Regional Initiatives

Reducing or eliminating the sometimes devastating affects of chronic disease is possible with a charitable investment by visionary donors.

Our Current Initiatives

MetS Initiative

Naturally Slim Scholarships

The Naturally Slim program teaches you how to eat to reduce your chances of getting a serious disease, like diabetes or heart disease, and increase your chance at living a longer, healthier life.

Learn how you can participate

Schedule a visit with Family Connects today!

Genesis Family Connects

Genesis Family Connects supports parents by bringing health providers, community resources and families together. Our mission is to connect you with resources that nurture your whole family and support your child’s growth.


Doctors Day

Doctor's Day

Every year, on the national observance known as Doctors' Day (March 30th), Genesis Health System takes the opportunity to honor and celebrate our affiliated physicians.

Honor a Doctor

About Initiatives

Thinking of new ways to create a healthier community isn't restricted to the experts! Programs that are working in other communities across the nation -- or across the globe -- might be the answer to some of our region's complex health issues. Genesis Philanthropy seeks the advice of medical experts, donors, non-profit organizations, community leaders and others to identify solutions and put philanthropy to work for health and wellness.

Funding an Initiative

The success of any Genesis Philanthropy initiative requires three things: 1) a great idea, 2) charitable funds, and 3) partners in action. Seeing measurable results in the fight against heart disease, cancer, obesity, mental illness and other chronic conditions is possible.

For example, the Gene and JoAnn Waddell Fund for Regional Hospice and Cancer Care was used to fund free lung cancer screenings in our region. 

Genesis Philanthropy develops, manages and grants monies from a series of regional charitable funds supporting population health initiatives throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Once a named fund is established, additional contributions are welcome. Staff at any of the Affiliate Foundations can assist with the creation of a fund, as well as contributions to existing funds.

Implementing an Initiative

Genesis Philanthropy Affiliate Foundations and their Partner organizations are charged with carrying out the initiatives. Once goals and objectives for the initiative are established, each community addresses the health challenge in its own way. Best practices will be shared, taken to scale, and offered to other areas throughout our region and nation.

Hear more about the Metabolic Syndrome Initiative

Hear how the Naturally Slim™ program provided by Genesis Philanthropy and the Mercer Foundation for Health changed Sue Ewing's life.

Interview courtesey of WRMJ Radio, Aledo, IL


Honor a physician for Doctors' Day

Honor Your Doctor for Doctors' Day

Delivering your precious baby.

Celebrating with you after your final treatment.

Taking extra time to hold your mom's hand and explain the procedure.

Never giving up until they find an answer.

Saving a loved one's life.

Compassionate. Caring. Supportive.

What does your doctor deserve recognition for?

Honor Your DOCTOR Today

Success Story

Ron Bormann after skydiving

At 12 miles per hour on a bike or 135 miles per hour in a free fall from 13,600 feet, Ron Bormann is different than the previous version of himself thanks to Genesis Philanthropy, DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation and the Naturally Slim™ program.

Read his story.