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Stineman Receives Recognition, Gratitude ‘From the Heart’

Professor Anita Stineman, PhD, RN, was recently honored with Iowa CareGivers’ “From the Heart” recognition for her leadership in establishing consistent, portable, and accessible education for those who work in direct care. 

The recognition acknowledges organizations and individuals who have demonstrated support for direct care workers and the Iowans they serve. Direct care workers are the front line workers who assist older Iowans and people with disabilities in their homes, in nursing and assisted living facilities, in hospice, hospitals, and in group homes and other settings. Totaling more than 70,000, they are Iowa’s largest and fastest growing occupation.

“Your hard work, quiet compassion, and commitment have not gone unnoticed,” noted Maribel Slinde, board chair, Iowa CareGivers. “You have consistently demonstrated an appreciation for the important role that those in direct care play. You have not only listened to their views, but also acted on their recommendations.”

The Iowa CareGivers is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that was created to ensure that all Iowans have access to good care when and where they need it. Iowa CareGivers accomplishes this by focusing on serving the needs of and providing an independent voice for the direct care workers who provide those services.

Dr. Stineman’s work represents an important outreach and engagement with state partners to improve the quality of care of older adults. She was honored during an awards luncheon that was held in conjunction with the Iowa CareGivers statewide conference on September 8 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.

“This is a wonderful recognition of Anita’s contributions in leading the development of the state’s direct care curriculum and streamlining the education standards for those who work in direct care,” said Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN professor & associate dean for faculty.

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Iowa CareGivers was founded in 1992 in response to the growing concerns about the shortage and high turnover rates of those who work in direct care. The organization’s sole purpose is to improve the direct care profession by advocating for policies and practices that address the needs of the workers. The Iowa CareGivers' mission and vision are built upon the premise that a stable, well educated, trained, respected and compensated direct care workforce is vital to the safety and well-being of all Iowans. More information can be found at

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Sep 11th, 2014