Without good health, people struggle in many ways. Access to health care and the knwoledge to make smart choices are key to a good quality of life.

Improving people’s health is a focus of Cedar Valley United Way. We are working to improve health by:

  • Empowering individuals by reducing substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence
  • Increasing health education and preventitive care
  • Improving maternal health and infant well-being

Data shows us our investments are working. The teen birth rate in Black Hawk County has fallen from 31 births per 1,000 females in 2010 to 18 in 2014. But there is work to be done. 29,000 adults in Black Hawk County will experience a mental health problem or illness in their lifetime. Iowa ranks last in the number of state psychiatric beds with only 2 beds for every 100,000 residents, and of those beds 1.2 are forensic psychiatric beds. 29% of adults are obese. 7.8% of babies are born at a low birth weight, increasing their risk for preventable health problems.

United Way is working to fix these problems and give people the opportunity to live a healthier life. Investments in health include the following programs:

2016-17 Health Funding Grants

Access to Mental Healthcare
Therapeutic Riding Program 
| $10,000

Services for People with Mental Illness | $6,500
NAMI Black Hawk County 

Care Coordination | $80,160
UnityPoint Health - Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health

School Based Mental Health Services | $72,480
UnityPoint Health - Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health

Access to Physical Healthcare
ACE-SAP Clinic | $16,983
Allen College

Dental Insurance Coverage and Care | $36,572
People Community Health Clinic

Interpretation Assistance | $49,552
People Community Health Clinic

Community Home Nursing | $50,000
Waterloo Visiting Nurses Association

SHIIP | $13,000
Wheaton Franciscan Health System/RSVP

Maternal Health & Infant Well-Being
Health Families America - HOPES | $21,625
Lutheran Services in Iowa

HOPES | $13,121
Operation Threshold

Nest Program | $14,140
Operation Threshold

Enhanced Maternal Health | $13,400
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital

Young Parents Together | $39,40
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital/Together for Youth

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Family Violence, Child and Elder Abuse
Northeast Iowa Shelter Services | $26,700
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family

Parent Connection/Empowering Parents | $13,500
Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County

CASA | $15,000
Friends of Iowa Child Advocacy

Allen Child Protection Center | $50,000
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Obesity
Perishable Foods | $50,000
Northeast Iowa Food Bank

Grundy Center Before and After School | $5,500
YMCA of Black Hawk County

Know Your Numbers | $12,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Sexual Health
Sexual Abuse Prevention Education | $25,000
Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention | $75,000
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital/Together for Youth

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Substance Abuse
On-Site Adolescent Substance Abuse Intervention | $31,500
Pathways Behavioral Services

Total Health Grants | $741,132