Harkin Wellness Center & Community Garden

3509 E. 29th Street, Des Moines, IA 50317 | (515) 248-1666


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The PHC Harkin Wellness Center is located in the brown building directly across the parking lot from our East Side Clinic. We focus on improving the overall health and wellness of the community by addressing personal health and wellness issues, as well as broader social barriers to health such as transportation, housing, food insecurity, and access to education. A community garden and walking path are also located onsite and are open to the surrounding neighborhood to use.

Our current programming is currently focused on serving PHC patients, but over time we hope to grow to serve the greater Des Moines community.

3509 E 29th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317
(across from medical clinic)

(515) 248-1666

PHC will see patients regardless of ability to pay.

Programs & Services

Annual Wellness Visits

If you are a medicare beneficiary, you may eligible to receive a free Annual Wellness Visit. This is not a routine physical, but rather an opportunity to develop or personalize a wellness and prevention based plan based on your current health. The AWV will be performed by a PHC provider and includes the following:

  • Review of medical/family history
  • Measurement of height, weight, BMI, and blood pressure
  • A health risk assessment
  • Assessment of cognitive functions
  • Personalized health advice
  • Referrals to appropriate services based on our findings and your goal

Need a Wellness Visit?

Call (515) 248-1666 to find out if you are eligible or to schedule your appointment.

Health Education & Support Groups
  • Healthy Lifestyle Support Groups – This sixteen session, six-month long program will address wellness related topics such as exercise, nutrition, weight management, emotional well-being, self-esteem, and social interaction. It is offered in English and Spanish and is open to all PHC patients and staff.
    If you are interested in joining, call (515) 248-1666 or email akane@phcinc.net for more information.
  • All of Us – Education and assistance in this historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.
    Learn more at allofus.nih.gov
  • Walk with a Doc – Every first and third Saturday of the month at the community garden.
    Learn more at walkwithadoc.org
Therapeutic Community Garden

The community garden includes raised beds, edible landscaping, native plants, a walking path and “outdoor rooms” where you can sit and enjoy nature. The garden is open to the community; and we look forward to our patients, friends and neighbors using this beautiful space!





Attendees will be able to take a couple laps around the garden walking path to gather some healthy food or herbs to use in their recipes. Dr. Engebretsen (and some healthcare provider colleagues) will also initiate a Walk With a Doc program; which will offer the community an opportunity for health education and exercise.

Garden_Planting_Day-5 Garden_Planting_Day-4 Garden_Planting_Day-10 Dr. E watering wellness center team photo

Mobile Food Pantry

Every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 am, The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) operates a mobile food pantry, located adjacent to the garden in PHC’s clinic parking lot. The pantry can be used by patients, staff and community members with a photo ID.

the dmarc mobile food pantry

DMARC’s Mobile Food Pantry stops by the Harkin Wellness Center every Wednesdays from 9 am – 11:30 am.

PHC patients have the opportunity to receive three extra regular food items off of the food truck if they sign up for an Annual Wellness Visit.

3509 E 29th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

(515) 248-1666

No one is denied services due to inability to pay. 

Providers & Staff

Dr. Bery Engebretsen

Dr. Bery Engebretsen


Kathy Warren, LISW

Kathy Warren, LISW

Behavioral Health Program Director

Allison Kane

Allison Kane

Program Manager

Lillian Gomez Godinez

Lillian Gomez Godinez

Community Health Worker

Jennie Wonderlin

Jennie Wonderlin

Community Health Worker


Thank you for choosing PHC’s Harkin Wellness Center & Community Garden! PHC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit community health center. Your gift is tax-deductible.

If you prefer to mail your gift, please send to:

PHC Fund Development
1200 University Ave. #200
Des Moines, IA 50314

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