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The Latest News:Prepare to Care Modules Meet CurrentFederal Requirements for Home Health Aide and Hospice Aide Training
Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals Training Officer/State RAI Coordinator Susan Odell recently provided Dr. Anita Stineman, Prepare to Care Curriculum Director and Instructor Trainer, with the following new information:

"December 21, 2015
The combined Prepare to Care Personal Activities of Daily Living (PADL) and the Health Monitoring and Maintenance (HMM) curriculums meet the current federal requirements for Home Health Aide and Hospice Aide training."

Download this PDF version of the statement for your use or sharing with others:

If you have questions, please direct them to Dr. Stineman at anita-stineman@uiowa.edu or Arlinda McKeen at amckeen@sppg.com.

About the Prepare to Care Curriculum
The curriculum developed through the Direct Care Workforce Initiative is now available statewide! These resources give more information about the trainings and how DCPs can combine courses into Career Pathways to earn Advanced Training Certificates.

General information about Prepare to Care:


About Prepare to Care training for direct care professionals:


About Prepare to Care training for employers:


About Prepare to Care training for use by community colleges:


About Prepare to Care training for consumers, family members, and the public:


Career Pathways and Course Descriptions with Specialty Training:


Click here to watch a short video about the Prepare to Care curriculum!

Employer Webinar Recording - June 19, 2014 - click here
Employer Webinar PowerPoint - June 19, 2014


Ambassador Webinar Recording - June 19, 2014 - click here
Ambassador Webinar PowerPoint - June 19, 2014


Oral Health Specialty Training Pilot Nears End of Phase 1
The first Prepare to Care Specialty Training has been developed and piloted - the Oral Health Specialty. This two-year project to develop, pilot, and evaluate competency-based curriculum will continue through June 2016. Twenty-three instructors have been trained, and training for the pilot participants was completed in fall 2015. A review of the pilot findings is underway, curriculum review will occur in the spring, and stay tuned for further information about next steps.

General information about Mouth Care Matters and the Oral Health Specialty Training:


Information for Employers about Mouth Care Matters and the Oral Health Specialty Training:


Information for Direct Care Professionals about Mouth Care Matters and the Oral Health Specialty Training:


Please check back for future training opportunities for the Oral Health Specialty Training.


How to Access Prepare to Care Training
Free Online Core
Take the Prepare to Care Core Training online for free at http://directcare.training-source.org/
This course is great for new and continuing education for direct care professionals. It includes training in person-centered care and support, communication and interpersonal skills, documentation, infection control, and more.

Find a Class or Instructor

If you are a direct care professional interested in taking this training or an employer interested in having your staff take this training, sign up here to receive information: http://bit.ly/PTCinterest
Contact one of these trained instructors to arrange class offerings:


Contact these community colleges to ask about course offerings in your area:


How to Become an Instructor

See this document for eligibility criteria to become a a Prepare to Care instructor:

If you meet the criteria, sign up here to receive information about instructor trainings: http://bit.ly/PTCinterest



Upcoming Prepare to Care Instructor Trainings

The application process is now open for Spring 2016 instructor training. If you are interested in becoming a Prepare to Care instructor, please apply through the link provided below. The dates and location for the April training is as follows:

April 6-8, 2016, at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids
April 6 - 7: Core, Personal Activities of Daily Living, and Health Monitoring and Maintenance
April 6 & 8: Core, Home & Community Living, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and Personal Support

The following sessions are only open to Community College Instructors:
February 24-26, 2016 at Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny
February 24 - 25: Core, Personal Activities of Daily Living, and Health Monitoring and Maintenance
February 24 & 26: Core, Home & Community Living, Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, and Personal Support
February 25: Core only

Training is offered as part of the Iowa Department of Public Health and College of Nursing Prepare to Care Direct Care Workforce Initiative. Both types of instructors will be trained (instructor requirements listed above). Every instructor must take two days of training: one day focused on Principles of Adult Learning and the other day focused on the modules which they are planning to teach. Be sure to review the eligibility criteria to review the types of instructors and associated modules. There is no cost for the instructor training, but individuals will be responsible for their own travel costs (mileage, meals, and lodging if needed). Click here to apply to attend an instructor training


Important Links

Like the Direct Care Workforce Initiative on Facebook: www.facebook.com/iowadirectcare
Prepare to Care Instructor Wiki (for current trained instructors only): http://iowadirectcareinstructors.wikispaces.com
Iowa Care Book is Iowa’s Direct Care Professional Directory. This site provides information about direct care professionals who have completed training and certificates in Prepare to Care: www.iowacarebook.com
Iowa Department of Public Health's website for the Direct Care Workforce Initiative: www.idph.state.ia.us/directcar