Coalition Forms to Coordinate Care Resources in Des Moines County

Southeast Iowa is one of six communities receiving State Innovation Model: Community Care Coalition (C3) Initiative grants through the Iowa Department of Public Health. Great River Medical Center applied for the grant on behalf of the community, in partnership with the Des Moines County Public Health Department and the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.

The purpose of the local coalition is to coordinate Southeast Iowa’s care resources to:

  • Improve access to residents
  • Improve communication among providers
  • Improve transitions among care services
  • Initiate changes to improve the community’s health
  • Integrate services to strengthen programs

“Southeast Iowa has many great organizations that help improve the health of the entire community,” said Mark Richardson, president and CEO, Great River Health. “The C3 Initiative grant will strengthen partnerships and communication between these organizations so we can work together to avoid duplication and focus on providing the services our community needs.”

The first contract period of the grant began Monday, March 7, and it will end Jan. 31, 2017. There is an option to renew the grant for an additional two years.

The C3 Initiative will focus on seven areas: diabetes, mental health, obesity, poverty, tobacco use, violent crime, and social determinants of health – social, economic and physical conditions in which people are born and live. Mental health, obesity, poverty and violent crime were identified as the greatest needs in Southeast Iowa in recent community health needs assessment. The remaining three areas were named areas of need by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The C3 steering committee will consist of:

  • Members of the three organizations that applied for the grant
  • Representatives from other organizations that provide services in the focus areas
  • People who use services in the focus areas
  • Organizations that are affected by and interested in the community’s health

“Our community offers many services that are underutilized and unfamiliar to providers, citizens and social services agencies,” said Barbara Baker, administrator, Southeast Iowa Public Health Department. “The community coordinator overseeing this grant will pull these services together and help disseminate information.”

The grant provides funding for a full-time coordinator, supported by an administrative assistant, who will organize and monitor the community’s efforts. A search began Monday. Candidates may apply at

“The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Committee is excited to be part of this grant opportunity to improve the health in our region,” said Zach James, planning director. “With southeast Iowa being among the unhealthiest areas in the state, this is the opportunity we need to begin the transformation of our region into a healthier place to live for all residents.”

The grant aligns with Gov. Terry Branstad’s goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.

“Hospitals, public health agencies, nursing facilities, education organizations, local government and more will come together in these six communities to transform the health care delivery system,” Branstad said.

The six C3 communities, awarded a total of $1.3 million in aggregate for their first year’s work, were selected by an evaluation committee consisting of state government and other partner organizations. The other C3 awardees and their communities are:

  • Community Health Partners of Sioux County – Sioux County
  • Dallas County Public Health Nursing Services – Dallas County
  • Linn County Board of Health – Linn County
  • Marion County Public Health Department – Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold and Wayne counties
  • Webster County Health Department – Buena Vista, Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright counties

SIM is led by the Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Healthcare Collaborative.