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Heartland Family Service awarded grant for physical-mental health program

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The Heartland Family Service office in Council Bluffs is on the Charles E. Lakin Campus off North 16th Street.

Heartland Family Service has been awarded a $22,000 grant to help fund a program that combines treatment for mental and physical health.

The Innovation Grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation’s Ignite and Innovation grant program will support Heartland’s InSHAPE treatment program for people with serious and persistent mental illness.

Heartland was one of 10 organizations awarded grants in the foundation’s most recent cycle. A total of $196,356 was awarded to nonprofits for oral health and overall health projects in Iowa.

The foundation’s Ignite and Innovation grant programs are intended to infuse a spark, encourage learnings or initiate a larger oral or overall health initiative. Both funds provide support to programs that align with the foundation’s strategic areas of focus: education and advocacy, access and prevention and policy and research.

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“There is a strong sense of initiative and purpose in these Ignite and Innovation projects,” said Suzanne Heckenlaible, executive director of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. “By expanding the footprint of research, education and outreach, especially to diverse and at-risk populations, Delta Dental can help these organizations create immediate impact on the oral and overall health and wellbeing of Iowans.”

The grants provide up to $25,000 for projects that advance oral health or the integration of oral health with overall health.

Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Ignite and Innovation grant applications from Iowa agencies are reviewed twice a year, and applications are due on May 1 and Sept. 1. Since 2002, Delta Dental has invested more than $49 million to improve the oral and overall health of Iowans. Learn more about the foundation’s grants at

As it happens, July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. While mental illness can affect individuals of any race, ethnicity or background, unique external and internal barriers to accessing care and treatment exist for minorities. A few of these barriers include lack of access to health coverage, discrimination in treatment settings and cultural stigmas surrounding mental health.

According to the Office of Minority Health within the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, roughly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment. Minority racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. are even less likely to get help when struggling with a mental illness.

The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in the community through education, counseling and support services. Founded in Omaha in 1875, Heartland Family Service connected with 60,309 individuals and families through direct services, education and outreach last year from more than 15 locations in east-central Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

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