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uVoice, a youth philanthropy board comprised of twelve students from seven Des Moines-area high schools, spent 2016 identifying unmet needs of central Iowa youth, specifically issues related to substance abuse.
Students wrote and released a "White Paper" discussing the results of the survey. The group made community-wide recommendations on how to best address the issue of youth substance abuse in Polk County.
Jobs for the Future;
A growing number of health care employers have made substantial investments in the skill and career growth of their frontline staff -- many of whom spend the most time with patients, taking vital signs, bringing meals, changing linens, and registering them into or out of the hospital or clinic. Iowa's UnityPoint Health, a leader in developing frontline workers, is committed in transforming the way it delivers care. UnityPoint Health's Des Moines hospitals and clinics are showing that it is possible to connect the dots between developing a skilled workforce and delivering better care. While this process is far from finished, UPH offers valuable lessons in aligning talent development with business objectives in the age of the Affordable Care Act. This is a case study of UnityPoint Health and its effort to transform care, develop frontline workers, and fully align these objectives in its Des Moines hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Jobs for the Future;
This report considers the best practices and the lessons learned from the National Fund's Youth/Industry Partnership Initiative (YIPI) which promoted investment in and engagement of young adult workers in Boston, MA; Hartford, CT; Seattle, WA; Mobile, AL; San Francisco, CA; and Des Moines, IA. This report looks across the entire YIPI project to isolate the most important information learned about successful recruitment, engagement, and placement of young adults.
Analyzes demographic, social, and poverty data and 2000-10 changes in the economies and housing markets of fourteen metropolitan areas to inform Casey's strategies for reinvesting in initiatives including rehabilitation and minimizing vacancies.
Analyzes indicators of metropolitan conditions and trends critical to transforming isolated low-income neighborhoods at ten sites: the economy and labor market, demographic change, income and poverty, social conditions, and housing and mortgage market.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA);
Encompassing over 36.6 square miles in Polk and Dallas Counties, Iowa, the West Des Moines Community School District (WDSD) consists of ten elementary schools, two junior high schools, a 9th grade school, a high school, and an alternative high school, with a student population of 8,600 and 1,200 staff. A Request for Proposal for RM services was issued in October 2002 and WDSD awarded the business to a team of a local waste hauler, Artistic Waste Services, Inc. and a consulting company, EnviroConn Consulting in December 2002. A 3-year RM contract wasn't formally signed until December 2003. The contract scope is for all waste and recyclables. Within the first year, WDSD credits RM for raising the awareness of students and teachers on source reduction and recycling, and for institutionalizing a school district-wide recycling program.