Note from the CEO, Kelly Huntsman
As 2018 draws to a close, I would like to take some time to reflect on what this year has meant for Primary Health Care. We have had successes, large and small, across the organization and we’ve highlighted a few in this quarter’s newsletter.
One example I am particularly proud of is the professionalism, care, and compassion our team in Marshalltown exercised during the severe weather that swept through that community in July. In the hours and days following the tornado, I was pleased our staff did not hesitate to go above and beyond to assist our patients, and one another. The aftermath of the tornado was devastating for many in the community and our team responded with donations of clothing, financial contributions, groceries, and their time. We witnessed the staff live our mission of caring for the vulnerable and underserved; even as many experienced their own tremendous personal losses.
In 2019, we are looking forward to opening our new Specialty Health Clinic in Marshalltown and the Wellness Center at the East Side Campus in Des Moines. Our Medication Assisted Treatment program for substance abuse continues to grow and make a positive impact in Ames, Des Moines, and Marshalltown.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and we could not do the work we do without the support of the community. As you consider making a tax-deductible gift during this holiday season, I hope you will consider supporting PHC.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a prosperous, healthy New Year,
Things to smile about in the fall of 2018
Pediatric Dental Expansion
In early 2019, we will be completing our pediatric dental expansion at our existing dental clinic in Marshalltown. This expansion will allow us to serve more children in need of specialty dental care in Marshalltown and the surrounding communities.
Our Director of Dental Operations, Tena Springer noted, “We were thrilled to receive a lead gift from the Delta Dental Foundation to help make this clinic expansion a reality. They are passionate about giving back to their communities and we truly appreciate their support!” We could not have completed this project without the strong support of corporate and community partners like the Delta Dental Foundation.
The Project's Record Breaking 2,000 Tests in 2018
The Project prevention team shared that they have hit record-breaking testing numbers with more than 2,000 HIV and STI tests performed. The team has taken our mobile health unit on the road to local bars and festivals as well as several testing events at Iowa State University, Simpson, Central and Grinnell College. The Project continues to have excellent outcomes with 85% of their patients living with HIV virally suppressed, far exceeding the national average of 46%.
Introducing our new Wellness Center
Dr. Bery Engebretsen, Chief Medical Officer; Jennie Wonderlin, Community Health Worker; Allison Kane, Program Manager; and Lillian Gomez-Godinez, Community Health Worker.
The PHC Wellness Center’s is located at our East Side Clinic and exists to address social determinants of health (such as transportation, housing, food insecurity, economic stability, stress, addiction, education, etc.) and improve overall community health and wellness.
Current programming at the center is focused on serving PHC patients, but over time we hope to develop wellness programs in partnership with various community organizations.
Our team is excited to be part of a diabetes study conducted by the University of Chicago. Other projects include food boxes for patients experiencing food insecurity in partnership with the University of Iowa and DMARC, and developing a community advisory board in early 2019.
Interested in joining our community advisory board? Reach out to Allison Kane for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year End Charitable Contribution
Our programs and services impact underserved children and adults, people living with HIV, homeless families and individuals; and others who face barriers to care. Your gift helps people living right here in central Iowa. As you consider making a tax-deductible gift for the end of 2018, I urge you to consider supporting PHC.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and we could not do the work that we do without your support!