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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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Dems: Deadline approaching to reverse governor’s vetoes

July 28, 2015

We’ve joined the call for a special legislative session to reverse Governor Branstad’s vetoes of bipartisan funding for schools, colleges and universities, and mental health treatment. Governor Branstad’s claim that fiscal responsibility required the vetoes doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. That’s because the budget that the Legislature finally approved was actually $165.8 million less than…

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Dems: Ensuring top-notch health care for vulnerable Iowans

July 24, 2015
Dems: Ensuring top-notch health care for vulnerable Iowans

This next week marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were established on July 30, 1965. Today, Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This includes families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living…

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Dems: Iowa Women in Agriculture Annual Conference

July 13, 2015

“Emerging Trends in Agriculture” is the theme of the 9th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny on August 4. The cost of the conference is $50, including the evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration is due by July 25. For more information, visit www.iowawomeninag.org.  

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