2021 Healthiest State Annual Award winners announced


February 19th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, IA (Feb. 19, 2021) — Officials with the Healthiest State Initiative have announced the winners of the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Awards. The winners were recognized for their efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of their students, employees and fellow Iowans.

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The winners in the 10 categories are:

Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark Community Award:

  • Cass County
  • Waterloo
  • Waverly

Early Care:

  • Small – Handy’s Home Daycare and Preschool (Norwalk)
  • Large – Des Moines Area Community College Child Development Center (Ankeny)

K-12 School:

  • Riceville Elementary (Riceville)

Out-of-School Program:

  • LINK Grinnell (Grinnell)



  • Natalie Lancial (Malvern)



  • Small – FAMILY, Inc. (Council Bluffs)
  • Medium – Delta Dental of Iowa (Johnston)
  • Large – Hy-Vee (West Des Moines)


Health Care:

  • MercyOne Family Medicine Forest Park (Mason City)
  • Primary Health Care at Mercy Family Practice Residency Program (Des Moines)



The winners were announced during virtual award ceremonies recorded Feb. 15-18 and aired on the Healthiest State Initiative’s Facebook page. Each winner was awarded a monetary prize to continue their work focused on improving the health and wellness at their site. Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director said “Even though we were not able to have an in-person ceremony this year, these finalists and winners still deserved to be recognized by the Healthiest State Initiative as well as their fellow Iowans.  We look forward to seeing how they use their award funds to further their already impressive efforts.”

The Healthiest State Annual Awards were sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Nemours and HealthPartners UnityPoint Health. To see more from the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Virtual Awards and to re-watch the ceremonies, visit