Cultivating Change: How the HealthConnect Fellowship lifted a network of advocates to improve children's health
Two years ago, we launched the fellowship to foster a "tipping point" towards sound policy and practice changes that would positively and equitably impact the health of Iowa's children. We invited seven health advocates to join us as the inaugural fellows. Here is the release of our Cultivating Change report highlighting their work and our collective impact thus far.
The first piece of advice we are given when we decide to try creating system-level change is “you need to form a coalition." And if you ask, “What does it need to look like?” your answer is, "Get all the key stakeholders around the table." This is not enough.
Becky Miles-Polka shares her journey as part of the first cohort of fellows. Her project focused on accessing Medicaid reimbursement for home assessment and remediation to improve health outcomes for children with chronic asthma.