Henry County Health Center Foundation Awards $10,000 in Furthering Health Related Initiatives

The Henry County Health Center Foundation awarded $10,000 in grants to groups in the area working on health related projects this year.

Top recipients of funding include Iowa Wesleyan University with $3,000 for use in upgrading the university’s nursing simulation equipment, the Bridges Out of Poverty group in Henry County with $2,500 for their Workplace Stability Initiative, and the Mt. Pleasant Public Library with $2,000 for health related book purchases.

“We are beyond grateful,” said Aleesa Kittrell, chair and associate professor of nursing at Iowa Wesleyan University.

For the nursing program, receiving the grant means much needed updates come faster, allowing students to keep up-to-date with their education.

“Continually updating is critical for training future nurses,” said Kittrell, “It gives them a safe or controlled environment to practice.”

Benefits also extend into the community as nursing students go from the classroom to bedside setting according to Kittrell.

The new equipment is expected on campus in a couple months.

The library will be using the funds to give out health education books to elementary students in the county through in-school and after-school programs led by Children’s Librarian Beth Kerlin.

“The more books you have at home leads to the better they do in school,” said Jeffery Meyer, the library’s director.

The books are three selections from the Berenstain Bears series: “The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor,” “The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV,” and “The Berenstain Bears & Too Much Junk Food.”

The library was also a grant recipient in 2017 receiving $2,000 which was used to update their health and medicine book collection and provide county related health resources online.

Other recipients include Young House/Christamore Family Treatment Center, Henry County Public Health, as well as the Mount Pleasant Community School District.

“It is our pleasure to fund projects such as these that share our strong commitment to the future well-being of our area residents,” said Director of the foundation Mark Hempen, in a news release. “Grants like these show our supporters how their contributions can generate positive changes locally in Henry County.”

For more information on funding opportunities visit or call the foundation at (319) 385-6541.