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Without good health, people struggle in many ways. Access to health care and the knowledge 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 preventative 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 18 births per 1,000 females in 2014 to 17 in 2020. 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. 40% of adults in Black Hawk County are obese. 7% 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:


Access to Mental Healthcare:

Allen Child Protection Center | $97,566
Allen Memorial Hospital

Care Coordination | $71,286
Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health

School Based Mental Health | $75,903
Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health

Services for People with Mental Illness, Their Families, Partners and Friends | $7,500
NAMI Black Hawk County

Sexual Assault Intervention Services | $43,614.49
Riverview Center, Inc.

Success Street* | $15,666.67

Access to Physical Healthcare:

ACE-SAP Free Clinic | $30,070
Allen College

SHIIP | $12,375
MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center

Supported Community Living | $9,450
North Star Community Services

Access to Dental Care Relating to Missing Teeth | $37,440
Peoples Community Health Clinic

Access to Health Services through Interpretation Assistance | $80,058.50
Peoples Community Health Clinic

Success Street* | $15,666.67

Maintaining Independence - Access to Home Healthcare | $19,556.44
Waterloo Visiting Nursing Association

Maternal Health and Infant Well-Being:

Enhanced Maternal Health | $18,243
Allen Memorial Hospital

Nest | $5,000
Operation Threshold

Young Parents Together (YPT) | $26,239.50
SuccessLink/Together for Youth

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Family Violence, Child and Elder Abuse:

Northeast Iowa Shelter Services | $35,000
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family

Parent Connection and Empowering Parents Programming | $6,750
Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County

Sexual Abuse Prevention Programming | $20,000
Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County

Iowa Child Advocacy Board (ICAB) Programs | $20,000
Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB

Health Families America - HOPES | $10,625
Lutheran Services in Iowa

Domestic Violence Victim Services | $28,220
Waypoint Services

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Sexual Health:

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention | $65,665.04
SuccessLink / Together for Youth

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Substance Abuse:

On-Site Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment | $20,000
Pathways Behavioral Services

Success Street* | $15,666.67


* Denotes program covers more than one focus-area