Eastern Iowa Health Center (EIHC) and YPN serve children and families on a daily basis. The majority of those served are low-income families and both organizations saw a common need: Diapers. So simple, yet so important.
Some of the most financially stressed parents – the poorest in our community – can also spend nearly 14% of their paycheck on diapers. For them, the lack of diapers can make the difference between being able to pay rent, put food on the table, or even take a child to daycare so they themselves can go to work.
Seeing the hardship that diaper costs creates for some of the community’s most vulnerable families, the Eastern Iowa Health Center and YPN have collaborated to create the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank. The mission is simple: To provide families in need with diapers. Currently, the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank is serving clients of EIHC and YPN.
The Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN). The network is leading a national movement to safeguard one of the most basic needs of all babies and their families, access to clean, dry diapers. Access to clean diapers improves the physical, mental and economic well-being of babies, families, and communities.
Eastern Iowa Health Center is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center dedicated to providing quality Family Practice, OB/GYN and Pediatric services in eastern Iowa. It is a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical home – the country’s highest designation – offering comprehensive primary healthcare services to the community, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please visit www.easterniowahealthcenter.com.
Founded in 1985 by community leaders who recognized that there was a lack of support for young families in Cedar Rapids, YPN programs nurture parents and children to support healthy family dynamics and positive futures. Thanks to the extensive collaborative relationships that have been formed in the community, YPN is often the first point of contact for families who are in need of additional support. For more information, please visit www.youngparentsnetwork.org.