Children’s Health Initiative

HealthConnect Fellowship

The homes we live in, the places where we learn, work, and play, and the community we’re surrounded by can all significantly impact our health throughout our lifetime. For children to have equal opportunity for good health now, and as adults, our community must address the social determinants that result in poor health.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation launched the HealthConnect Fellowship with the understanding that programs and specific strategies cannot fully address the social determinants of health on a scale that will change our community. Interconnected systems impact a child’s health, making solutions even more complex. Building a sustained movement that can improve children's well-being requires relationships that leverage experiences, knowledge, and resources.

By selecting fellows who are all working on different issues, the Foundation strives to foster learning across issues and influence policy and practice changes that collectively shift systems.

The Fellowship began in 2017 with 7 fellows. Currently 20 advocates are participating in the HealthConnect Fellowship. Additional events invite additional children's health advocates and the community to participate in learning together.

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