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.