A Note From Kelly Huntsman, CEO:
2017 was a year of growth and opportunity for PHC. We experienced great success last year, and a challenge or two along the way. Our growth included opening a new dental clinic at 1200 University Avenue in Des Moines; a satellite clinic at Hoover High School and expanded hours at CISS; adding medication assisted substance abuse and behavioral health services; and taking our mobile health unit on the road to Grinnell. Family planning services for a six county area, served out of our Marshalltown site, started last spring and a new clinic on the West Side opened over the summer. We had a net increase of 54 employees and now employ a total of 381 employees. In the last seven years, we have doubled our number of employees over all!
There are many moving parts and behind the scenes players that help us execute these new programs and services. I am proud of this organization and our hard working and committed staff. They have our patients’ best interest at heart and are truly mission driven. I am also grateful to the many community partners that collaborate and contribute to our work in a variety of different ways. Organizations such as CISS, Des Moines Public Schools, United Way of Central Iowa, Polk County Continuum of Care Board, Family Planning Council of Iowa, Iowa Department of Public Health, DMARC, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Colon Cancer Foundation, SATUCI, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and many others… thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration to reach the most vulnerable and underserved living in our communities.
The last year was not without its challenges, especially as a community health provider. Receiving correct compensation for the services we provide has often been challenging. Battling for funding and being subject to decisions made on the state and federal level can be daunting. This past year has been unique and at times tumultuous, due to factors beyond our control. Some of those challenges have carried over into 2018. We are hopeful that Congress will address the community health center and teaching health center funding needs soon. Thank you to our friends, staff and community partners that have contacted our elected officials and advocated on our behalf. We appreciate your time and effort! We may need you again before this over, so please continue to respond when you see an “Advocacy Request” come your way!
We are excited to kick off 2018 and look forward to serving our patients and communities in the manner they have come to expect – providing accessible, excellent care with compassion, respect and integrity.
Cheers to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Join us for our annual event!
Join us Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Forté Banquet and Conference Center in downtown Des Moines! The cocktail reception kicks off at 5:30pm with the program getting underway at 6:30pm. KCCI’s Eric Hanson will be our master of ceremonies for the evening.
We are excited to share and celebrate the accomplishments of PHC as well as honor a longtime friend and supporter of our mission. Each year we choose an organization or individual who has supported PHC’s mission, to care for the underserved and vulnerable living in Central Iowa, and applaud their engagement in community health. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2018 winner!
Past honorees include Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines (2017), Senator Matt McCoy (2016), Nationwide Insurance and the late Mr. David Hurd (2015).
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Out & About: PHC Out in the Community
by Natalia Trimnell
It has been a busy winter for the community outreach team and we are ramping up for the spring. PHC is consistently seeking opportunities to reach and engage with the people we serve throughout central Iowa to promote access to our unique programs and services.
As we wrapped up 2017 we finished with a flurry of events. Scavo Community Night at the Central Campus is always a fun and well attended evening. We were able to engage with Scavo students and their families, sharing about the services we provide in our school-based clinic, located on the 4th floor of the Central Campus building. We were also present at the Anawim Housing Resource Fair, Monroe Health Fair, Transgender Education Summit and many non-profit coalition meetings throughout central Iowa.
We are proud to have our new mobile health unit and the community outreach team has been “on the road” participating in many community events throughout central Iowa. On December 1, World AIDS Day, we partnered with La Reina Radio Station to promote HIV/STI testing to the Latinx community. Our mobile health unit was parked outside of their studio on East Grand and they promoted testing, live on air, throughout the day. It was one of those balmy December days we were lucky enough to have and we saw a great turn out! The Project Outreach team was also out at Central College, Simpson College, The Garden Nightclub and AJ’s on East Court.
If you have an event/expo that you think we should know about, please contact Natalia Trimnell at email@example.com or (515) 248-1843 with the details!