Iowa Department of Human Rights Newsletter

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February 17, 2023

The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage.  Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.

African Americans in Iowa: 2023 Profile 

We continue to celebrate Black History Month throughout February. To learn more, the State Data Center has published the 2023 Profile of African Americans in Iowa. 

Get the 2023 Profile here. 

Snapshot of African Americans in Iowa Profile

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Nominations Open 

The Iowa Women's Hall of Fame honors women who make history for their contributions in a multitude of fields like education, arts, science, sports, and public service. If you would like to nominate someone for the 2023 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, please fill out the applicable nomination form with supporting materials and send them to by April 1, 2023.

For more information, visit the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.

Medicaid Continuous Coverage Protections

What Advocates for Older Adults Need to Know

Advocates play a crucial role in ensuring people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid do not face disruptions due to improper Medicaid terminations by working with state officials and partner organizations. A new fact sheet, Unwinding Medicaid Continuous Coverage Protections: Implications and Advocacy for Individuals Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, provides information about the “unwinding” process and identifies steps that advocates can take with their states and partners to address the specific challenges facing dual eligible individuals during this transition.

Get the Fact Sheet. 

People You Should Know: Kenny Lilly

PYSK Kenny Lilly

At the Department of Human Rights, we are honored to know many Iowans who work without fanfare to make our state better. Our People You Should Know series will introduce you to Iowans who give their skills, talents and knowledge to make a real difference in Human Rights in Iowa.

This month we feature Des Moines based, youth Advocate, Kenny Lilly of "Do the Math 247".

Learn about Kenny and other People You Should Know by subscribing to Iowa Department of Human Rights on YouTube.

Indian Hills Diversity Conference

 The Indian Hills Diversity Conference will take place on 18th Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, March 24, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM. For more information, and to register please visit

Indian Hills CC Diversity Conference

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Des Moines, IA 50319
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