Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Siouxland Affiliate has awarded Promise Community Health Center nearly $135,00 over five years for our Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana project. Through this grant, we seek to increase breast health education and reduce the high incidence of breast cancer in Lyon and Sioux counties.

The funding has impacted the lives of women in northwest Iowa, giving many access to breast health care and empowering them to live healthier lives. Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana is increasing access to breast cancer screening through offering FREE breast exams and mammograms to uninsured and underinsured women and providing education through community-based events and gatherings of women. Our partners in this project are Sioux Center Health, Hegg Memorial Health Center of Rock Valley, Dordt College of Sioux Center, and public health agencies in Sioux and Lyon counties.

For more information on Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana activities, please contact Vicki Schrock at 712-722-1700 or contact us by email at

Better Health for Iowans Foundation

Promise Community Health Center will use a $2,500 grant award from Better Health for Iowans Foundation to reach children and families in need of preventive services at a Back-to-School Block Party in August 2014. Better Health for Iowans Family Foundation has limited funds ($25,000 annually); therefore, funding is targeted to provide preventive care to low-income families and children. By partnering with Head Start, Early Head Start, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, area preschools, public and private schools, Promise will inform families of the availability of FREE dental screenings, affordable physicals, and vaccines. Also available will be assistance with eligibility determination and enrollment in hawk-i, Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Back-to-School Block Party features dental screenings, school and sports physicals, immunizations, and fun-filled activities, including book bingo, inflatables, face painting, and treats. All participants receive a backpack with school essentials, basic hygiene products, tooth brush, and dental floss. 

For more information on the Back-to-School Block Party, contact Nancy Dykstra at 712-722-1700 or contact us by email at

Iowa Get Screened 

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in Iowa. That’s why Promise Community Health Center is pleased to participate as the northwest Iowa site for the Iowa Get Screened initiative to prevent colorectal cancer. The Iowa Get Screened colorectal cancer screening program was established by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program's goal is to reduce the incidence and deaths from colorectal cancer in Iowa by increasing the number of people who receive colorectal cancer screenings.

Promise offers a low-cost, noninvasive and effective colorectal cancer screening. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment with a provider to receive their kit. The test, which should be taken on an annual basis, is completed at home and mailed back to Promise. Anyone over the age of 50 is recommended to be screened.

For more information on Iowa Get Screened, please contact Vicki Schrock at 712-722-1700 or contact Promise by email at

Ronald McDonald House Charities Grant

A $1,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities Grant is awarded to Promise Community Health Center to provide education for patients and families on how to maintain good oral health. The funds also will be used by our outreach staff to inform families of affordable, available dental health services at Promise Community Health Center.  

For more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities Grant, please contact Promise at 712-722-1700 or contact us by email at

Community-Based Screening Services

Community-Based Screening Services (CBSS), formerly called the Iowa Infertility Prevention Project or STD Screening Grant, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant funds testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea at designated clinic sites across the state. Data collection is an important component and is used on a state and local basis to examine sexually transmitted diseases occurrence and trends and guide prevention and other program priorities. Promise Community Health Center is a DESIGNATED SITE in northwest Iowa and staff receive special training to participate. 

CDC recommends annual chlamydia screening for all sexually active women who are 25 years of age and younger and rescreening for women, regardless of age, who have had a previous positive test. Sexually active adolescent and young males also are screened under this grant with screening criteria applied. Women and men over the age of 25 are screened if various criteria are present. The tests are FREE, and treatment is FREE.

For more information on CBSS, please contact Promise at 712-722-1700 or contact us by email at