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Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation. ROR targets low income families so community health centers are a natural fit with the program’s intent. Most of our member health centers in Iowa  are ROR sites and have incorporated the program into well-child checks for young children.

Iowa PCA is an active partner with the Reach Out and Read – Iowa Coalition and a senior staff serves as a member of the state Advisory Group. The ROR-Iowa Coalition issued a “CHC Challenge” two years ago in which additional support for book purchases was provided to Iowa CHCs newly enrolled in the program. The CHC Challenge resulted in many new CHC applicants and programs underway in Iowa. IIowa PCA considers ROR-Iowa a key partnership and is pleased to promote this evidence-based model to address literacy issues with our target populations.To learn more about Reach Out and Read, click here.


Iowa Health Law

Iowa Legal Aid’s Health and Law Project is an innovative project which seeks to bring together medicine and law to improve low-income Iowans’ lives by addressing the legal problems that affect their health. Presently, the project is working with medical facilities in four areas of the state – Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Ottumwa, and Sioux City. Four Iowa Community Health Centers currently partner with Iowa Legal Aid to deliver the program: All Care Community Health Center (Council Bluffs), Primary Health Care, Inc. (Des Moines and Marshalltown), River Hills Community Health Center (Ottumwa and Richland), and Siouxland Community Health Center (Sioux City).

The project's primary goals are to:

  • Improve the lives of low-income Iowans by addressing the underlying legal problems that are affecting their health status.
  • Establish cooperative working relationships between medical personnel, social workers, and attorneys through training, joint intake, and case identification.
  • Reduce health care costs over the long-term.

For additional information about the program, click here.


Iowa Community Health Center Tobacco Cessation Program

While funding for the program is no longer available, the 14 CHCs are committed to continuing to screen patients for tobacco use at each health care visit and will also work to connect patients who want to quit tobacco with resources such as Quitline Iowa (

For more information about the program including selected patient success stories, please click here



AHRQ Effective Health Care Program

The Effective Health Care Program funds individual researchers, research centers, and academic organizations to work together with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to produce effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research for clinicians, consumers, and policymakers. AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making.


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