Stories

These are stories of changemakers: individuals whose ideas, voices, and hard work are creating opportunities for children and families in Greater Des Moines to thrive. Their commitment to our community is shaping a better future for everyone.

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is proud to partner and support the work highlighted here. At times, we are a funder. At other times, we are a convener, thought-partner, or cheerleader. We hope these stories inspire you, like they've inspired us, to imagine innovative, system-change approaches for addressing the social determinants of children's health.

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

Outcomes from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation's HealthConnect Fellowship, October 2019-June 2021

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Elevating the Latinx Community

How nonprofit leaders brought attention to the Latinx community and built new systems of support during the pandemic

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Central Iowa youth drive change for better health

uVoice high school students commit to learning about and addressing issues, including vaping and racial justice, in central Iowa.

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The Dream Cube: Art for Social Impact

The Dream Cube, a monolithic structure constructed of pillows piled 8-feet high, popped up in downtown Des Moines late last fall. The provocative piece sparked conversations about the potential of our youth—if they have a safe place to dream.

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How Youth Are Driving Community Efforts to End Homelessness

dsm Magazine features a unique collaboration that is engaging youth who’ve experienced homelessness in identifying new solutions to address this issue in central Iowa.

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Protecting Those Who Protect Our Kids

Iowa ACEs 360 shares this story about how supervisors in the Polk County Dept. of Human Services’ Child Welfare Division are addressing trauma in their workforce.

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A New Approach to Supporting Youth in Juvenile Detention

Teenagers in jumpsuits lying on yoga mats, their eyes closed, their bodies still. This is the image Megan Hoxhalli describes as remarkable for juvenile detention, a place where youth arrive shaken, dysregulated, and scared about their future.

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Hear from our community about how we can address systemic barriers to children’s health.

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Explore our library to deepen your knowledge of challenges and opportunities for improving children’s well-being.

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