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1st Five

1st Five, Healthy Mental Development Initiative is a project funded by the Iowa Legislature to assist medical practitioners in providing social/emotional, family stress and parental depression screenings to children during well-child medical exams. If a concern is detected through this surveillance process, the family is then linked to VNS of Iowa for care coordination services. These care coordination services are offered to address the needs of the entire family.

1st Five understands that the health and well-being of family members directly impacts the health of an infant or young child. After enhanced care coordination services are provided to the family, the VNS of Iowa Care Coordinator then contacts the referring medical provider regarding the outcome of the referral.

Who’s eligible? 

1st Five is available to any medical provider or clinic providing primary care services which are wiling to implement the 1st Five surveillance tool; any child identified as needing additional services is eligible for coordination.

Call (515) 558.9954 for more information.