Central Iowans have physical and mental well-being.


Health and Well-Being encompasses so many important and imperative aspect of our lives. Physical health, mental health, access to good and fresh food, access to quality healthcare, and more have a huge impact on our lives, and in central Iowa there are many who are lacking in some or all of these areas.

 

Key Indicators of Health & Well-Being

Medical Home

  • Percent of central Iowans that have at least one personal healthcare provider
  • EQUITY LENS: Percent of Iowans that have at least one personal healthcare provider by race; income level

Health Status

  • Percent of central Iowans who report having good to excellent overall health
  • EQUITY LENS: Percent of Iowans who report having good to excellent overall health by race; income level

Depression

  • Percent of central Iowans who report having been diagnosed with depression
  • EQUITY LENS: Percent of Iowans who report having been diagnosed with depression by race; gender; income level

ACEs Resiliency

  • Percent of Iowans who report having high resiliency factors (g. supportive relationships, guided learning, skills for coping and adapting, access to physical and mental health care, safe community, faith and cultural traditions)

The diverse populations listed above are examples where inequities/disparities/gaps have been identified within our community, and data is available at either the state or county level. United Way of Central Iowa recognizes inequities/disparities/gaps exist in multiple areas for many people in our community. If inequities/disparities/gaps can be demonstrated by our funded partners for additional populations, that data will be considered as well.

 

Strategies

  • H&WB1: Reduce barriers to accessing regular, quality, culturally appropriate physical and mental health care (g. stigma, language, trust, cost, proximity, availability of workforce)
  • H&WB2: Promote and support central Iowans’ sense of purpose, belonging, and connectedness.
  • Advocacy: Policies and practices are implemented to improve Health and Well-Being systems and provide equitable access to central Iowans


Strategies and Examples of Performance Measures:

The Performance Measures (PM) below are potential measures of program outcomes. Programs may report Performance Measures on any targeted populations they serve, based on:

  • Race/ethnicity
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Income level
  • Ability status
  • English Language Learners
  • Refugee status
  • Criminal background

 

H&WB1: Reduce barriers to accessing regular, quality, culturally appropriate physical and mental health care (e.g. stigma, language, trust, cost, proximity, availability of workforce)

  • PM: Number of people served
  • PM: Number of trainings provided to address barriers
  • PM: Total number of people trained to address barriers
  • PM: Number/percent of people who maintain/improve their physical health
  • PM: Number/percent of people who maintain/improve their mental health
  • PM: Number/percent of organizations who have changed practice, policy, service delivery to reduce barriers to one or more populations

H&WB2: Promote and support central Iowans’ sense of purpose, belonging, and connectedness.

  • PM: Total number of people served
  • PM: Number of purpose, belonging, connectedness activities offered
  • PM: Number of people who attended purpose, belonging, connectedness activities
  • PM: Number/percent of people who report an increased sense of purpose, belonging, connectedness
  • PM: Number/percent of people who report an increase in resiliency factors