Erin Drinnin

Erin Drinnin
Erin Drinnin is United Way's Community Impact Officer for Health.

Recent Posts

Stacking the Deck Against ACEs

Children are resilient. You hear it all the time. And they are: they bounce back from skinned knees, broken bones, and fights with friends. But that doesn’t mean children are immune to trauma. Increasingly, the kids of central Iowa are put in...

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You Say Potato: The Telligen Giving Garden

Most of us aren’t farmers, so harvest season passes us by without a thought. But this year—over at Telligen in West Des Moines—employees dedicated late August and September to rooting out potatoes—a harvest of hundreds of pounds for the...

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5-2-1-0

Life used to be a lot simpler. Kids played outside without encouragement, and “screen time” wasn’t even a phrase. But in the 21st century, raising, teaching or caring for kids is more complicated. It can be difficult to know what’s best for kids’...

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Pack a Protein Picnic

Kids may get a summer break, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation.

When school cafeterias are closed over the summer, children from low-income families lose a regular source of one or two meals a day. Families who rely on free and reduced lunch—75...

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The new Medicaid: collaborating to ensure access to care

Medicaid and hawk-i as we know them have changed, beginning April 1. This affects 500,000 people—nearly one in six Iowans.

Medicaid Modernization, as it is called by the state of Iowa, changes the management of care for the Medicaid and hawk-i...

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Community Gardens: Feed the hungry in central Iowa

It’s hard to fathom, but in Iowa—the food capital of the world—13 percent of families don’t have a secure source of nutritious food. One in five children struggle with hunger.

Poverty is certainly a reason, with 65 percent of these families living...

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