Our Story

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.

Our goal is to provide confidential, free or low cost services to help people living with HIV move through the stages of HIV medical care. From the time of diagnosis, our staff help patients connect to care, access resources that will help them achieve the best possible health outcomes and overcome obstacles that many stand in their way to a long and happy life. We also focus on prevention, providing outreach and access to the most effective tools to prevent HIV infection.

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.

Timeline

1987

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

1988

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

1990

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

1993

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

2013

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

2019

The Project commemorated World AIDS Day with a memorial event at The Blazing Saddle.

Our Staff

Dar

Dar

Program Director

Becky

Becky

Clinical Director

Theresa

Theresa

Clinical Service Manager

Jodi

Jodi

Supportive Services Manager

John

John

Prevention Services Manager

Megan Campbell

Megan Campbell

Staff Pharmacist

Anneke

Anneke

Behavioral Health Consultant

Camille

Camille

Program Support

Lillian

Lillian

Case Manager

Dena

Dena

Field Benefits Liaison

Sarah

Sarah

Case Manager

Alfred

Alfred

QI Data Specialist

Hannah

Hannah

Nurse Care Manager

Honor

Honor

Case Manager

Kim

Kim

Clinical Support Specialist

Leigh

Leigh

Nurse Care Manager

Lisa

Lisa

Nurse Care Manager

Marquetta

Marquetta

Nurse Care Manager

Mikaela

Mikaela

Prevention Specialist

Noah

Noah

Prevention Specialist

Signe

Signe

Case Manager

Sunny

Sunny

Case Manager

Vania

Vania

Case Manager

Cecilia

Case Manager

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