2017-18 Highlights

 Legislative Advocacy

During the 2017 and 2018 Iowa legislative sessions, Steve lobbied on behalf of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose mission is to “support the optimal health of children by addressing the needs of children, their families, their communities, and their health care providers.” Steve advocated on a wide range of child health and safety issues, including childhood obesity prevention, family support, access to care, gun safety, immunizations, school concussions, EPSDT, childhood, public health, and drug-affected children. Here are summaries of some of the Iowa-AAP policy work in the 2017 and 2018 sessions.


Steve will be continuing his lobby work on behalf of the Iowa-AAP in the 2019 session. Information on the Iowa-AAP and its 2018 agenda is available here.


Healthy Homes Des Moines logoSteve prepared a successful Letter of Intent and full proposal for a $250,000 national grant to support the work of Healthy Homes Des Moines to address environmental hazards affecting childhood asthma. This grant will support two years of support for children and policy advocacy for funding and laws to reduce asthma triggers in their living environments.


Steve edited Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.’s successful 200-page grant application to the Iowa DHS for funding to provide regional and statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Services.  Mid-Sioux will receive over $6 million for up to six years to provide Regional CCR&R services and undertake statewide communication and training.

Policy Analysis

Scott Advocacy has developed reports and presentations to help inform discussions and debate concerning child welfare reform in Iowa.


Iowa Child Abuse Figures Surge in 2017

In May 2018, Scott Advocacy issued a report, 2017 Sees Surge in Iowa Child Abuse Cases, describing the unprecedented single-year increase in reports and abused children from 2016-17. The report provides both state and local data and figures on abuse trends going back more than two decades.  The Des Moines Register highlighted this research in a featured article, “Confirmed child abuse in Iowa is skyrocketing. Here's why.”  Scott Advocacy also released a related PowerPoint PDF, Iowa Child Abuse Figures Surge in 2017, with charts, graphs, and background notes.


In June 2017, Soctt Advocacy released a report, Looking at Iowa’s Child Welfare Data to Inform Policy Choices, using Iowa Department of Human Services data to analyze reports and assessments of child abuse, the number of types of abuse, county-specific figures, and child welfare services and costs. The paper raised concerns about whether Iowa has committed sufficient resources to protect its children and reduce further abuse.


At the same time, Scott Advocacy developed a PowerPoint presentation reviewing Iowa child abuse trends and challenges through 2016 to inform discussions on how to respond at the state and local levels. The presentation has extensive notes and can be customized to include county-specific data.

Advocacy Training

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In April 2018, Steve co-presented a plenary session on legislative advocacy at the Iowa Conference on Perinatal Medicine and led a workshop on the same subject at the annual conference of the Iowa Public Health Association.