Focus Area

Expanding Public Health Infrastructure

This prong of the COVID-19 Relief Fund allowed for the expansion of existing infrastructure within public health organizations. It also provided crucial stability for front line health care workers as they responded to the pandemic.

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The team at Iowa West became way more than a foundation; they became a partner with public health to ensure the safety of our residents and workforce. The role that Iowa West played had not been defined prior to the public health emergency, and it was their dedicated and knowledgeable staff who never hesitated to do what was best.

Matt Wyant
Pottawattamie County Planning and Development Director


Both Council Bluffs' CHI Health Mercy Hospital and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital received $200,000 from the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The two health care providers were unified in their provision of COVID-19 care, which included equipment for testing. Pottawattamie County also received $11,000 for testing.


The pandemic forced many facilities to come up with more space in short time. The COVID-19 Relief funds also enabled the hospitals to expand their treatment areas and purchase essential equipment needed to care for COVID patients.


While health care is not one of IWF's standard funding areas, the extreme need called for our organization to adapt to meet the needs of our community. That included several grants for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as campaigns encouraging mask usage to help stop the spread.