Improving people's health.


What is the issue?

Primary Indicators:

  1. % of individuals who have reduced risky behaviors, child abuse and domestic violence.

  2. % of individuals increasing health education and preventive care.

  3. % of children, youth or adults who receive timely, regular and preventative health care including mental health.

Give. Your contributions helped:

  • Provide bereavement support for 128 people.

  • Provide Hospice House Residential Care for 69 patients.

  • 100 students in Ottumwa elementary schools received early detection of serious emotional disturbance and counseling.

  • The Teen Health Center located in Ottumwa High School with 974 patient visits.  Providing immediate care for students without having to leave school.

Volunteer. Your efforts:

  • 22 volunteers that sent out 2121 “care notes” to support people who have lost a loved one.

  • 1221 hours of caring for patients in hospice house.  Providing meals, respite, and support for family and patients.


Health Facts

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.

  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.1

  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.2

  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.3



1Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.