Friday, October 22, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CDT
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Sarah Welch
Iowa ACEs 360

Iowa Alliance Idea Sharing Event

A year ago, the Iowa Alliance for Healthy Kids kicked off a partnership with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) to offer providers and parents messages, training, tools, and furry fun to help young kids build social-emotional skills. Providers who work with families and kids across Iowa have been creative in integrating the SSIC resources into their work in health care, child care, family support programming, and more. This event will be an opportunity to hear examples and to discuss new ideas for using SSIC in your work. 

This event will feature: 

1. An update on the Iowa Alliance's work in Iowa and new SSIC resources you can use.

2. A panel presentation featuring examples of integrating SSIC into work in health care, child care, and family support activities. 

3. Breakout room discussion to share additional examples and ideas and to identify what else is needed to support your work. 

4. Large group sharing and Q&A. 

Thank you to the following presenters who will share their examples and ideas: 

  • Alex Lupo, Project Manager, U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop
  • Johnna Haggerty, ECQuIP Early Childhood Center Consultant, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Amber Schelling, Family Support Manager, EveryStep
  • Dr. Amy Shriver, Pediatrician at Blank Children's Hospital, Medical Director with Reach Out and Read Iowa, and Iowa AAP Executive Board Trustee
  • Cynthia Wehrenberg, Youth Impact Coordinator, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque


MercyOne partners with Phreesia to automate social needs screenings
MercyOne has partnered with Phreesia Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based health care technology company, to provide electronic screening of every MercyOne patient to evaluate unmet social needs. The Des Moines-based health system began using the screening platform developed by Phreesia in September 2020, and over the past year has conducted more than 35,000 social determinants of health screenings in its central and north Iowa markets. The screenings have identified that 18% of the patients screened had at least one unmet social need. Phreesia’s automated process ensures that those patients are not overlooked and that they receive the care and support they need, MercyOne said in a press release. The application replaces a process formerly completed manually with paper forms by delivering the screening electronically and in advance of a patient’s appointment. It also integrates the patient’s answers directly into their electronic medical record and delivers real-time results to the MercyOne care team. "With Phreesia, patients are much more comfortable communicating their social needs and I believe this will make a big difference in the overall well-being and health of our communities and our ability to provide personalized care," said Dr. Timothy McCoy, a family medicine physician in Des Moines. A case study of MercyOne’s use of the Phreesia platform can be found here.