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EveryStep provides medical and social services for women, children and families, adults and seniors, and communities across Iowa. EveryStep Care & Support Services include home visits, family support, parent education, and much more. EveryStep's wide variety of services provide care to tens of thousands of Iowans each year. In fact, every county of Iowa is served by at least one EveryStep program. To view a listing of these services, please download our Program Guide.
1st Five, Healthy Mental Development Initiative is a project funded by the Iowa Legislature (IDPH) to assist medical providers in enhancing well-child care for children birth to five through surveillance and screening of child development, family stress indicators and caregiver depression. If a concern is detected through completion of surveillance or a developmental screening tool, the child is then linked to EveryStep for developmental support services. A referral to 1st Five for a child birth to five years old often benefits the whole family.
1st Five understands that the health and well-being of family members directly impacts the health of an infant or young child. After developmental support services are provided, the 1st Five Developmental Support Specialist then contacts the referring medical provider regarding the outcome of the referral.
The 1st Five program is available to any medical provider or clinic providing primary care services which are willing to implement the 1st Five referral form and developmental screening tool(s). Any child identified as needing additional services is eligible for developmental support services.
Call 515-558-9954 for more information.
Care for Kids Program
The Care for Kids Program – a n Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT) program – serves residents of Polk, Dallas, Clinton, and Jackson Counties. EPSDT is the benefit package of Medicaid/Title 19 for individuals under age 21 years.
The focus of our EPSDT Care for Kids program is to:
- Inform families of the benefits they receive with Medicaid/Title 19
- Help individuals secure a medical and dental home
- Ensure that eligible individuals receive and understand the importance of preventative health care
- Link families to other community resources to improve their health and well-being (WIC, Early ACCESS, parenting classes, child care assistance, housing assistance, food pantries, etc.)
- Provide transportation to qualifying medical, dental, and mental health appointments for Fee-For-Service members
For questions about Care for Kids, call (515) 283-1422 or toll-free (877) 540-1422
Children at Home
The Children at Home program assists families raising a child with a disability by helping them obtain needed services and supports that are necessary in helping their child remain at home. The Children at Home program believes that families should retain control of decisions that affect their child and family as a whole.
Financial assistance is intended to enable families to obtain services and supports that are not met by other programs. The family's intent must be to secure these resources to enable their child to remain in the family home, function more independently in the home and engage in the community.
Intake and referral specialists are available via telephone Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371). Learn more here.
Community Home Visitation Program
The Community Home visitation program provides home visits to pregnant and parenting women in Polk County. The program is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, children and families. Home visits are conducted by Registered Nurses, a nutrition counselor and a Social Worker. These visits are structured to meet the needs of parent, child and family. Services provided include:
- Prenatal and post-partum health education
- Child development screening and education
- Perinatal depression screening and referral
- Caregiver depression screenings
- Referrals to community resources
- Nutrition counseling
- Family planning counseling
Referrals can be made by a physician, social worker, family member, friend, or as a self-referral. Please contact our intake department at 515-558-9946 for more information.
Healthy Start & Empowerment Project
EveryStep’s Healthy Start and Empowerment Family Support Projects offer free and confidential services to families in Polk County who are pregnant or have a young child. To learn if you or someone you know could benefit, please call (515) 558-9946.
We provide visits to pregnant and parenting women that would like extra support to ensure a healthy child and family as well as their own health. Whether you are pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 6, EveryStep’s Healthy Start Program provides free personalized one-on-one education and health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women in Polk County.
EveryStep’s Healthy Start Project received the Iowa Family Support Credential
Quality prenatal care guidance through the Healthy Start Program will help to ensure your baby will be as healthy as possible.
Ongoing parent education and child development support helps to guide your child on the path to enter school ready to learn.
- Individualized prenatal and postpartum health education
- Child developmental screening and education
- Depression screening and referral
- Access to community resources
- Nutrition counseling
- Family planning counseling
- Infant care and safety education
- Breastfeeding support and education
- Help choosing medical coverage and a doctor
- Links to community resources
- Opportunities to attend program groups including parent/child and consumer leadership opportunities
Interpretation services are available upon request.
We also offer services for:
- Pregnant teens
- First-time pregnant moms
- Women who are pregnant with health concerns
- Families who have children who are 6 years of age and younger
We can help you:
- With your child’s development
- Have a healthy pregnancy
- With parenting
- Access community resources
Bilingual case managers and interpreters are available. Referrals can be made by an individual, physician, social worker, family member or friend.
Health Insurance for Your Child or Pregnancy
Find out if you qualify for Medicaid or hawk-i today. Call 515-288-1516 to schedule an appointment.
EveryStep assists uninsured children and pregnant women sign up for health insurance and find a doctor and dentist. Our bilingual outreach specialists speak Spanish and English and are available by appointment at the EveryStep office in the United Way building. (Other languages are served by interpreters from EveryStep’s Interpretation program)
We help connect children to Hawki or Medicaid, and our staff can:
- Answer questions about Hawki and Medicaid
- Provide same day enrollment and determine eligibility
- Assist with completing forms and applications
- Help families through the next steps
Are you pregnant? We can help connect you to Presumptive Eligibility and Medicaid, and our staff can provide same day enrollment and determine your eligibility.
We also help connect children under 21 years old to our Dental Voucher Program when:
- No dental insurance is available
- The individual is a Polk, Dallas, Clinton or Jackson County resident
- He or she meets income requirements
- He or she has never participated in the program
Iowa Family Support Network (IFSN)
Iowa Family Support Network provides a coordinated intake and Iowa Family Support Network referral system to assist families, child healthcare providers, and other professionals with information and support, as well as linkages to resources for young children ages zero to six.
Families, child healthcare providers, and other professionals have access to a toll-free phone number to make referrals and obtain information about family support services, group-based services, and IDEA Part C early intervention known as Early ACCESS, and other community supports in Iowa. Information specialists are available via telephone Monday – Friday 8 a.m. -6 p.m. 1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371).
Learn more at www.iafamilysupportnetwork.org.
EveryStep Care and Support Services offers a number of programs to help uninsured and under-insured children, families, and pregnant women in obtaining medical and dental health coverage and community resources.
The I-Smile™ Program provides oral health screenings, oral health education, nutrition education relating to oral health, fluoride varnish application, and a referral to a dentist for comprehensive dental needs. The program serves children under the age of 21 and pregnant women residing in central - Dallas and Polk counties, and east - Clinton and Jackson counties.
We assist families when they need:
- to find a dental home or dental coverage for their child
- assistance to set up appointments with the dentist or find dentists who accept Medicaid
- help transporting their child to the dental appointment
- translation services regarding their dental care
For more information, please contact the I-Smile Program at (515) 557-9023 for Polk and Dallas Counties and (515) 661-3715 for Clinton and Jackson Counties, or visit ismile.idph.iowa.gov.
Maternal Child Health Program
EveryStep’s Maternal Child Health (MCH) Services & Community Home Visitation Program brings health care and education to expectant or parenting moms in their homes. During nurse home visits, women in the community who are pregnant receive health assessments and education.
Visits are also made with women who have delivered their babies including but not limited to post-partum assessments and education for the mother; health and developmental screenings for the infant; newborn care and education; breastfeeding education and support; linkages to community resources; and individualized health education and support based on maternal and/or infant needs.
- Pregnant or post-partum woman who would benefit from a home visit by a nurse.
- Children who are identified as needing additional health screening and assessment.
- MCH nurses visit with moms to provide education either ante-partum or post-partum and to conduct health assessments with mom and/or baby.
- For identified children, growth and development may be assessed and monitored and nutritional assessments completed. Health education for the parent may also be provided nurses link families to community resources as appropriate.
Please contact us for more information: 515-558-9946 for Polk and Dallas Counties and 515-661-3715 for Clinton and Jackson Counties
Nurse Family Partnership Program
The Nurse Family Partnership Program matches first-time parents with a Nurse Home Visitor who provides ongoing education and support beginning during the mother’s pregnancy and continuing until the child turns two years old.
For more information about the Nurse Family Partnership Program, please call (515) 558-9946.
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Palliative Care Program
EveryStep offers a pilot palliative care program, available to qualifying patients who receive their primary healthcare services within Madison County, Iowa. EveryStep’s Palliative Care program offers specialized pain and symptom management and psycho-social support for individuals ages 16 and older who are living with serious, complex or chronic disease.
EveryStep’s Palliative Care pilot program is made possible through grant support from Telligen Community Initiative. EveryStep is piloting the program in a targeted rural area to demonstrate the need for accessible, high-quality care that focuses on the complex needs and symptoms associated with serious illness.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care, a.k.a. “palliative medicine”, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Source: Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Who Can Participate in the Program?
Medical providers in Madison County, Iowa, are encouraged to refer patients (age 16+) who have two or more medical co-morbidities that render poor quality of life and a high burden of suffering. Contact EveryStep if the patient:
- has two or more chronic, complex or serious diseases
- has a serious or chronic illness that may result in a limited life expectancy
- is experiencing grief, psycho-social or spiritual losses, or existential grief
- is making frequent visits to the hospital
- receives primary care in Madison County and is able/willing to visit our clinic
How Can Providers Refer a Patient?
Patients may be referred to the program by Madison County physicians and clinicians. Call EveryStep’s Palliative Care team at 515-333-4253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or patient referrals.
Who Pays for Palliative Care?
EveryStep’s Palliative Care services are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and most private insurance.
Where and How are Services Provided?
The EveryStep Palliative Care team will host clinic hours from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset, Iowa. Referred patients will be seen by EveryStep’s Palliative Care team at the clinic on designated days and may also be contacted by phone.
If you have questions about EveryStep’s Palliative Care program, please call 515-333-4253 or email email@example.com. Our team will respond within one business day. You can also view our Referral Guide here.
Stork’s Nest & Family Nest
Stork's Nest and Family Nest is an educational incentive program. Participants earn points for healthy behaviors such as keeping medical appointments, WIC participation, breastfeeding and school attendance. These points may be redeemed at the Stork's Nest for needed baby items such as diapers, clothing, strollers, cribs and car seats.
Family Nest participants may also redeem points for needed household supplies such as laundry detergent, pots and pans, and dishwashing detergent. Call (515) 558-9950 for more information.
- Stork’s Nest: pregnant women in Polk County who meet the program's income guidelines. Once enrolled, women may remain in the program through pregnancy and postpartum until the baby is 1 year old.
- Family Nest: families enrolled in the Healthy Start & Empowerment program (families with a pregnant woman or child under the age of six); who meet the program's income guidelines.
Want to throw a Stork's Nest shower? Contact us at (515) 558-9950 for more information on how you can benefit mothers in need!
The Storybook Project keeps incarcerated parents and their children connected through reading at the Iowa Correctional Institution in Mitchellville and at the Newton Correctional Facility in Newton.
Once a month, parents and grandmothers select one book per child and read to their children birth to age 17 through a digital voice recorder with the assistance of a trained volunteer. The stories are burnt onto a CD and mailed, along with the book, to the child. The mission is to strengthen the bond between parent and child during incarceration while promoting reading and literacy.
If you are interested in volunteering or contributing to the Storybook Project, please call (515) 288-1516.