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Volume 2

April 6th, 2016

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
-African Proverb

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SIM-Related Stories and News Releases

Managed Care Has Begun!
The managed care program officially began April 1st. For more information on any of the programs, click the link here. See more...

Des Moines Metro Area Announces Community Health Needs Assessment March 25, 2016
The community health needs assessment for the most dense population base was published, involving cooperation from Mercy, UnityPoint, and Broadlawns medical centers. Read more...


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SIM Resources

SIM Tools and Information 

Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool
CMS - March 17, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released a new interactive map to increase understanding of geographic disparities in chronic disease among Medicare beneficiaries. The Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) Tool identifies disparities in health outcomes, utilization, and spending by race and ethnicity and geographic location. See more...

Dr. Don Berwick on the Continued Transformation of Health Care and What Comes Next
The Journal of the American Medical Association - March 3, 2016
Constant conflict roils the health care landscape, including issues related to the Affordable Care Act, electronic health records, payment changes, and consolidation of hospitals and health plans. The morale of physicians and other clinicians is in jeopardy. One foundational cause of the discord is an epic collision of 2 eras with incompatible beliefs. See more...

The New Rural: Innovations in Rural Health Award
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust - March 10, 2016
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable trust is issuing awards to incentivize rural health innovation. The Trust established the award to help identify different ways of thinking about how to address community health challenges facing rural America.  Award finalists will receive $7,500 and one innovative and inspiring idea will win the New Rural Award and a total of $25,000.00. See more...

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Learning from Others

Model Programs & Best Practices
Area Leaders Announce Community Health Needs Assessment
Greater Des Moines Partnership - March 7, 2016
Central Iowa leaders have announced the launch of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), which provides a vision for a healthy community environment that supports and enables all Central Iowans to live healthy lives and encourages everyone to take responsibility for their health. In alignment with the Capital Crossroads Regional Vision Plan, a steering committee that included many community partners and stakeholders led the development of the CHNA. The Greater Des Moines Partnership and Capital Crossroads facilitated the process. See more...

April 2016 Chronic Disease Connection Bulletin
The April version of the Chronic Disease Connection bulletin is focused on nutrition, activity, and diabetes education and improvement. See more...
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Calendar and Events

What's going on?

Iowa Public Health Association Conference Session: April 11 - 2016
Significant changes are on the public health landscape including the statewide health system transformation.  IPHA will convene public health stakeholders and customers to make connections around the value and values of public health in Iowa.  We will convey public health’s passion for community, prevention and data with a unified voice. See more...

Diabetes Education and Prevention Program - June 1 and 2, 2016
For assistance in creating or improving you diabetes self management and education programming, register for the Iowa Department of Public Health's DSME program. See more...

Diabetes and Obesity Management 2016
The University of Iowa Department of Internal Medicine is putting on a conference for the medical community regarding diabetes treatment and management. See more...

Second IHC SIM Learning Community - July 12th, Des Moines, Iowa

Third IHC SIM Learning Community - November 9th, Des Moines, Iowa

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