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Core Health Partners, Inspired through the YMCA Movement
The movement to create a medical health clinic as partnership model to the YMCA originally formed through the shared vision of experienced YMCA employees (Des Moines Iowa). This group is credited for opening the Nation’s first medically-integrated YMCA (Clive, Iowa), a unique venture known for initiating the YMCA’s first ever “Healthy Living Center“. After nearly a decade of operating a YMCA as an independent medical provider, this group of passionate YMCA employees left the Y movement in hopes of expanding their clinic to community model. They pooled their assets to form a company originally entitled, Community Health Partners of Iowa.
In 2017 the company President of Community Health Partners, an occasional winter resident of Naples Florida, teamed up with a former YMCA CEO to expand “clinic to community” services in the SW United States (Florida).
Core Health Partners (Florida) originally opened as a branch of Iowa. The vision for Florida was to develop partnership model to enhance diabetes education, as well as, compliment the Iowa therapy model. In order to meet the goals Core Health Partners developed an articulation agreement with a well-respected 501c3 non-profit, Help a Diabetic Child; through this agreement a unique diabetes medical model of education and service was created.
By 2018 the strength of the HADC and CHP’s diabetes partnership caught the attention of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) who recognized their work in medical-integration. NWI named CHP (Florida) as a “Preferred Provider” in the area of Diabetes Education.
By the following year (2019) the diabetes movement caught traction is SW Florida and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) added the distinction of “ADA Recognition” status to the Core Health’s Diabetes Self-Management and Education (DSME) program. In January of 2020 Core Health Partners implemented a pilot DMSE program at the Greater Marco YMCA that included all the support medical services to assist persons living with diabetes live a life of well being.
Core Health Partners’ vision is to expand to their pilot program to other YMCAs. CHP is currently accepting applications from YMCAs (and community centers) who have a strong desire to expand traditional fitness center programming to a clinic to community health service model.
The first ever reference to a YMCA being a Healthy Living Center (Clive, Iowa)
In August of 2019 Core Health Partners and the Iowa parent company Community Health Partners, Iowa agreed to separate the two companies. This separation facilitated the needed resources and flexibility to expand the diabetes education program and grow the medical integration at a faster pace. Although Core Health Partners and CHP of Iowa are now totally autonomous in their business structures, the two companies remain connected in spirit!
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