Wellmark Foundation grant
funds unique project for families of Iowans with diabetes
Grant, chosen from 150 requests, focused on improving family
diet, exercise habits
February 15, 2011
(Des Moines, Iowa) – Primary Health
Care, Inc. (PHC), in Urbandale will use a two-year, $150,000
grant from the Wellmark Foundation to develop a wellness and
prevention program for families of Iowans with diabetes.
Obesity Prevention in the Families of Diabetics will work
with central Iowa diabetes patients and their families to
prevent the onset of diabetes in family members, especially
children. The project will target 40 PHC patients with diabetes
and their family members who may be at risk for obesity and
Project provides counsel on nutrition, physical activity
The chief focus of the project will be to offer the 40 families
education on physical activity and nutrition, as well as access
to resources in the home and in the community. The effort
will incorporate a combination of family and community strategies,
closely tied to their medical home at PHC, and tailored for
each patient and their family.
Project goals include:
- Improved family dietary and exercise habits
- Decline in body mass index (BMI) in family member
- Improved diabetes control for the individual with diabetes
- Introduce patient-centered medial home concepts
A wellness coach will conduct a thorough family needs assessment
and work with each family to develop a tailored exercise and
This project is an expansion of a current PHC diabetes intervention
and prevention program. Partners include:
- Access Project
- Iowans for Social and Economic Development
- Visiting Nurse Services
- Jimmy Reyes, R.N., and Helena Laroche, M.D., (University
Additional partners include the Grand View University Wellness
Center for exercise facilities and training; Des Moines Area
Religious Council to develop nutrition counseling; and Iowa
State Cooperative Extension for nutritional expertise.
Grant one of only 17 competitively selected
The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks
to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans, and their
communities. Through its 2010 Healthy Communities Grant Program,
the Foundation received nearly 150 grant requests. This grant
award to Primary Health Care, Inc., represents one of 17 competitively
awarded to establish or expand health initiatives throughout
Iowa and South Dakota.
Cumulatively, The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award $1,334,817
to these 17 grants to serve as catalyst funding for local
“This project addresses obesity and diabetes prevention
from a unique angle,” says Matt McGarvey, the Foundation’s
director. “By targeting family members of those already
impacted by the complications of diabetes, we can bring prevention
to the entire family.”
About Primary Health Care, Inc.
Primary Health Care, Inc. is a team of caring professionals
providing healthcare and supportive services for people in
Central Iowa to improve their quality of life. PHC is a nonprofit
community health center dedicated to serving the medically
insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care
needs. Through case management and social work advocacy, PHC
works to assure that clients have greater access to resources
in the community.
For more information about PHC, contact Bery Engebretsen,
M.D., (515) 229-3376 / email@example.com.
For more information regarding the Wellmark Foundation and
its grant programs, visit www.wellmark.com/foundation.