HealthConnect Blog

Welcome! This is a space for those closest to issues and collaborating partners to share perspectives on how we address social determinants of health through advocacy and systems change. You are invited to learn with us and share these posts with others as, together, we grow a network of champions for children's health.

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7 lessons learned about systems change work

The Foundation shares these lessons learned from the HealthConnect Fellowship to guide future work.

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

The Foundation found these approaches to be effective in guiding the fellowship experience.

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

Why you should take the time to brag and how to get started

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

Far too often our strategies to create a change focus on reacting to barriers. Another way to approach it is what I call "planning from our strength."

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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5 things you must know about migrant farmworkers in Iowa

Community response
Mar 30, 2020
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4 ways to understand weight stigma and promote a healthier community

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5 lessons learned in building the village of support for early-grade reading

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How we can increase everyone's access to quality foods

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Approaching storytelling with authentic engagement

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How my advocacy work became personal

Advocacy
Jan 6, 2020
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Your town might keep you from meeting your New Year's resolution

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The best professional advice I have ever received

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Exploring a new use for the Count the Kicks app through fellow connections

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We all can do better for Iowa’s children and families

System change
Nov 27, 2019
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A fellow's perspective: Getting to do the work we should be doing

System change
Nov 25, 2019
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18 HealthConnect Fellows to advance system changes to improve children’s health

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One voice for a children’s mental health system

System change
Nov 15, 2019
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Cultivating Change: How the HealthConnect Fellowship lifted a network of advocates to improve children's health

System change
Nov 15, 2019
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Persistence for quality health care

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Who's at your table?

Advocacy
Nov 13, 2019
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A call to action for Latinx youth

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Putting the pieces together for children to learn

Partnerships
Nov 9, 2019
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Housing code for healthier lives

Advocacy
Nov 7, 2019
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Connecting systems, connecting families

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Transforming practices to prevent trauma before birth

System change
Oct 31, 2019
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Six insights from listening to health advocates' stores

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A small, thoughtful group isn't the only thing

Grassroots
Oct 16, 2019
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In a battle too important to lose, the journey of being an influential leader continues

Action planning
Aug 23, 2019
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Decolonizing every table

System change
Jul 31, 2019
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The power is in the partnership

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Medicaid makes a difference

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The look of our community is still impacted by decades old policy choices

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If we're going to reduce trauma and family stress, we have to start at the very beginning

Foundation grants
Jul 31, 2019
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Latinx youth mental health: Resiliency and its limitations

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What does opportunity look like for Iowa children (and are we doing the right things help them thrive)?

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Compassion architects activate and spread compassion

Leadership
Oct 4, 2018
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Mobilizing the political will to develop a children's mental health system in Iowa

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The power of positive stressors

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Together, inching closer to a tipping point on children's issues

Advocacy
May 22, 2018
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Long-haul Advocacy: Adopting a long-term, sustained advocacy approach to effective child health systems change

Advocacy
Mar 29, 2018
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Housing policy is health policy (and education policy, and economic policy...)

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What do youth who are homeless need? And how far am I willing to go to help?

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When you have that "aha" moment, there's no going back

System change
Oct 23, 2017
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Decision-makers arent' acting as we'd like: Three reasons

Advocacy
Oct 23, 2017
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I have a dream... and an action plan

System change
Oct 23, 2017
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The teachers will learn and the students will teach

Partnerships
Oct 23, 2017
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Taking a new approach - A MIHF board member's perspective

System change
Oct 23, 2017
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Mid-Iowa Health Foundation announces new strategic initiative

Foundation news
Oct 23, 2017
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