School Resource Navigation

Hi Folks! I’m Emily, the school based resource navigator. I work with the Cedar County Public Health Department & North Cedar School District to help connect youth and families with various academic, medical, dental, social/emotional and other support service needs. Providing support, information, assistance identifying options and potential solutions, empowering students and families to set goals and make choices that are right for them.


Things I can help with as a resource navigator:

  • linking students and/or family members to health services, such as medical or dental clinics, mental/behavioral health services, or other services designed to meet specific social/emotional, academic or health needs.
  • Assistance arranging appointments and transportation for a student and/or family members to medical, dental and mental health appointments.
  • Connect youth to community-based programs such as in-home family support programs, group support, public health programs, housing, household resources, employment, etc.
  • Refer students/families to community resources including but not limited to: Food, housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, heat, electricity, clothing, school supplies


Contact Information

Emily Smith, B.S. (she/her/hers)
School Based Resource Navigator
Cedar County Public Health & North Cedar School District
Work Cell (Call/Text):  563·886·4711

Resource links

Community Action Eastern Iowa

Eastern Iowa Mental Health And Disability Services Region

LMC Resources Directory

Mental Health Crisis Resources

What is a Crisis? A crisis is any stress or pressure that has become too great for you to cope with alone. 

Crisis Services are:

  • available throughout the entire Eastern Iowa MHDS Region (Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine, and Scott Counties)
  • at no cost to residents of the Eastern Iowa Region (they are funded at least in part by the Region)
  • participation is voluntary

24-Hour Crisis Line – 1-844-430-0375 – answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year by Foundation 2.  The crisis line is answered by trained, compassionate telephone counselors.  Available to all ages.

24-Hour Mobile Crisis Outreach – 1-844-430-0375 – available 24 hours a day, every day of the year by Foundation 2.    Trained counselors meet with the individual experiencing the crisis in a safe place, in the individual’s home or a safe place in the community.  Please see the Mobile Crisis Services page for more information.   Available to all ages.

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