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HOPES Program Gets Iowa Family Support Credential

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The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health is pleased to announce that Greene County Medical Center Public Health’s HOPES program has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential – the 7th renewed Iowa program to earn this honored distinction. The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.

The Iowa Family Support Standards are based on the most up-to-date, evidence-based practice in the family support field.  Adherence to the standards indicates that the program is providing high-quality services that will result in positive outcomes for young children and their families.  

Public Health’s HOPES staff worked diligently toward meeting all of the 138 standards over the course of more than two years with the assistance of a program specialist.  A peer review was conducted by trained peers from central Iowa to validate the program’s adherence to the standards.  The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years. 

For additional information concerning the HOPES program, contact Becky Wolf at 515-386-3228 or becky.wolf@gcmchealth.com.

(HOPES staff, pictured left to right: Phyllis Woodley, Cheree Harp and Sara Miller.)