IHCA Allied Health Care Councils
The Allied Health Care Councils within IHCA are composed of members’ employees with specialized areas of expertise based on their professional responsibilities. Each Council has its own constitution and bylaws to govern its activities and works in conjunction with the IHCA Convention and Education Committee to develop applicable and timely education topics.
For more information about one of IHCA's Allied groups, contact Julie or Cindy at 800.422.3106.
Iowa Society Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine
IHCA is pleased to announce the Iowa Society for Post-Acute & Long Term Care Medicine (IPALTC) Chapter (www.ipaltc.org), formerly known as the Iowa Medical Directors Association, is relaunching. IPALTC, a nonprofit state professional association and IHCA allied health care partner, is committed to the continuous improvement of the quality of care by providing education, advocacy, information, and professional development for medical directors, physicians, and nurse practitioners and physician assistants who practice in post-acute and long term care settings in the state of Iowa (nursing facilities, home health agencies and assisted living programs).
IPALTC is the state chapter of the AMDA-The Society Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. AMDA specializes in providing clinical tools and educational programs to ensure their members are effective practitioners and become one of the best sources for dealing with challenging clinical, administrative, and ethical issues in post-acute and long term care. AMDA, with more than 4,500 members, is an organization committed to improving the quality of care in the post-acute and long term care continuum.
Iowa's PA and LTC health care practitioners have an important role in IHCA's member organizations. "There is a growing commitment, both with the medical profession and the operators and nurses in the post-acute and long-term care continuum, to promote excellence in medical and nursing care for our patients and residents,” said John Rachow, MD, IPALTC Past President. At both the state level through IPALTC, and the federal level through the national organization of AMDA, the IHCA and IPALTC will work together to:
- Promote excellence in medical care and to improve the quality of life in long term care settings.
- Promote peer education and consultation among physicians and other clinicians caring for residents and patients in long term care settings.
- Promote and improve medical direction in long-term and post-acute care and disseminate information on long term care medical administration and practice.
- Make recommendations to governmental agencies responsible for regulation and surveillance of care in long term care settings.
- Promote collaboration among medical directors and medical practitioners with administrators and operators of long term care facilities and home care agencies in matters affecting resident and patient care policies and practices.
To learn more about joining your medical director, attending physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, see the membership information for the state chapter and national organization: Iowa Society for Post-Acute & Long Term Care Medicine Chapter (IPALTC) & National: AMDA-The Society Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Please let your health care practitioner partners know about this outstanding resource for them.
See our Intro to AMDA flier that you can print and share with your medical professionals. Questions can be directed to Cindy Baddeloo, IHCA Sr. VP & COO, at 800.422.3106.
Iowa Council of Health Care Assistants (ICHCA)
The Iowa Council of Health Care Assistants (ICHCA) gives the IHCA, ICAL and ICHC Boards insight into health care assistants’ education needs and career growth goals. Its members also serve as advocates for health care assistants by meeting with state and federal elected officials to educate them on the health care assistants’ role in meeting the health care needs of Iowans. Consider ICHCA as the caregivers’ voice in IHCA.
Any certified nursing assistant, certified medication aide, rehabilitation/restorative aide, home health aide, hospice aide and universal worker who works for an IHCA member organization is invited to be a member of ICHCA and to serve on its Steering Committee.
The ICHCA Steering Committee, consisting of caregivers from across the state, meets quarterly and holds an all-member networking conference call each quarter. ICHCA hosts an annual caregivers’ conference each December in Des Moines.
The ICHCA Steering Committee works in partnership with the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA).
The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL)
The Iowa Council of Nurse Leaders (ICNL) represents all licensed nurses employed by IHCA member organizations including directors of nursing, charge nurses and private-duty nurses. ICNL promotes a positive public image of nursing in long term services and supports, serves as a resource on long term health care issues, encourages quality improvement efforts, and supports the activities of IHCA.
Nurses employed by an IHCA member organization is invited to be a member of ICNL and to serve on its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee meets quarterly and works with the IHCA Vice President, Education, to determine topics for nursing-related education opportunities throughout the year including one-day conferences, webinars, district education and multi-day conferences.
Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP)
The Iowa Council of Activity Professionals (ICAP) offers all activity services staff members education and professional growth opportunities through meetings and communications. ICAP promotes understanding of the activity professional role in the health care system, encourages teamwork with other disciplines, promotes effective resident activities and family/community involvement programs, and encourages availability and quality of activity professional education.
The ICAP Steering Committee meets quarterly to discuss survey trends and education priorities. ICAP holds a monthly networking call for all activity professionals, as well as, a one-day annual conference each spring and a feature education at the IHCA ICAL July district education. Their annual meeting is held in conjunction with the IHCA Convention and Trade Show in September.
Iowa Council of Dining Professionals (ICDP)
The Iowa Council of Dining Professionals (ICDP) is dedicated to promoting excellence in dining services through education, professional development and employee retention opportunities. ICDP's goals include:
• Promoting optimal health and nutritional status of the community its members serve.
• Establishing collaborative relationships with other health professionals and support personnel to deliver effective nutritional services.
• Advancing the dietary profession with advocacy, education and networking.
• Demonstrating the highest standards in food service management while delivering an optimal dining experience.
The ICDP Steering Committee meets quarterly and helps define the profession's education and legislative priorities. Each fall, ICDP holds an Annual Dietary Conference that covers current issues in dietary and food service programming and also hosts the feature education at the IHCA ICAL November district education.
Iowa Council of Social Services (ICSS)
The Iowa Council of Social Services (ICSS) promotes excellence and professional development in social services in long term services and supports settings. Working with the geriatric population and their loved ones require special training and knowledge of resources to meet their specific needs, and ICSS is devoted to helping professionals meet those needs.
ICSS is open to all member organizations' social services personnel and holds a quarterly conference call that offers profession updates and networking, an annual day-long conference, and hosts the featured education at the IHCA ICAL February district education.
Iowa Council of Environmental Services (ICES)
The Iowa Council of Environmental Services (ICSS) is dedicated to the professional development of environmental and housekeeping professionals in long term services and supports settings. Meeting the regulatory requirements, including survey issues, and special needs of the frail and elderly they service are common topics of education and networking discussions.
ICES is open to all member organizations' environmental and housekeeping personnel. The group holds conference calls each quarter that offer profession updates and problem-solving ideas, sponsors education at the IHCA ICAL annual convention and the annual Life and Fire Safety Conference as well as hosts the featured education at the IHCA ICAL May district education.