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For additional social determinants,
health, or health funding information, please try the following websites:

Social Determinants of Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control


Background on SDOH, data, tools and policy resources.

Stanford Social Innovation Review


Health equity strategies are reviewed.

The Commonwealth Fund


A business case for addressing social needs in a healthcare setting.

RAND Social Determinants of
Health Interest Group


Understanding the Upstream Social Determinants of Health.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
(ACEs) Study resources

Click Here for the continually growing Iowa ACEs 360 website containing updates on what is happening around the state of Iowa and the nation related to ACEs. From this site, consider joining ACEs Connection, and the Iowa Group within ACEs Connection to receive regular updates about work to prevent ACEs and build resilient children, families and communities.

Healthy Polk County, IA


Includes health priority and planning information for Polk County, Iowa.

Iowa Department of Public Health


For all state health resource information.

Healthy People


Contains national initiatives and health priorities.

Center for Disease Control


National health resource information.

Institute of Medicine


Health research and reports to help leaders make informed decisions.

Foundation Center


Contains a comprehensive listing of foundations, priorities, application information, and additional resources.

Grantmakers in Health


Has information about health issues and successful grantmaking strategies.

Fiscal Policy Studies Institute


Resources for using Results Based Accountability framework to measure improvements in communities.

Civic Academy
AMOS Institute of Public Life (AMOS IPL) seeks to create health and economic equity through relational community organizing. AMOS IPL will organize Civic Academies with 1,000 Central Iowans to identify and address the barriers and inequities created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis impacting the well-being of children, their families, and the community in which they're embedded. The Civic Academy Organizing Strategy will include education related to this public health and economic crisis, small group listening conversations to understand the specific barriers facing families, and launch strategic collective action to address the identified inequities. This work will develop community leaders who can advocate on their own behalf for the health of their families and community.

Arts and Social Impact Pilot Project
Bravo seeks to pilot a project/initiative that builds regional recognition that the arts can lead and advance civic goals in our region. The pilot project will also demonstrate the arts use as tools that are integral to the lives of all people and essential to a healthy and equitable community.

A coalition of advocates has come together in Iowa to work towards establishing a system for children's behavioral health in Iowa. The coalition, CAMHI4Kids, needs to better understand the state's current investment in children's behavioral health and funding sources that are being utilized. The goal of this project will be to develop a more detailed understanding of these funding streams. Activities include an initial environmental scan of the current funding map of the children's behavioral health system, interviews with fiscal experts who understand the current funding map, outreach to key stakeholders to gather intelligence to fill informational gaps, and any additional scans or research that may be necessary to better inform the environmental scan. The project would culminate in a full report with a report-out to the coalition.

Change Leadership: Engaging Thought Leaders and Leadership Teams to prepare for Family First
Building upon Year 1 funding, the Change Leadership project will engage the public and private sectors to collaborate and be solution focused to create a child welfare system that is responsive and meet the needs of Iowa's children and families.

uVoice Youth Philanthropy Board
To engage youth in philanthropy and leadership development efforts, provide opportunities for youth to learn about the inner workings of grant-making and management, complete assessments of community health needs, create strategies to address those needs, and connect with community leaders to influence change.

Holistic Parental Engagement in Central Iowa African Community create an empowerment ecosystem
Our goal is to create holistic parental engagement in Central Iowa African Community with cross-collaboration among African centric nonprofits and faith-based organizations to create an empowerment ecosystem.

Make it OK
A community campaign to reduce stigma by starting conversations and increasing understanding about mental illness.

Trauma Informed Supervision Planning and Development Initiative
The goal of the Trauma Informed Supervision Planning and Development Initiative is to create long-term sustainability for trauma-informed supervision within Polk County DHS and JCS through the development of a training structure and evaluation strategy.

ACEs Prenatal Project Development and Collaboration
The ACEs Prenatal Collaboration seeks to support the planning and development of coordinated prenatal strategies in central Iowa. The project will engage key research and implementation partners to establish content, design and evaluation for the primary strategies of childbirth education and community support coordination.

Social Emotional Learning Activities Organizational Capacity Expansion
ACEs 360 leadership will expand organizational capacity to coordinate social emotional learning activities, ensuring alignment with existing and planned strategies of the coalition and related networks as well as support the broader coalition work necessary to advance the movement. Activities include: Expand outreach in central Iowa and beyond to engage new partners in ACEs and trauma informed movement and more deeply engage existing partners, Drive web-based content development to support network communication and learning, Increase dissemination of high quality Iowa-based research and practice change.

Technical Assistance for Trauma Informed Child Welfare and Juvenile Detention
Polk County DHS Child Welfare continues to face significant stress through high caseloads and high turnover. The project will support the contract of a national expert to provide technical assistance to Polk County DHS supervisors and managers to identify and implement strategies to mitigate vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress and to support a trauma-informed environment. Efforts will begin with collaboration with the Polk County DHS Retention Team. This project coordinates with the technical assistance efforts of Polk County Juvenile Detention.

Iowa ACEs Data Report
Support to update Iowa ACEs report.

Mitigating the Adverse Effects of Divorce and Custody Conflicts on Children
Parent relationships and home environment are key social determinants of children's health. When parents divorce, intense conflict exposes kids to toxic levels of stress that puts them at risk for lifelong health issues. At ICCJ, attorneys elevate children's needs in high-conflict family matters while staff lead children’s divorce workshops. Along with alternative dispute resolution options, these services lessen family conflict, promote resiliency and stabilize the home environment—key factors to reducing adversity. Founded on July 1, 2020, ICCJ aims to accelerate the impact of its former parent organization, Kids First Law Center. The current project focuses on ICCJ's start-up phase: establishing a new organization while providing and expanding the services offered by Kids First.

Iowa Public Radio Health Reporter
With major funding support provided by the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Iowa Public Radio will hire a full-time reporter to cover a health beat. The goal of this exciting collaboration will be to leverage the powers of public media to investigate, inform, and create a public conversation around health in Iowa. Iowa Public Radio is committed to strengthening the public’s understanding of health issues and to being a vital source for trusted health information for audiences in our community and beyond.

Pediatric Community Health Worker
This project will be conducted at MercyOne Central Pediatric Clinic and includes employing a community health worker, implementing a social determinant of health needs screening tool, and collaborating with community partners to address children’s identified social determinant of health needs.

The Latinx Project
The Latinx Project is designed to address the civic and social health of the Latinx population in Central Iowa. Over the past 30 years, Iowa has experienced the significant growth of the Latinx community and a rise of new leaders. Yet large economic and social disparities between Latinx and non-Latinx in the state and metro continue to persist. The Latinx Project will systematically and strategically create a baseline of data regarding the community while building support for Latinx organizations and creating collective strength for positive, innovative and integrated change for equitable communities.

NAMI Provider: Hope as Healthcare
In this two-phase project, NAMI Iowa will train future physicians to deliver recovery-based whole-healthcare to people with mental illness. Clinicians learn from patients and families how patient-provider relationships affect health outcomes, and practice collaborative treatment. Through the sharing of experience, facilitators learn the power of their stories to improve the ability of providers and patients to relate to one another in a meaningful way. Phase 1 of this project includes the continuous education and quality assurance activities to ensure efficacy and engagement. Partially concurrent, phase 2 will consist of marketing the program and implementation model to other academic institutions, health systems, and NAMI State Organizations.

Peer Education Community Input Project
Planned Parenthood will conduct a Community Input Project to build awareness of the sex education needs and experiences of young people in Central Iowa, particularly those in populations vulnerable to sexual health disparity. Our findings will guide our development of an innovative peer education program in Polk County.

Comprehensive School Mental Health
Increase sustainable school mental health systems and supports for schools, students, staff, families, and community providers.

Ending Youth Homelessness Plan Staffing
A group of concerned community members and youth that have experienced homelessness came together in 2017 and following a year of collaboration and work, the Polk County Continuum of Care and the Youth Advisory Board released a plan to end youth homelessness. The plan included research and background on youth homelessness, community partners, key findings, and strategies. These strategies focus on strong, safe and stable families/social supports, early intervention, pathways out of homelessness, community-level solutions to systematic challenges, and next steps. The full plan can be found at http://www.polkcares.org/committee/youth-homeless-planning/. Effective implementation of the community plan will require ongoing leadership and commitment from stake holders. Continued involvement of an active youth advisory board will also be instrumental to successful implementation. The top five most important strategies have been identified to implement over the next 12 months, which will serve as a starting point. Progress will be measured by tracking the following indicators collected by the Polk County Continuum of Care: newly homeless, returns to homelessness, length of time homeless, discharges from placement without achieving permanency (emancipation), supportive relationships, count of unsheltered, and exits from homelessness to sage and stable housing.

Undesign the Redline Exhibit.

Community Health Workers as a Centralized Intake for DMPS Children and Families with SDOH Barriers
To eliminate social determinants of health barriers experienced by school-aged children and their families living in Des Moines. The designation of PHC's Community Health Worker (CHW) as a central point of intake for youth and their families will allow for better coordination of supportive services, and advance a collaborative relationship with Des Moines Public Schools.

Science Behind the News: Viruses Exhibition and Educational Programming

Exploring Racial Trauma & Pursuing Racial Equity
To understand and counteract cultural and racial inequities inside the YWRC through research on expanded ACEs, internal data collection on trauma and resiliency, improved representation, and updated policies and practices. Lessons learned and tools developed will be actively shared to support growth of fellow nonprofits.

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Disaster Recovery Fund in response to COVID-19 Pandemic — $25,000

Dental Connections, Inc$10,000

Des Moines Area Religious Council$10,000


Food Bank of Iowa$10,000

Orchard Place$10,000

Please Pass the Love$5,000

Primary Health Care, Inc.$20,000

Proteus, Inc. - Central Iowa Immigrant Community Support Fund — $10,000

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)$10,000