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:

2018-2019 Health Funding Grants

Access to Mental Healthcare
Services for People with Mental Illness 
| $7,000
NAMI Black Hawk County

Sexual Assault Intervention Services | $45,000
Riverview Center, Inc.

Allen Child Protection Center | $75,000
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital

Care Coordination | $58,841
UnityPoint Health - Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health

Access to Physical Healthcare
ACE-SAP Clinic | $20,000
Allen College

Access to Dental Care Relating to Missing Teeth | $44,100
People Community Health Clinic

Access to Health Services through Interpretation Assistance | $84,065
People Community Health Clinic

Maintaining Independence - Access to Home Healthcare | $54,336
Waterloo Visiting Nurses Association

SHIIP | $14,500
MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center

Maternal Health and Infant Well-Being
Health Families America - HOPES | $22,000
Lutheran Services in Iowa

Nest | $17,535
Operation Threshold

Enhanced Maternal Health | $17,000
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital

Young Parents Together (YPT) | $49,983
SuccessLink/Together for Youth

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Family Violence, Child and Elder Abuse
Northeast Iowa Shelter Services | $34,800
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family

Parent Connection and Empowering Parents Programming | $15,300
Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County

Sexual Abuse Prevention Programming | $21,250
Family and Children's Council of Black Hawk County

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) | $20,000
Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB

Domestic Violence Victim Services | $36,000
Waypoint Services

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Obesity
Know Your Numbers | $12,000
YWCA of Black Hawk County

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Sexual Health
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention | $80,000
SuccessLink / Together for Youth

Increase Healthy Behaviors - Substance Abuse
On-Site Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment | $30,000
Pathways Behavioral Services

Total Health Grants | $758,710