The YMCA and Community Health Partners have joined together to address chronic disease and disability through a one-of-a-kind approach to health care in central Iowa. By creating a team of medical and fitness professionals to help individuals achieve the best possible health and overall quality of life, we are going to move the needle on chronic disease management.
By joining forces, together we will work to:
Lower health care costs as individuals become more involved in community wellness programs and less time in hospitals and emergency rooms.
Engage individuals across the continuum of care addressing primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
Improve a person’s experience as they keep their “care” in a more uplifting community environment rather than in a clinical setting.
Support families and community members with chronic medical conditions access the YMCA.
Provide programs and services that are evidence-based or based on research that show positive effects on the symptoms of disease, increase functional ability, acquire self-management techniques and maintain or improve independent living.
Medical programming (MP) at the YMCA is designed to help individuals learn a wide range of tools so they can better understand and self-manage their chronic disease or health risks with a goal to gain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. MP is designed to assist members with medical needs safely and effectively exercise within the YMCA and improve or maintain their health.
Y members get unlimited access to facilities and programs at the Ankeny Family YMCA, Boone County Family YMCA, John R. Grubb Community YMCA, Indianola YMCA, South Suburban YMCA, Walnut Creek Family YMCA, Waukee Family YMCA and Wellmark YMCA.
Access to medical programs that are evidence-based classes with proven health outcomes for specific health risks or medical conditions that include pre & post testing, tracking of results, and reports sent to your physician.
With physician referral, use of the Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike that helps those with significant weakness or paralysis enjoy the benefits of cycling (arms and/or legs).
Mobile technology for personal health risk assessment, health education, exercise videos, healthy recipes and more
Free wellness coaching to guide your wellness journey.
Free Learn & Play Centers so you can work out while your child has a safe place to learn, grow and thrive.
Reduced rates on YMCA programs including youth sports, swim lessons, day camp and before-and after-school care.
Access to weekly “Better Your Health” program sessions which also include:
Contact with physical therapists, nurses, dietitian (September), health coaches to go over questions or concerns regarding your health, independent exercise programs, etc.
Opportunities for physical health assessments
Blood pressure screenings
Fall risk screens
Health education from experts in the community such as pharmacists, providers, etc.
Your physician can fax a referral to Community Health Partners (CHP) to get you set up on a medical program.
Don’t know how to get this step started? Call our office at 515-512-9225 and we can help you with this process.
Our fax number is 515-512-9186.
You can call us or we will call you once we receive your referral to set up an appointment with one of our staff.
One of our CHP program staff will meet with you for a program orientation at a Y branch.
We will go over the details of the program with you, answer any questions you may have, and perform a few tests to get baseline data on you to show progress throughout your time in the program.
Better Your Health Program
Weekly services offered to bring you opportunities to “better your health”.
What are my chances of falling at home?
How do I know if I have high blood pressure? How do I take my own blood pressure?
Am I at risk for diabetes?
What’s my overall muscle mass or strength levels?
We will be offering continuous occasions for you to check in with your health status.
We use balance tests with a short questionnaire to determine your risk of potential falls. With the results, we can better assist you in reducing your risk for falling and help you get started on key balance exercises.
We will take your blood pressure and help you learn more about the importance of monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis.
Only 10 percent of people with prediabetes even know they have it because people often do not display any symptoms. If there are symptoms, they can easily be mistaken for another cause.
We use a simple questionnaire that can alert you to your risk and possibly recommend the need for further evaluation by your doctor.
A grip strength test can be an important screening tool in assessing a person’s overall health.
Grip strength provides value as a predictor of mortality, disability, illness complications, and increase length of hospital stay.
Do you have difficulty taking the stairs?
Does getting up out of the chair take a lot of effort?
Are you sometimes not sure if you’ll make it all the way into the grocery store?
On assessment days, you can schedule time with a nurse, physical therapist, dietitian (Fall), or health coach to perform a 20-30 minute assessment. We can assess your functional status and help you come up with the a plan to make your daily activities easier to do and more safe.
INDEPENDENT EXERCISE PROGRAMS
Want to know what exercises would be of most benefit to you?
Do you need your independent exercise program from your physical therapist advanced or modified?
The staff at Community Health Partners is trained in prescribing exercises, not only to improve your condition, but to enhance your overall health and well-being.
Educational classes will be offered at various times depending on the demand. The topics will vary, but address the questions and concerns that you have as a medical member of the YMCA. We will bring in a variety of experts in the health and wellness field to answer your questions and help you make healthier choices.
Come and enjoy some fellowship with other medical members and the staff of the YMCA and Community Health Partners. Many people benefit from interacting with others who are going through the same recovery process. Caregivers can meet and encourage each other as they share in the same sort of experiences.
When all is said and done, maybe the best guarantee of a long and healthy life is the connections you have with other people. Loneliness shows up in measurements of stress hormones, immune function, and cardiovascular function. Lonely adults get less exercise than those who are not lonely. Their diet is higher in fat, their sleep is less efficient, and they report more daytime fatigue.