Iowa Sister States Welcomes Our Ukrainian Delegates from Open World Leadership Center

Ukrainian delegates with host families at DSM Airport

We have been so pleased to host our Open World delegates from Ukraine this week! Their program, "Health Reform in Legislation" has been chock-a-block with informational sessions from all walks of the health field here in Iowa. The delegates met with representatives from AARP and the Iowa Department of Aging, which both addressed the aging Iowan population. They also met with Iowa Secretary of State, Paul Pate, at the Iowa Capitol, as well as with Senator Zach Nunn on the Senate floor.

Ukrainian delegates meet Iowa State Senator Zach Nunn on the Senate floor.

At the DMACC Health Sciences building, there were 19 programs to learn about, including Fire Science, which held in its classroom an actual ambulance! Sue Dinsdale, from ICAN, came to talk to the group about how they are keeping up the fight for healthcare reform in the Iowa Legislature. Meeting with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative taught the delegates about sustainable healthcare, and then they had a tour of Des Moines University's facilities, and became acquainted with their top-notch work in global health.

Appointments to meet with the VA and Blank Children's Hospital, as well as with the American Heart Association and government officials are yet to occur at this writing. A dinner to celebrate the delegates and home hosts will cap off the successful visit! We are so grateful to our home hosts for sharing their homes and gracious Iowa hospitality in making our Ukrainian guests comfortable during their stay here in the US.

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