Early ACCESS Iowa is a program of Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) and is administered by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The purpose of Early ACCESS Iowa is to serve as the central point of contact and directory for families. Early ACCESS Iowa assists families and providers in connecting with Early ACCESS and community-based services that address specialized child and family needs through a user friendly system that includes a 1) website, 2) toll-free telephone service, and 3) a single point of contact to provide facilitation of resources and referrals.
VNS provides community members with the information, resources and care they need in every step of life. VNS is a private nonprofit health and human service provider offering services to Central Iowa. With a dedicated staff of compassionate professionals and more than 25 programs ranging from prenatal care to senior health, VNS continues to aid people at all stages of life with a variety of healthcare needs.
Dedicated to promoting health in our community.
As a public health leader and advocate, VNS partners with the community to meet the preventive health and educational needs of our diverse population.
In 1908, Luella Bristol began her work as the first public health nurse in Des Moines, founding the Visiting Nurse’s Association of Des Moines and beginning its long history of helping residents of Polk County.
VNS has always understood that health problems and social needs cannot be easily separated. For this reason, VNS is comprised of nurses, social workers, case managers, parent educators, translators and outreach workers, all of whom continue to work with families to improve their health and well being.