Iowa Ideas 2019
October 3 - 4 | Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Created by The Gazette, Iowa Ideas consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

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Human & Social Services

Rural Iowa seeks ways to prevent, cope with suicides

Marion County's suicide rate is lower than the statewide rate. But when a Knoxville teen and recent high school graduate died by suicide in late summe... READ MORE

Iowa sees rise in deaths by suicide, but some have hope

Daniel Jasper of Cedar Rapids wasn't counted among Iowa's 423 deaths by suicide in 2011. The 16-year-old was in a residential program at Boys Town, ju... READ MORE

Solving food deserts in Iowa: When small towns lose grocery stores, where do residents turn?

When Lone Tree, an Eastern Iowa city of about 1,300, saw LT's Fine Grocery close in October, it became another rural community across the country to l... READ MORE

Opportunities for rural Iowa: Our child care crisis will not fix itself

As with most other places in the United States, Iowa's data about the well-being of women and girls presents two contradictory stories:... READ MORE

100 miles from the nearest shelter. The story of domestic violence in rural Iowa

For Jones County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Feldmann, responding to a domestic disturbance often brings back memories of chaos and violence.... READ MORE

Iowa communities and businesses work together to find solutions for child care shortages

Five years ago, child care was in even shorter supply in Pella.... READ MORE

Child care center plays a key role in Carroll, Iowa's economic success

CARROLL - Community support has kept the Carroll Area Child Care Center and Preschool thriving for the past four decades in this rural city in west-ce... READ MORE

Unregulated providers fill in to meet Iowa's child care needs. Should we be worried?

When looking for someone they can trust to take care of their children, thousands of Iowa parents are logging onto Facebook.... READ MORE

New models may change how Iowa’s children are protected

CEDAR RAPIDS - To be successful in protecting the state's children, Iowans need to focus more on preventing child abuse and childhood trauma instead o... READ MORE

Offering hope: Faith-based providers add to social services in an evolving climate

When Samantha Allsup moved to Cedar Rapids in late 2017, she had her 4-year-old son with her and little else.... READ MORE

Announcing: new tracks for Iowa Ideas 2018

We are looking forward to new opportunities, new challenges and new conversations in 2018. With this in mind, we are making a few adjustments to the o... READ MORE

The 'unfortunate bystanders' in homelessness are Iowa's children

IOWA CITY - To fully understand the situation, let's look at some numbers.... READ MORE

Building resiliency against adverse childhood experiences

In his seventh-grade English class, Jeremiah Zhorne showed his teacher an essay he'd written for homework. Maybe, he told her, he should start over. M... READ MORE

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