Names & Notes, April 2, 2017

Placemaking Grant awarded in Conrad

CONRAD — Located in the heart of the Conrad business district is the recently completed, beautifully landscaped, Mural Park. This space was made possible in part due to a $3,000 donation from the National Association of REALTORS. This donation was awarded through a Placemaking Grant written by Darla Ubben, Main Street director and Candy Voss, GNB Insurance & Real Estate.

The grant was submitted through the Mid-Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS whom also donated the decorative bench valued at $800. Doug Kruse, GNB REALTOR and Mid-Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS member, presented a check on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS to Darla Ubben and Jim Hillygus, Main Street Conrad president.

Primary Health Care is a Title X provider

Primary Health Care clinics are nonprofit community health centers dedicated to serving those that experience barriers to receiving care. PHC clinics are located in Ames, Des Moines and Marshalltown and have been providing care in Central Iowa for more than 30 years. Costs are assessed on a sliding fee scale to 250 percent of poverty.

Title X Family Planning Clinics are funded by the U.S. federal government. The program is dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventative health services. Title X is designed to provide access to contraceptive (birth control) services, supplies and information to all who want and need them. By law, priority is given to persons from low-income families.

Collaboration between Grinnell College, Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Claudia Beckwith, ARNP, a former staff member at the Central Iowa Family Planning clinic, resulted in PHC seeking the Title X contract. When the CIFP clinics closed in November of 2016, this left a gap of service for the communities. PHC is now able to provide access to local residents and college students to this program.

Patients that have previously been seen at the CIFP clinics, located in Grinnell and Marshalltown, are encouraged to continue their care with PHC. Grinnell residents and college students affected by the closing of CIFP clinic will have the option of utilizing free transportation to the PHC clinic, located at 412 E. Church St., in Marshalltown.

When making an appointment, patients should inform the receptionist that they are a Grinnell Family Planning patient. Grinnell College will fund transportation costs to ensure access for residents who don’t have transportation to Marshalltown. Transportation will be available the first and third Saturday of each month, departing from Drake Community Library, beginning April 1. Individuals must schedule an appointment to utilize the free transportation service.

PHC services include those previously provided at the CIFP.

Residents and students may call Primary Health Care at 641-753-4021 to schedule an appointment and request transportation.

Barajas named Friend of the AEA

David Barajas, CEO of the Marshalltown Regional Partnership, has been named a Friend of the AEA by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Barajas received the award during a presentation at the AEA Boards of Directors’ Conference on March 30 in Johnston. This is the first year for the awards and it is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals for their contributions to education and the AEA system.

The Friend of the AEA acknowledges contributions by policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations who have been great partners and demonstrate strong support for furthering the mission of Iowa’s AEAs.

Barajas was nominated by Debra Holsapple, of Marshalltown High School, who said: “As a business leader in the community, David is always looking to support the students and members of Marshalltown Community Schools. Barajas has been instrumental in bringing Project Lead the Way Biomedical and Engineering programs to a reality at Marshalltown High School. Barajas has also been involved in raising funds to complete renovation projects at the school.”

“It is our pleasure to select David Barajas as a Friend of the AEA,” said Sam Miller, AEA 267 Chief Administrator. “He has been a great supporter of the Marshalltown Community School District, and actively participates in the work of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.”

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