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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 Memorial Hospital
Allen Child Protection Center | $88,000

Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health
Care Coordination | $65,000
School-Based Mental Health | $88,000

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

Riverview Center, Inc.
Sexual Assault Intervention Services | $40,000

Success Street* | $41,000

Access to Physical Healthcare:

Allen College
ACE-SAP Free Clinic | $27,000

MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center
SHIIP | $11,000

North Star Community Services
Supported Community Living | $10,600

Peoples Community Health Clinic
Access to Dental Care Relating to Missing Teeth | $40,700
Access to Health Services through Interpretation Assistance | $43,700

Success Street* | $41,000

Maternal Health and Infant Well-Being:

Allen Memorial Hospital
Enhanced Maternal Health | $15,000

Operation Threshold
Nest | $5,000

SuccessLink/Together for Youth
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention* | $30,000

SuccessLink/Together for Youth
Young Parents Together (YPT)* | $15,000

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

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family
Emergency Shelter Services for Survivors of Violence | $30,000

Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB
Iowa Child Advocacy Board (ICAB) Programs | $18,000

Success Street* | $41,000

SuccessLink/Together for Youth
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention* | $30,000

SuccessLink/Together for Youth
Young Parents Together (YPT)* | $15,000

Waypoint Services
Domestic Violence Victim Services | $22,200

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Sexual Health:

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley
Smart Girls / Passport to Manhood | $5,000

Success Street* | $41,000

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Substance Abuse:

Pathways Behavioral Services
On-Site Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment | $18,200

Success Street* | $41,000

* Denotes program covers more than one funding category. Amount listed is total grant dollars received for all categories.