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.
Champions for Change: A Collective Commitment to Children's Health
Outcomes from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation's HealthConnect Fellowship, October 2019-June 2021
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.