Happy Spring, everyone! We have a lot of exciting happenings to tell you about. During the winter months, David and the medical staff worked on establishing a partnership with Iowa Digestive Disease Center (IDDC) so that we could offer anal pap smears to our male patients and to female patients with abnormal cervical pap smears. This partnership allows patients who show abnormalities from the initial screening to receive follow-up care and treatment with Dr. Paige at IDDC. So far, over 30 patients have taken part in the screening and one-third of these patients have shown abnormalities. The patients have been referred and seen for treatment. This is an innovative practice that ensures we’re providing the best preventative care that we possibly can.
We launched two new opportunities for clients in February. Wellness for Me is a holistic wellness group that meets for 8 weekly sessions and is facilitated by Anneke, our behavioral health consultant, and JaCarie Owens, our lead case manager. Clients have a meal together and spend an hour learning about wellness topics like turning unhealthy habits into healthy ones, cooking nutritious meals, and yoga and relaxation.
Also, the consumer advisory board held their first meeting. Eight clients are serving as board members. At the first meeting, the board approved bylaws for the group and elected a chair to lead future meetings. The group will meet every other month. The purpose of the group is to offer advice on improving the programs & services that are delivered by The Project of Primary Health Care. The board works collaboratively with staff from the Ryan White Program (RWP) on daily operations & strategies, quality evaluations, and systematic issues that affect the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
We’re very proud of our clients and patients for participating in our programs and also partnering with us to improve what we do.