Introducing Our Clinical Leadership Consultant

April 06, 2021

As we look to collectively define the future of Iowa's community health center movement, embedding additional clinical expertise in the Iowa PCA, INCC, and IH+'s decision-making and programmatic design is imperative. This action is a key strategy called out in the Iowa PCA/INCC/IH+ joint strategic plan. As such, we are excited to share Jennifer Groos, MD, has joined our team as our network’s Clinical Leadership Consultant as of April 1.  

Dr. Groos is known across Iowa as an advocate for the underserved and was instrumental in building clinician support for the 5-2-1-0 Health Care Initiative to combat childhood obesity. She is an experienced clinician leader having served in various leadership roles for both national and statewide policy and quality initiatives, which will be a tremendous asset to our work as a network.

She is a pediatrician at Primary Health Care and will continue building her practice there three days per week while working for the network two days a week. We want to thank Primary Health Care for working with Dr. Groos and our team to allow her to lend her time and expertise to help us strategically grow our network. We are also excited for her to engage with IH+’s CMO, Dr. Piplani (SCHC), and the clinical representatives on the Iowa PCA and INCC Boards of Directors – Dr. Livermore (EIHC), Dr. Lemberg (CHC/SEIA), Daniel O’Brien (CHCSI), and Dave Faldmo (SCHC) – as we work to harness the incredible talents of the clinical staff across our system of care.  

This week, we're introducing Dr. Groos and what is top of mind for her as she begins this new role.

What excites you about the Clinical Leadership Consultant role? 
The opportunity to connect and partner with teams at community health centers across the state and assist in the development and implementation of strategies to improve the health of our patients.

Why are you a champion of the integrated care model and how does it help community health centers meet the needs of underserved communities? 
The health of our patients is affected by so many factors that can't be addressed by one type of provider in a single office visit. The integrated care model allows us to work together across disciplines to address social determinants of health and barriers to care and effectively improve the mental, physical, and oral health of those who entrust us with their care.

What do you see is the significance in pursuing value-based care strategies to achieve clinical quality targets and reducing total cost of care? 
Value-based care provides the environment needed to develop effective team-based care focusing on prevention-based strategies and efficient care coordination. In this environment, innovation in care delivery will allow us to improve the health of our patients.  

How do you hope to connect with your peers in this work? 
Teams at community health centers are experts at providing compassionate, innovative care.  I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the unique experiences, passions, and  expertise of these providers across Iowa. By collaborating and sharing best practices across our network of community health centers, we can have an even greater impact on improving the health of Iowans.