Nathan Simpson, Director of Operations for Primary Health Care, has been selected to participate in Mid-Iowa Health Foundation’s HealthConnect Fellowship. Eighteen advocates will each receive a $15,000 award and national-level training and mentoring as they work to achieve specific system-change goals to improve children’s health.

“The HealthConnect Fellowship invests in professionals with demonstrated expertise and a commitment to addressing the barriers that keep our community’s children from thriving and builds their capacity to lead system-change work,” says Suzanne Mineck, president of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation. “By elevating a network of system-change agents, we hope to reach a tipping point toward sound policies and practices that improve the well-being of our community’s children.” 

Simpson will focus his fellowship work on working to integrate community health workers into a school-based setting to create positive systems change. Addressing this issue is important because many factors in a child’s life can have major implications throughout their young lives and into adulthood. Community Health Workers have the potential to make a lasting impact in the lives of children and their families.  


Nathan Simpson, Director of Operations

‘We are proud to have Nathan Simpson participate in the HealthConnect Fellowship and to dedicate time to addressing this critical issue in our community,” says Kelly Huntsman, CEO of Primary Health Care. “This fellowship is an opportunity to think strategically and creatively about how to change the conditions that can lead to poor health outcomes and will give all of us as advocates greater opportunities to work collaboratively to improve our children’s future.”

During his time with PHC, Simpson has worked to serve those that serve others. He has made significant contributions to further the mission of Primary Health Care and positively impact the lives of our patients and clients.

Simpson is a 2014 graduate of Des Moines University, with a Master’s of Healthcare Administration, and a 2010 graduate of Simpson College.

He is a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Simpson and his wife, Cassie, are the proud parents of two young daughters. 

To learn more about the HealthConnect Fellowship, visit


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