1st Five

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For Families:

1st Five is a NO COST service program through FAMILY, Inc.  We are here to help children and families in many ways.

We can assist with:

  • Helping to check if your child is developing appropriately
  • Counseling
  • Addressing any concerns you have with your child’s speech
  • Communication with physician
  • Financial assistance
  • Help with housing and employment
  • Connecting to community resources
  • And much more…

How can 1st Five help you?

1st Five will connect your family to resources in the community. If there are any issues that affect your family or your child’s development and you would like some help with those issues, the doctor’s office contacts 1st Five. A Development Support Specialist will call you to get more information about your concerns and help you to find the support or services you need in the community. 1st Five also lets your doctor know which resources you used. 1st Five has no income guidelines and there is no fee for participating in the program. For more information: 1st Five Parent Brochure, 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative or contact Jenny Sharrick at jsharrick@familyia.org or (712)256-9566 Ext 203.

1st Five Model

For Providers:

1st Five is a public-private partnership bridging primary care and public health services in Iowa. The 1st Five model supports health providers in the earlier detection of social-emotional and developmental delays and family risk-related factors in children birth to 5 and coordinates referrals, interventions and follow-up. This is done through an enhanced, short-term care coordination model, connecting families to resources in their community. The goal is for all Iowa children to grow to be happy, healthy, and safe.

The benefit of 1st Five to providers is that there is now a one-stop shop for referrals for a wide-variety of concerns plus you will learn which resources the family has actually accessed and used and which resources they have not. There is continual communication between 1st Five Developmental Support Specialists and providers to keep updated on the status of their patient. Additionally, 1st Five provides free continuing education credits monthly, and drive-by consultation with specialists such as pediatric psychiatrists, developmental specialists and dietitians. For more information, contact Jenny Sharrick at jsharrick@familyia.org or (712)256-9566 Ext 203.

Medical providers currently engaged in the 1st Five Program in Pottawattamie & Mills Counties:

Pottawattamie County

  • Methodist Physician’s Clinic Pediatrics, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Shawn Jones, Dr. Andrew Maxwell, Dr. Hayley Timm, Michelle Misek-Saub, PA-C, Bridget Buck, PA-C
  • All Care Health Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Kathryn Hajj, Erin Merrell, ARNP, Brooke Rogers, ARNP, Dr. Linda Garcia-Dorta, Diedra Thies, ARNP, FNP-C
  • All Care Health Center Lakin Campus, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Erin Merrell, ARNP
  • Underwood Family Practice, Underwood, Iowa
    • Jackie Sullivan-Ogg, ARNP
  • TriCenter Clinic, Minden and Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Glenn Hurst (Minden), Alan Pokorski, PA-C
  • Myrtue Medical Center, Avoca, Iowa
    • Denise Suedkamp, PA-C
  • CHI Health Family Practice, Oakland, Iowa
    • Dr. Michael Guzman, Tracy Schoening, APRN
  • Methodist Physician’s Clinic Family Practice, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Christian Jones, Dr. Takashi Kawamitsu, Dr. Jessica McCool, Dr. Thomas McElderry, Dr. Barclay Monaster, Dr. Rachel Stearnes, Ann Wordekemper, PA-C
  • Methodist Physician’s Clinic Family Practice – Risen Son, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Janet Reuter, Dr. Jennifer Stone, Dr. Kent Willadsen, Jill Jensen, PA-C, Erica Kilnoski, PA-C
  • West Broadway Clinic, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Diana Rabadi-Marar, Dr. Isam Marar, Laura Quinnette, PA-C, Katie Faber, PA-C
  • Bluffs Family Health Care, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Joseph Wanzek III, Wendy Johnson, PA-C
  • CHI Health–Valley View, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Family Medicine: Danie M. Frazee, PA-C, Jason Gillespie, APRN, Elizabeth Hinzmann, APRN, Dr. Cheryl L. Madson, MD, Kate Nelson, ARNP, Katie Peterson, PA-C, Dr. Monica Schmidt, DO, Josalynn Swan, PA-C , Dr J. Gregory Thomas, MD, Dr. James L. Whalen, MD
    • Pediatrics: Dr. Enehomere Okaruwa, Dr. Kathryn Free, Laura Denning, CPNP, Sina Linman, APRN
  • CHI Health–West Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Family Medicine: Dr. Jamie Armbruster, Dr. K Neil Sheppard, Dr. Krista Hill, Dr. Mel Roca, Joyce Vacek, PA-C, Kavish Rohatgi, MBBS, Marcy French, ARNP, Michaela Lintner, ARNP, Sara Rygol, PA-C, Tara Sands, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
    • Pediatrics: Dr. Enehomere Okaruwa, Dr. Kathryn Free, Laura Denning, CPNP, Sina Linman, APRN
  • First Care Medical Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Vikrant Salaria, Dr. Shelly Nanda, Dr. Margarita Rodriguez Escobar, Dr. Stephen C. Smith
  • Ridge Family Practice, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    • Dr. Clarine Coker, Connie Johnson, PA-C, Hannah Barrineau, ARNP

Mills County

  • Methodist Physician’s Clinic Family Practice, Glenwood, Iowa
    • Dr. Michael Schmiesing, Dr. Ronald Silvius, Jennifer VanMeeteren, ARNP, Amanda Smith, ARNP
  • Methodist Physician’s Clinic Family Practice, Malvern, Iowa
    • Sandra Leaders, FNP