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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Zeroing in on Health Needs

How a needs assessment of Oakridge Neighborhood residents is informing ways to improve health and well-being

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Doula Care Becomes Essential Health Care

An Iowa Doula Project is expanding community-based health care to improve Black maternal health outcomes.

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Improving Health through Community Advocacy

How AMOS engaged hundreds of advocates to push for a children's mental health crisis response system

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Media's Role in Improving Health

How support to Iowa Public Radio is building awareness of factors that influence well-being

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Latinx Project tells story of strength and opportunity

New report highlights central Iowa Latinos contributions and disparities and elevates Latinx leaders

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Improving Health through Social Supports

MercyOne's community health worker model improves outcomes for families.

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Re-Imagining How Iowa's Systems Work Together to Best Serve Families

The Vision Council has led conversations on how Iowa's families and children can be safe, secure, healthy, and well in our communities.

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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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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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