Erin Drinnin

Erin Drinnin

Erin Drinnin is United Way's former Community Impact Officer for Essential Needs and Health & Well-Being.

Recent Posts

Aug 26, 2022

Powered by Purpose Helps Organizations Identify Their Purpose

Powered by Purpose, a United Way of Central Iowa community-based initiative, launched The Powered by Purpose Organizational Journey, a new online program helping businesses and nonprofits identify and more intentionally share their organization’s purpose.

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Apr 3, 2020

Please Pass the Love: Connect with Students to Promote Mental Health

Continue physical distancing while you virtually connect to stay social! Find out how you can connect with other people your age through Please Pass the Love.

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Nov 27, 2019

Children in crisis: A new mental health response for central Iowa

Last November, 15-year-old Jontavious Logan of Des Moines entered a manic state. Diagnosed with autism and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), Jontavious can sometimes hurt himself and others close to him when he’s manic. That evening, he became aggressive, pushing his younger brother and then storming out of the house. His family, worried for his safety and having no other options, called the police.

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Feb 11, 2019

How you can improve mental health in central Iowa

You may know a friend or co-worker who experiences issues with mental health. Or, you have heard that Iowa ranks among the worst states for access to mental health care. Many groups are coming together to talk about mental health in our community and how to build a stronger system of care, raising up the issue as a priority in our state. 

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Oct 15, 2018

5 Ways to Improve Health in Your Community

Living a healthy lifestyle is more than choosing to eat well and exercising. Our health is most determined by where we live, including whether we have access to healthy foods, opportunities to safely be active outside, and a network that encourages us to be healthy. 

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Aug 8, 2018

Farmers' Market program increases access to healthy foods

Central Iowans are among the worst in the nation for consuming fruits and vegetables. According to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-being Index, Des Moines is ranked 185 out of 186 communities for consuming fruits and vegetables.

Only half of Iowans frequently consume produce at recommended levels. 

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Dec 18, 2017

Healthy choices count for kids and families

The Central Iowa Well Kids Coalition launched this December as a public-private partnership among 30 organizations committed to promoting healthy habits with kids and families. The coalition also launched 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count as a unified message with easy-to-implement ideas that encourage healthy habits in the places where kids live, learn, and play.

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Sep 25, 2017

The numbers behind central Iowa's health

A new infographic by United Way of Central Iowa  released this week showcases the importance of focusing on health where central Iowans live, learn, work, and play. 

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Jun 12, 2017

Exercise Equipment at Park Promotes Community Health

Improving our health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. That is why we are excited to introduce adult exercise equipment at Evelyn K. Davis Park.

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Mar 8, 2017

5-2-1-0 Builds Healthy Habits with Kids

An early adopter of the 5-2-1-0 initiative, Children & Families of Iowa's (CFI) Childhood Development Center now encourages healthy habits among all children, families and staff as part of its culture. 

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