Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is proud to partner and support the work highlighted here that is creating equitable opportunities for central Iowans to live healthy lives. 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 health and supporting thriving communities.
Creating Space for Change
Advocates connect through a shared commitment to improve health outcomes.
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.
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.