June Monthly Musing
DHS Launches COVID Recovery Iowa
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced on May 27, 2020, nearly $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be used to offer free counseling to any Iowan who has been affected, in any way, by the COVID-19 public heath emergency. Iowans can access services through the following options:
- Call 800-447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Call the Iowa Warm Line, 844-775-9276, to connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor.
- Visit www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org and complete a contact form and a counselor will get back to you.
CAREforce for our WORKforce
The Iowa Women's Foundation (IWF) has launched the CAREforce for our WORKforce campaign. The goal of the campaign is to recognize child care providers as essential professional workers now and ongoing.
Please help us acknowledge child care professionals as essential! A message we want to live on past COVID-19. Those interested in participating in the CAREforce for our WORKforce campaign as a volunteer may contact Dawn Oliver-Wiand, IWF Executive Director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Practical Ways to Help Children in Child Care Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased stress and anxiety among many child care providers, families, and children. In this webinar, you will learn about the five essential needs of children during disasters (including public health emergencies) and gain practical tips to help children cope through play, and self expression activities.
Learn about lead in Iowa online at your own pace!
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in collaboration with the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) have developed a module-based online training session about the nuts & bolts (the basics) of lead. This is a general overview of childhood lead poisoning prevention in Iowa, this training does not constitute a professional license or any other specific qualification. This training consists of 5 modules with one new module published each month from April through August. Each module covers a different topic and will be approximately 10 minutes in length. The online learning sessions are now available!
Once you create an online learning account, you will have access to all future courses and be able to replay any course, at any time in the future. If you have any questions, please reach out to the IIPHRP Program Coordinator, Alexa Andrews, at email@example.com.