Des Moines-based Primary Health Care will launch its new mobile clinic in Grinnell on Monday, Nov. 20 to provide reproductive health care services for area residents who might otherwise not have easy access to these services in an affordable, confidential way. PHC is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving the insured, uninsured and underinsured.
The mobile clinic, staffed by an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Light Center for Community Health, 306 Fourth Ave., Grinnell. In addition, the mobile clinic plans to be open the same hours at that location on the following Mondays: Dec. 4, Dec. 18 and Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, 2018 and depending on usage, will explore additional dates after that.
To schedule an appointment at the mobile clinic, contact PHC's Marshalltown location at 641-753-4021 and ask for an appointment in Grinnell. Appointments are open to college students and community members.
"With the closure of Central Iowa Family Planning Clinic in Grinnell in 2016, we had concerns from the community, both college and county, for the need to access affordable, confidential, high-quality reproductive healthcare services," said Dr. Laura Ferguson, family physician at Family Medicine in Grinnell.
"At that time, a coalition of local organizations, including Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Grinnell College, contacted PHC to help us provide these services to the county area," she added. "There's a shuttle service to PHC in Marshalltown that started this fall, but the mobile clinic in Grinnell will be even more convenient for students and other residents of Poweshiek County."
"Mobile clinics are used around the world to take healthcare services into the neighborhoods that need them," said Kelly Huntsman, executive director of Primary Health Care. "This is a new service for us at Primary Health Care, but we are excited to put our new mobile clinic to use, allowing us to expand outreach to new service areas."
- Reproductive health care services available at the mobile clinic include:
- Annual reproductive exams for all genders
- Contraceptive management (all methods available, including long-acting reversible contraceptives such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and Nexplanon, an implant inserted under the skin, typically in the upper arm
- Reproductive life planning
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
- Pregnancy testing
- Diagnosis and treatment of other problems related to sexual health, including yeast infections, urinary tract infections, etc.
The shuttle service on selected Saturdays from Grinnell to Primary Health Care in Marshalltown also offers easy access to affordable, confidential, high quality reproductive health care services. The shuttle, a gray 2016 Chevy Equinox, will leave at 9 a.m. from Drake Community Library, 930 Park St., on the following Saturdays: Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.
Dedicated appointments for Grinnell shuttle patients will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on these shuttle dates. To make an appointment, call the Marshalltown Primary Health Care Clinic at 641-753-4021 and tell the receptionist you are a Grinnell family planning patient. The shuttle will leave Marshalltown at noon and return to the Drake Community Library by 1 p.m.
About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.
Cutline for attached photo: The brightly colored Primary Health Care mobile clinic includes two private exam rooms.