NAME: Maridith Morris
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bloomington, Ind.
GREW UP: Indianola
CURRENT HOME: Johnston
Allen College of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science Nursing, 2013
Mercy College of Health Sciences, AS Nursing, 2008
Indianola High School, 2004
Sexual assault nurse examiner, adult and pediatric, Polk County Sexual Assault Response Team, 2014-present
RN lactation educator, Mercy Medical Center, 2013-2016
Labor and delivery/mother baby/intrapartum RN, Broadlawns Family Birthing Center, 2014-2015
Progressive care/ICU RN, Unitypoint Health 2010-2013
Agency RN, rural hospitals 2010-2012
Progressive care/telemetry RN, Mercy Medical Center 2008-2010
Kelsey Clark campaign for Iowa House, volunteer, 2012
Iowa caucus, precinct chair, 2016
Hike it Baby Des Moines, branch co-ambassador, 2015-present
Polk County Breastfeeding Coalition Core Team, member of steering committee, 2016-present
Iowa Homeless Youth Outreach, mentor, 2012
Mercy Medical Center, volunteer doula program, 2011-2013
Other organizations: Beaver Creek Elementary, Hubbell Elementary, Ballet Des Moines
FAMILY: Husband Jeff and children Blaze, 11, Malaya, 7, and Ehen, 1
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Unitarian Universalist
Please list your top three issues:
1. I am committed to protecting women’s health in our state. From pursuing testing of the more then 4,000 untested rape kits sitting on shelves, to increasing access to lactation consultants by establishing licensure, to protecting vital preventative reproductive health services. The health of Iowa’s women is my passion. I’m ready to go from the bedside to the Capitol to champion for women.
2. Advocating for timely and adequate school budgets. Every child deserves an education for the jobs of the future regardless of their ZIP Code. Our legislators need to follow the law and make education funding a priority so our local school districts can be prepared for the upcoming year.
3. Increasing access to mental health care. Our state is in crisis. We do not have enough beds, we do not have enough providers, and we do not have enough access to services. We need to increase the number of physicians, nurse practitioners, counselors and inpatient beds. We need these services to reach our schools so our children have somewhere to turn. My community has mourned too many young people lost to suicide. The cost is too great, human and financial. People are seeking psychiatric care in ERs and taking beds on medical floors. The drain is being felt throughout our healthcare system.
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