211 Iowa Coalition Launches a Free App to Connect to Help

A coalition of 211 Iowa partners has developed a free 211 Iowa app to provide up-to-date information on local health and human services for anyone in Iowa seeking help.

The 211 Iowa app is a great way to find credible, current information about services in your area. This is a free resource for our community, so more individuals can access the help they need for things like food, rent assistance, employment training, family services, and more. The 211 app provides access to more than 12,000 programs in Iowa.

Once downloaded from an app store onto a smartphone, a user can enter their location and then search for services based on their needs by category. Each category will bring up a list of programs in their area. The 211 Iowa app was created in partnership with six organizations who manage 211 call centers in Iowa, stakeholders who represent health care providers, and with funding from the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, Prairie Meadows, the State Innovation Model of Iowa, and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines.

211 is available nationwide and can also be accessed by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, by visiting 211Iowa.org or by texting your ZIP code to 898211. Help navigators are available any time of day and trained to assist individuals in connecting to local services. An interpretation service supports more than 150 languages.

For an instructional video about how to use the app and for information to share with others, visit 211Iowa.org

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