Aubrey Alvarez Selected for HealthConnect Fellowship to Improve Children’s Health

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Executive Director, Aubrey Alvarez, has been selected to participate in Mid-Iowa Health Foundation’s HealthConnect Fellowship. Eighteen advocates will each receive a $15,000 award and national-level training and mentoring as they work to achieve specific system-change goals to improve children’s health.

“The HealthConnect Fellowship invests in professionals with demonstrated expertise and a commitment to addressing the barriers that keep our community’s children from thriving and builds their capacity to lead system-change work,” says Suzanne Mineck, president of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation. “By elevating a network of system-change agents, we hope to reach a tipping point toward sound policies and practices that improve the well-being of our community’s children.”

Alvarez will focus her fellowship work on expanding access to healthy food through systemic collaboration and innovation. With 1 in 8 adults in central Iowa food insecure and 1 in 5 children, this issue is increasingly important to address.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside these 18 other systems changers,” said Alvarez, “and to learn from their expertise over the next year and a half.” 

To learn more about the HealthConnect Fellowship, visit

About Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Since 1984, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation has pursued its mission to serve as a catalyst and partner for improving the health of vulnerable people in greater Des Moines. Mid-Iowa Health Foundation invites Des Moines-area communities to join together to ensure children and youth are surrounded by a safe and supportive community, have access to quality health and education services, and are protected from toxic forms of adversity. 

Emma Gellerstedt

Emma Gellerstedt

Eat Greater Des Moines Intern