The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) coordinates public and private efforts to develop and maintain an appropriate health care delivery infrastructure and a stable, well-qualified, diverse, and sustainable health care workforce in Iowa. The health care delivery infrastructure and the health care workforce must address the broad array of health care needs of Iowans throughout their lifespan including long-term care needs.
The Department is required to: develop a strategic plan for health care delivery infrastructure and health care workforce resources in Iowa; provide for continuous collection of data to provide a basis for health care strategic planning and health care policymaking; and make recommendations on the health care delivery infrastructure and the health care workforce that assist in monitoring current needs, predicting future trends, and informing policymaking.
The Iowa Health Workforce Center is the IDPH unit designed to coordinate this work. The Center will staff the Health and Long-Term Care Access Advisory Council established in House File 2539 Health Care Reform legislation.
The Iowa Health Workforce Center will soon establish a new mission and strategic goals consistent with recommendations from stakeholders obtained at the Health and Long-Term Care Workforce Summit in November 2007 and with guidance from the Health and Long-Term Care Access Advisory Council.