governor’s funding recommendations for services under the subcommittee’s purview. The HHS budget represents 26 percent of the state’s general fund—second only behind education—and funds many services critical to the well-being of Iowa children and their...
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