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Broadlawns Medical Center Announces Broadlawns Local Initiative


Des Moines, IA (January 23, 2017) – Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) shared details today for its Broadlawns Local initiative that has been established to address social determinants of health (SDOH) within the neighborhoods that surround the medical campus.

“As the community hospital for Polk County and the largest employer in North Des Moines, Broadlawns recognizes that attending to the overall health of the community extends beyond providing traditional medical care,” said Jody Jenner, President and CEO of BMC. “With the help of longstanding North and East Des Moines neighborhood leader, Wayne Ford, the Broadlawns Local initiative was developed to address some of the core needs of community residents and to revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods.  We’ve spent time with leadership from Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the City of Baltimore to glean insight as to how they effectively impacted similar neighborhoods in Baltimore, and we intend to emulate their success here in North Des Moines.”

Broadlawns Local incorporates a multifaceted approach to addressing SDOH that include: income, education, environment, health and socialization.  Plans for the Broadlawns Local initiative currently include:

T.E.C.H. – A pilot program with high school students, Training and Education for a Career in Healthcare (T.E.C.H.), was launched in November 2016. The T.E.C.H. program is a six month paid internship that will provide students with mentoring and professional development opportunities within a healthcare setting. As part of the program, students will earn a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. The pilot T.E.C.H. program is comprised of students from North High School and Hoover High School and is being administered in collaboration with the Des Moines Public Schools, Signature Healthcare and Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (IJAG).

T.E.A.C.H. – A pilot program focusing on adults, Training and Educating Adults for a Career in Healthcare (T.E.A.C.H), will be initiated this spring.  This paid fellowship program for adults will provide a foundation of training and education for a career in healthcare. Fellowship participants will earn a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate and will learn about career opportunities that exist as healthcare technicians, phlebotomists, pharmacy technicians, surgical technicians and patient access representatives. Participants in the T.E.A.C.H. program will be identified in collaboration with Urban Dreams, Creative Visions and the Evelyn K. Davis Center. The intention is to focus on candidates from the 50314 and 50316 neighborhoods which have the highest poverty levels and unemployment rates.  The first T.E.A.C.H. fellowship program will be implemented in April 2017.

Community Health Initiatives (CHI) – Under the leadership of Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, FAAFM and Nicole Gilg, MD, MPH, Broadlawns is taking a leadership position in offering programming to address population health considerations.  As physicians that received concentrated training in public healthcare, Dr. Shah and Dr. Gilg will oversee programming to address concerns related to physical activity, diabetes, nutrition and smoking.   

Broadlawns Local CHI initiatives include:

  • Physical Activity – A weekly Walk and Talk With A Doc program that incorporates a one mile walk throughout the Broadlawns campus alongside Dr. Shah and/or Dr. Gilg has been established. This program provides for physical activity along with the opportunity to engage in conversation with a physician on a weekly basis.  
  • Diabetes and Nutrition – Diabetic education and nutrition classes are routinely offered with no cost to participants. Broadlawns Endocrinologist, Udaya Kabadi, MD, a highly regarded clinician in the field of diabetes, is administering four clinical studies with local participants.  Broadlawns intends to integrate nutrition and dietary programming through a partnership with a local grocer.
  • Smoking Cessation – Broadlawns respiratory therapists administer the Quitline Iowa smoking cessation program to address the wide range of adverse impact that smoking has on systemic health.

“As a nation, the United States spends more on healthcare than any country in the world.  Despite our disproportionate spending on healthcare, we are not the healthiest country.  It is imperative that we effectively address the social determinants of health that are the root causes of healthcare concerns,” said Dr. Yogesh Shah of Broadlawns Medical Center and co–chair of the Community Health Improvement Committee of the Heathiest State initiative. “Healthy individuals are productive individuals.  By attending to the social determinants of health for at-risk individuals within our local communities, we are ultimately strengthening the health and wellness of our state.  Our goal is to become a local and national model for population health through the successful implementation of the Broadlawns Local program.”

The mission of BMC is working together to build a healthy community through the delivery of accessible, cost effective and high quality patient care.  Broadlawns serves the most vulnerable individuals within the community and ensures that those facing economic hardship and/or cultural barriers are provided access to healthcare, regardless of their ability to remit payment for services.  Broadlawns is dedicated to addressing the unmet healthcare needs of Polk County residents, specifically those in zip codes 50314 and 50316 that have the largest populations of impoverished and unemployed individuals.  While individuals must attend to their overall wellness including physical, mental and dental health, the Broadlawns Local initiative will concurrently attend to the SDOH that have a significant underlying influence on the health of the community.

About Broadlawns

Broadlawns Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization that ensures our community is provided quality healthcare that is coordinated, compassionate and cost‐effective. The Broadlawns campus includes an acute care hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, urgent care and emergency services, lab, radiology, dentistry, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, crisis team, and community-based behavioral support services.  Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to healthcare and quality outcomes earned a Level 3 rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest achievable status for a medical delivery model.

Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals through its residency and fellowship programs. In 1971, it became one of the first fully-accredited Family Medicine Residency programs in the Midwest and has curricula designed to meet all requirements of the residency review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Broadlawns offers fellowship training in podiatry and psychiatry for mid-level providers.  To learn more, please visit www.broadlawns.org.


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