The History of The Project

What started as a coalition of dedicated volunteers in 1987 is now part of a community health center with a host of services to support and empower people living with HIV and those vulnerable to HIV. The resources available include a prevention testing and educational outreach program, HIV and primary medical care, dental care, case management, mental health services including support groups, medication management, and assistance with health insurance and prescription coverage.



A volunteer coalition began addressing HIV in the Des Moines area.


Primary Health Care, was funded to provide HIV medical services and became a Ryan White Title 111b provider in 1990.


The Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS, recommended opening a social service agency.


After opening its doors in 1991 the AIDS Project of Central Iowa (The Project) became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


The Project merged with Primary Health Care, to form The Project of Primary Health Care. The expansion brough medical and social services under one roof, reduced overhead costs, and expanded resources available to clients.