Connecting opportunities for all children to thrive

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The success of our community begins with our kids.

Too often, the policies and systems our society creates make it difficult for children and families to thrive. Without the building blocks for healthy development, our children will struggle throughout their lives.

By working collaboratively to rethink our systems and targeting our attention and resources on underinvested areas, we can create equitable opportunities for lifelong health and well-being.

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Our Approach

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation strives to cultivate opportunities that are driven by the needs of those most impacted. We bring diverse stakeholders together to address complex challenges for health. We value working alongside our grantees to respond to emerging needs, share key learnings, elevate their successes, and inform future investments.

How We Work

Powerful Stories

Central Iowans are leading long-lasting changes in our systems and community so that all children can thrive. We are proud to partner in this work.

Re-Imagining How Iowa's Systems Work Together to Best Serve Families

The Vision Council has led conversations on how Iowa's families and children can be safe, secure, healthy, and well in our communities.

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Champions for Change: A Collective Commitment to Children's Health

Outcomes from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation's HealthConnect Fellowship, October 2019-June 2021

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Elevating the Latinx Community

How nonprofit leaders brought attention to the Latinx community and built new systems of support during the pandemic

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Central Iowa Youth Drive Change for Better Health

uVoice high school students commit to learning about and addressing issues, including vaping and racial justice, in central Iowa.

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The Dream Cube: Art for Social Impact

The Dream Cube, a monolithic structure constructed of pillows piled 8-feet high, popped up in downtown Des Moines late last fall. The provocative piece sparked conversations about the potential of our youth—if they have a safe place to dream.

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How Youth Are Driving Community Efforts to End Homelessness

dsm Magazine features a unique collaboration that is engaging youth who’ve experienced homelessness in identifying new solutions to address this issue in central Iowa.

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Protecting Those Who Protect Our Kids

Iowa ACEs 360 shares this story about how supervisors in the Polk County Dept. of Human Services’ Child Welfare Division are addressing trauma in their workforce.

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A New Approach to Supporting Youth in Juvenile Detention

Teenagers in jumpsuits lying on yoga mats, their eyes closed, their bodies still. This is the image Megan Hoxhalli describes as remarkable for juvenile detention, a place where youth arrive shaken, dysregulated, and scared about their future.

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Our Investments

We invest in ideas—and the people who drive them—to reimagine how our systems can surround children and youth with nurturing relationships, safe and stable environments, and supportive communities.

Grant Priorities
Iowa ACEs 360

ACEs Movement Sustainability Initiative

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Polk County Health Department

COVID Response: Addressing Health and Mental Health Concerns in Refugee and Immigrant Communities

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Please Pass the Love

COVID Response: School Mental Health Groups

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Oakridge Neighborhood Services

COVID Response: unevictIA Eviction Mapping Exhibit - Building for Stability

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Coalition for Family & Children's Services in Iowa

Change Leadership: Engaging Thought Leaders and Leadership Teams to Prepare for Family First

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Des Moines University

Culturally, Socially Responsive Health Care

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Iowa ACEs 360

Healing-Centered Engagement Cohort

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Iowa Public Radio

Health Reporting for Iowa Public Radio

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Iowa Dept. of Public Health

IDPH Title V Community-Based Doula Project for African American/Black Women

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AMOS Institute of Public Life

Organizing for Children's Mental Health

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Peer Education in Iowa: Empowering a Vital Generation

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Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

Polk County Produce Prescription Program

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Polk County Health Department

Refugee & Immigrant Voices to Inform Our Community's Health Needs Assessment

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Genesis Youth Foundation

Ubuntu Leadership Program

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Ellipsis

YHMA and YESS: Stronger Together

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Iowa Dept. of Human Services

Youth Opportunity Pathway

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Community Youth Concepts

uVoice Youth Health Philanthropy Board

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Bravo Greater Des Moines

Arts and Social Impact Pilot Project

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Blank Children's Hospital

CAMHI4Kids Coalition Funding Analysis

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Coalition for Family & Children's Services in Iowa

Change Leadership: Engaging Thought Leaders and Leadership Teams to Prepare for Family First

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HealthConnect Blog

Promoting the power of connections to inspire creative approaches for improving children’s health.

A closer look at mental health in schools during the pandemic

Community response
Nov 29, 2021
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Get to Know Dr. Nalo Johnson

Foundation news
Nov 24, 2021
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4 questions for nonprofit and community leaders

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5 questions for leaders in philanthropy

Funder practices
Nov 5, 2021
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5 ways to think about your personal brand as a part of your work

Leadership
Nov 1, 2021
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4 issues impacting children’s health during the pandemic

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7 lessons learned about systems change work

System change
Sep 9, 2021
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The Foundation's role in the HealthConnect Fellowship

Funder practices
Sep 8, 2021
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Go ahead: Brag a little

Leadership
Aug 5, 2021
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Planning from strength: questions to ask your team

Advocacy
Apr 26, 2021
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Preparing yourself to center the voices of those impacted by issues

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Vision vs. Tactics: How we can achieve the change we want to see

Action planning
Feb 22, 2021
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System-change achievements advocates are making for central Iowa’s kids

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How we can begin to find peace in 2021

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Disconnection matters

System change
Nov 24, 2020
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3 questions to reshape your policy agenda

Advocacy
Oct 30, 2020
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What you should know about homelessness in central Iowa during the pandemic

Community response
Oct 26, 2020
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Leading system change, even in times of uncertainty

System change
Jul 22, 2020
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We must all do our part to be anti-racist

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Lessons in preventing burnout

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