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Iowa’s Business Leadership Network Launches Community-based Initiatives

As part of a novel collaboration linking the University of Iowa College of Public Health with small and medium-sized businesses across Iowa, the college recently announced the selection of six community partner organizations to implement targeted public health initiatives at the local level.

Through the Business Leadership Network (BLN), which fosters relationships between the college and Iowa’s business sector, the new community grant program made cash awards ranging from $1,253 to $3,000. The grant program funds, in conjunction with an equal cash match from another organization or business, will be used for public health-related initiatives and projects in the recipient communities.

“These grant awards underscore the College of Public Health’s commitment to collaborating with local businesses, organizations, and leaders throughout Iowa to improve the health and well-being of our state’s residents,” says Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health. “This initiative provides resources that will help to strengthen our college’s ongoing partnerships with those in Iowa’s business community.”

The recipients of the first round of funding are: Athletics for Education and Success, Fort Dodge, IA; Carry on Bags, Fairfield, IA; Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Mason City, IA; City of Storm Lake, Storm Lake, IA; Hamilton County Public Health, Webster City, IA; and Southern Prairie YMCA, Creston, IA.

The BLN, established in 2011, is a mechanism for the college to engage and collaborate with communities in development of cutting-edge, high impact public health research, enhance educational programs with service learning opportunities within businesses, and promote a culture of health throughout communities.

The first round of grant funding was available to nonprofit organizations and local government entities within the BLN regions in north central, west central, and south central Iowa. A second round of the grant program is expected to be offered later in 2016.