La Clinica de la Esperanza

La Clinica de la Esperanza (The Clinic of Hope) is comprised of a team of medical professionals that are dedicated to serving the community as a consistent medical home for the Spanish-speaking Latino immigrant families and for others in the community without health insurance.  

La Clinica was established in 1995 by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines residency faculty and community organizers who recognized the need for a rapidly growing and underinsured population of Latino women to have healthcare. Today, La Clinica is a full service clinic that offers culturally competent care by providing a bilingual staff. Seven of La Clinica's 14 staff members are bilingual.  

The clinic helps its patients with continuous, comprehensive care in the areas of adult, pediatric and women's health. La Clinica also provides a registered nurse to teach educational classes in Spanish on a variety of health-related topics including prenatal care, breastfeeding, family planning, nutrition and diabetes. An on-site social worker is also available to clinic patients for therapy in a clinical setting. Because of the outstanding healthcare La Clinica has provided to the Des Moines community, they were recognized for their accomplishments with a nomination for the 2010 Aurora Award. Some of the accomplishments of La Clinica de la Esperanza in the recent reporting period in 2010 include:

  • 8,167 patients were cared for at the clinic.
  • 78% of patients started prenatal care in the first trimester of their pregnancy.
  • 82% of children visiting the clinic received immunizations on schedule.
  • 100% of children visiting the clinic received developmental screenings.
  • All families with children under the age of six were offered the H1N1 vaccine. 

Sliding Fee Scale

La Clinica implemented a sliding fee scale in 2012. By doing this, La Clinica now accepts most insurance plans as well as Medicaid and HAWK-I to help even more families in our community. The sliding scale is used to determine eligibility for free or reduced medical care. No one will be turned away if unable to pay. La Clinica looks forward to these changes and continuing to serve the needs of our growing community.