On Saturday, February 15 three members of the Population health team from Promise Community Health Center set out on a pilot project at Hoogland Dairy just West of Maurice, Iowa. We had one goal; bring opportunities for increased preventative care to an underserved population, our farm workers.
As we pulled onto the mud-covered drive of Hoogland dairy, the car buzzed with an excitement and anticipation for what lay ahead. Trickles of water ran across the mud driveway, the warm, bright sunshine overhead, and the rich smell of a dairy farm signaled the hope of a changing season. New beginnings; a hope for a healthier tomorrow.
Our team spent 3 hours at the dairy meeting workers. We performed blood pressure and BMI checks, screenings for prediabetes, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. During this time we were able to perform health screenings for 10 employees. None of these employees had seen a provider for preventative care in the past 5 years.
Many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol often go undetected due to limited or slow onset symptoms. If these conditions continue without identification can result in significant medical problems.
Annual physicals, well women appointments, well child check- ups and health screenings are key to early identification of preventable, life altering diseases. The team at Promise Community Health Center is dedicated to providing high quality, evidence based care through our medical teams, pharmacist, behavioral health and population health team. Regular screenings bring these opportunities for a healthier tomorrow.
Our Promise Nurse health coaches work one-on-one with individuals and their families in the clinic setting to evaluate health needs, environment and barriers to better health. In doing so, they help their patients establish a plan and guide them and their families along the way to achieve the plan. They also work closely with local and state resources to ensure that each person receives the support that they need.
One of the services our Population Health team here at Promise offers is Health Coaching. We offer free, high quality health coaching for individuals and families. All of the health coaching centers around you as the patient – your goals, needs, and input. Another service we offer is Nutrition Counseling. The health coaches at Promise Community Health Center provide healthy eating counseling through education on My Plate, the Mediterranean Diet, and 5-2-1-0. One other service we offer is Weight Loss Support. The health coaches at Promise Community Health Center are here to provide focused, long term support to help you identify your why and help you reach your goals. Our Population Health team also offers High Blood Pressure Assistance. The Population health team at Promise Community Health Center works in collaboration with your provider care team and our Pharm D to ensure that your blood pressure is managed. Our health coach visits are free to you and allow you to learn what may be leading to your elevated blood pressure, how to monitor it in your home and what you can do to improve your numbers.
The Promise Community Population health team believes your health begins at home and is a family affair! Our Population Health team here at Promise offers Family/Kids Nutrition Support. Our team works closely with parents and kids to help provide education, resources and support on how to build a healthy lifestyle. Our Population Health team also offers Prediabetes Prevention/Education, along with Diabetes Care. Through collaborative efforts with the medical team, Promise Community Health Center is screening and identifying patients at high risk for prediabetes. When identified as having prediabetes, the Population health team will provide education, support and referral to Diabetes Prevention programs. The nurse health coaches at Promise Community Health Center work in collaboration with the provider care teams and Pharm D to provide you evidence-based education, support and access to the resources you need to live a long, vibrant life.