Promise's Piece
March 2014
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Getting the Word Out
     Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer - that's why it's so important to get screened.
To increase awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Promise Community Health Center is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Locally, 51.3% are affected by colorectal cancer, according to the National Cancer Society's State Cancer Profile. 
     Promise has partnered with IOWA GET SCREENED to provide colorectal cancer screening to eligible community members. Eligible individuals must be 50-64 years of age, under-insured or insured, have incomes of up to 250 person of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and have an average risk for developing colorectal cancer. 
     People over age 50 are at highest risk for colorectal cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, have a family history of colorectal cancer, and being African American.
Click HERE to learn more.
Promise Birth Center

Below is a small portion of a press release printed in local newspapers at the end of February. We are excited to share this with you, our supportive stakeholders, and hope that you contact us with any questions.


"Because the only other free-standing birth center is in Des Moines, women in northwest Iowa lack choices." 


Before the end of February, Promise will submit a detailed description of the project to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).  The proposal describes the 2300 square feet of space that will house the birth center within the same structure currently occupied by the health center.


While some hospitals have a space within their walls that they may refer to as a "birth center," that term is defined by Iowa law as "a facility or institution, which is not an ambulatory surgical center or hospital or in a hospital, in which births are planned to occur following a normal, uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancy." 

The birth center will include two birth suites with large attached bathrooms, children's play area, kitchenette and dining area.  Early pregnancy and birth education, sibling preparation, breastfeeding education related programs will be offered in expanded classroom space.


Promise employs two certified nurse midwives, including Belinda Lassen (CNM, ARNP) who has attended over 2200 births since 1986.  The other CNM is Dr. Pamela Hulstein (CNM, MSN, PhD) who maintains a modest home birth practice in addition to serving as a professor of nursing at Dordt College in Sioux Center.


"These CNMs along with registered nurse support staff provide the highest standard of care to pregnant women and families here in northwest Iowa.  As in the rest of the country, women here are seeking choices regarding the births of their babies," says Dykstra.  "Promise looks forward to providing that choice."

Wishing you warmer weather and a happy, healthy month! 

Promise Community Health Center


 Preventing Colorectal Cancer 
Tips for YOU:
1. Get screened starting at age 50
2. Quit smoking
3. Stay away from second hand smoke
4. Get active
5. Eat healthy
Mark your calendars!
Wellness on Wheels
June 7, 2014
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Toddlers three and under can come in for their dental exam!
March 11, 2014
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Belinda Lassen, CNM and Pam Hulstein, CNM