Issues & Ideas

To advance our mission of improving children's health, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation offers this website as a place to learn together. Here we offer ideas, gathered locally and nationally, on issues impacting children and youth and how we we do our work. We invite you to explore different topic areas and hope you leave inspired to try new strategies and to build new partnerships.

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Search articles, research, websites, and case studies we’ve compiled on issues and approaches related to children’s health.

Report

Champions for Change: A Collective Commitment to Children's Health

View Champions for Change: A Collective Commitment to Children's Health
Report

Why aren't kids a policy priority?

View Why aren't kids a policy priority?
Article

Study: Impact of neighborhood disadvantage on a child’s brain

View Study: Impact of neighborhood disadvantage on a child’s brain
Website

The United States Prosperity Index 2021

View The United States Prosperity Index 2021
Website

Make It Okay messaging in multiple languages

View Make It Okay messaging in multiple languages
Article

8 Ways People of Color are Tokenized in Nonprofits

View 8 Ways People of Color are Tokenized in Nonprofits
Article

Building a Trust-Based Philanthropy to Shift Power Back to Communities

View Building a Trust-Based Philanthropy to Shift Power Back to Communities
Guide

Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap

View Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap
Website

Frameworks Institute: Changing the conversation on social issues

View Frameworks Institute: Changing the conversation on social issues
Website

Framing best practices with Topos Partnership

View Framing best practices with Topos Partnership
Report

Systems Change & Deep Equity

View Systems Change & Deep Equity
Website

Iowa Coalition for Collective Change

View Iowa Coalition for Collective Change
Website

Iowa Public Health Association

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Report

Cultivating Change: How the HealthConnect Fellowship lifted a network of advocates to improve children's health in central Iowa

View Cultivating Change: How the HealthConnect Fellowship lifted a network of advocates to improve children's health in central Iowa
Report

Shifting the Lens: How The ACE Study sparked action to collectively improve our community's health

View Shifting the Lens: How The ACE Study sparked action to collectively improve our community's health
Website

National Academy of Medicine

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Website

Grant Makers in Health

View Grant Makers in Health
Guide

Results-Based Accountability Implementation Guide

View Results-Based Accountability Implementation Guide
Website

Healthy People 2030

View Healthy People 2030
Website

ACEs Connection

View ACEs Connection
White Paper

Understanding the Upstream Social Determinants of Health

View Understanding the Upstream Social Determinants of Health
Report

Addressing Patients' Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment

View Addressing Patients' Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment
Report

Innovations in Health Equity and Health Philanthropy

View Innovations in Health Equity and Health Philanthropy
Website

Centers for Disease Control

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White Paper

Prenatal Strategies to Support Families

View Prenatal Strategies to Support Families
Report

United Way Community Impact Report

View United Way Community Impact Report
Report

1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative 2020 Report

View 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative 2020 Report
Report

2020 One Economy: The Blueprint for Action

View 2020 One Economy: The Blueprint for Action
Report

Human Trafficking Awareness for Youth

View Human Trafficking Awareness for Youth
Report

Mental and Sexual Health Education for Youth

View Mental and Sexual Health Education for Youth
Policy Brief

Strengthening Medicaid

View Strengthening Medicaid
Website

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

View Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program
Website

CAMHI4Kids Children's Mental Health System

View CAMHI4Kids Children's Mental Health System
Policy Brief

Transforming Iowa's Foster Care System to Support Kinship Caregiving

View Transforming Iowa's Foster Care System to Support Kinship Caregiving
Website

Community Catalyst System of Advocacy

View Community Catalyst System of Advocacy
Report

The Water of Systems Change

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Foundation Learning

We value taking time to reflect on what we learn from initiatives and to share insights with our community. Below are reports Mid-Iowa Health Foundation has developed or supported.

Report

Champions for Change: A Collective Commitment to Children's Health

This report shares outcomes and lessons learned from the HealthConnect Fellowship initiative from October 2019-June 2021

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Cultivating Change: How the HealthConnect Fellowship lifted a network of advocates to improve children's health in central Iowa

This report shares how Mid-Iowa Health Foundation created the HealthConnect fellowship, lessons learned in the process, and stories about each fellow's journey in advocating for system changes.

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Shifting the Lens: How The ACE Study sparked action to collectively improve our community's health

This report shares how The ACE Study transformed Mid-Iowa Health Foundation's and its partners' work and the changes created in central Iowa organizations and systems over a decade to respond to the study's findings.

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Creating Connections to Learn Together

By listening to our community, we can better understand the unique challenges families face and reimagine how we foster the healthy development of our kids. The HealthConnect Blog is a platform for many voices to be a part of the solutions we create.

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4 Issues Impacting Children’s Health During the Pandemic

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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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Investing in Meaningful Change

As we learn with our community, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is challenged to reflect on our role in transforming how our community supports children and families. We offer some articles that are inspiring our current practices as a funder.

Funding Practices