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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.


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.


Rhondas House

Rhonda's House Peer Respite

Recognizing the need for innovative and effective mental health support, Genesis Philanthropy granted dollars to launch Iowa's first peer-run respite center, Rhonda's House. This home, located in DeWitt, IA, serves people experiencing or seeking to avert a psychiatric crisis. Rhonda's House is a place of refuge and recovery for anyone who would like caring help from people who have walked in their shoes.


Rhondas House

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

In an effort to meet current Quad Cities community mental health needs, Genesis Philanthropy partnered with Vera French Community Menta Health to establish an ACT program. This is the first ACT team in the area and only the 6th in the state of Iowa. ACT teams have a demonstrated am 80% reduction in inpatient hospitalizations and 90% decrease in homelessness and incarceration for persons served by ACT.


Past Programs

Scott County Mental Health Court

Scott County Mental Health Court, in partnership with Transitions Mental Health Services, allows for more appropriate treatment for people with mental health conditions who are in the criminal court system. The specialty court reduces the number of criminal convictions of people with mental illness and reduces the number of people in prisons and jails. The mental health court staff helps identify mental health issues that may be contributing to criminal behavior. These non-violent offenders and defendants go through an in-depth screening process and must meet additional criteria for their cases to be heard in mental health court. Results to date:

  • Estimated savings to Scott County roughly $600,000 in jail costs
  • 100% of clients are connected to a physician and are medication compliant
  • 100% are in stable housing and have basic needs met, and 68% are employed
  • 100% are in therapy or groups, and 62% are volunteering in the community
  • Realizing cost savings by keeping clients out of jail and in treatment and services (e.g. connected to insurance, Social Security/disability, and employment)
  • Seeing significant improvements to overall health, such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and exercise
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Grief Support Cooperative

The Genesis Grief Support Cooperative, a pilot program coordinated by Genesis Hospice, filled a gap in the community by offering targeted, comprehensive grief services. These services not only addressed the physical and psychosocial health needs of grieving people, but greatly enhanced their ability to heal from the mental, spiritual and emotional manifestations of their grief. Genesis Grief Support provided care to people experiencing: bereavement (death of a loved one), terminal diagnosis, job loss, divorce/separation/loss of a special relationship, Alzheimer’s/dementia in a loved one, loss of health, home loss, perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, etc.), and any non-specific grief.

  • In first 6 months of offering a grief support helpline, staff received 1,011 incoming calls from 56 cities in 20 states
  • Offered grief education course with Spanish transition for Latino population
  • Offered program for suicide loss grief support
  • Partnered with Milestones Area Agency on Aging, NAMI, GolderCare Solutions, and funeral homes

Anna Neal Behavioral Intervention Unit

Established via a Genesis Philanthropy grant, the Anna Neal Behavioral intervention Unit is a three-bed unit providing short term care for behavioral health patients in need of temporary stabilization care, but may not require inpatient hospitalization. The unit, open 24-7, is located on the Genesis Medical Center, West Campus. Patients remain in the unit until they can be safely discharged or are determined to require another level of care. From the Unit Manager, “The patients love the BIU. This is a quiet environment away from the alarms and noises of the ED, and patients respond better to the quiet environment. They have room to walk around and activities organized by the Behavioral Health techs. This unit is very successful when patients come in with a crisis issue. We monitor them in the quiet environment and are able to discharge the patients with a plan out of the BIU to home.”

About Programs

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 a Program

The success of any Genesis Philanthropy programs 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 programs 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 a Program

Genesis Philanthropy Affiliate Foundations and their Partner organizations are charged with carrying out the programs. Once goals and objectives for the program 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