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Dems: Iowa students deserve better

August 21, 2015

As a new school year gets under way, I know teachers, staff, administrators and school boards will provide great educational opportunities for our students. However, they’ll face a challenge because funding is much less than they expected. Iowa education funding has fallen behind the increasing investments made by other states. We’re now in the bottom…

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Dems: One-time opportunity for rural communities

August 20, 2015

Through August 21, Iowa communities with populations of 5,000 or less can apply for funding to perform asbestos inspections on neglected buildings in a special round of funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Derelict Building Grant Program. This round of funding may be used by eligible communities to investigate the amount of asbestos…

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Dems: One-time opportunity for rural communities

August 20, 2015

Through August 21, Iowa communities with populations of 5,000 or less can apply for funding to perform asbestos inspections on neglected buildings in a special round of funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Derelict Building Grant Program. This round of funding may be used by eligible communities to investigate the amount of asbestos…

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Dems: New tool assesses wellbeing

August 2, 2015

Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative now offers a free assessment tool that allows Iowa businesses, schools and communities to measure and study their overall well-being. The tool assesses physical activity and nutrition, but also tobacco and substance abuse, dental health, community engagement and emotional health. Upon completion of the assessment, the school, workplace or community will…

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Dems: New tool assesses wellbeing

August 2, 2015

Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative now offers a free assessment tool that allows Iowa businesses, schools and communities to measure and study their overall well-being. The tool assesses physical activity and nutrition, but also tobacco and substance abuse, dental health, community engagement and emotional health. Upon completion of the assessment, the school, workplace or community will…

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Dems: App provides substance use information, resources

August 1, 2015

The Iowa Department of Public Health has released a new mobile app to provide substance use information. The Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment app allows you to quickly self-screen for risky or hazardous alcohol or drug use, provides health information, connects you with resources and makes referrals for treatment. Studies show that people…

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Dems: School-based oral health services available

July 31, 2015

Oral health is important for a child’s overall health and school readiness. Tooth decay affects a child’s ability to learn, speak, eat and sleep, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dental sealants are a simple, cost-effective and painless way to prevent decay. The I-Smile™@School program provides free dental sealants, oral screenings and fluoride…

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Dems: Halfway there on relief for suffering Iowans

July 30, 2015

Iowans living with debilitating conditions are now halfway to having access to new medical options. In 2014, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly approved a limited law making it legal to possess medical cannabis oil. However, no Iowan was helped by that law because there is no legal way to obtain the oil in Iowa. This year,…

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Dems: Halfway there on relief for suffering Iowans

July 30, 2015

Iowans living with debilitating conditions are now halfway to having access to new medical options. In 2014, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly approved a limited law making it legal to possess medical cannabis oil. However, no Iowan was helped by that law because there is no legal way to obtain the oil in Iowa. This year,…

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Dems: Mental health treatment must be available to Iowans

July 29, 2015

Public safety and medical professionals say Iowa has a mental health crisis. Legislators have been tackling that problem by improving the way mental health services are provided in our state. This year, we took steps to: Make more emergency psychiatric beds available (SF 401). Create a psychiatric bed tracking system so that medical professionals and…

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