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.

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
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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AMOS Institute of Public Life

Civic Academy

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Primary Health Care, Inc.

Community Health Workers as a Centralized Intake for DMPS Children and Families with SDOH Barriers

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Please Pass the Love

Comprehensive School Mental Health

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Homeward

Ending Youth Homelessness Plan Staffing

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Young Women's Resource Center

Exploring Racial Trauma & Pursuing Racial Equity

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Genesis Youth Foundation

Holistic Parental Engagement in Central Iowa African Community Create an Empowerment Ecosystem

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Iowa ACEs 360

Iowa ACEs 360 Initiatives

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Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Public Radio Health Reporter

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Iowa Center for Children's Justice

Mitigating the Adverse Effects of Divorce and Custody Conflicts on Children

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NAMI Iowa

NAMI Provider: Hope as Healthcare

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Pandemic Emergency Grants

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MercyOne

Pediatric Community Health Worker

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Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Peer Education Community Input Project

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Science Center of Iowa

Science Behind the News: Viruses Exhibition and Educational Programming

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Al Exito

The Latinx Project

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Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Undesign the Redline

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HealthConnect Blog

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

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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5 barriers pregnant women in poverty face in getting the care they need

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What I've learned about system-change work during this time of crisis

System change
Jun 11, 2020
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What the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us about system change

System change
May 10, 2020
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We have the resources to build a better food system here in Iowa

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What we should do about COVID-19 racial disparities in Iowa

Advocacy
May 6, 2020
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11 best practices for working from home during COVID-19

Leadership
Apr 8, 2020
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