Indiana Healthy Community InitiativeAn evidence-based collaboration process designed to help communities focus on implementing and sustaining a culture of health and well-being to spur economic vitality. Honor Roll of Healthy Communities
Why Healthy Communities?
Indiana is consistently recognized as one of the best places in the nation to do business. We lead the country in manufacturing job growth and have been ranked second in the nation for long-term fiscal stability.
However, employers are quick to point out that they are seeing a smaller and smaller pool of individuals to recruit and retain talent from due to many health and environmental factors, with some of the largest being the social environment and lack of infrastructure to encourage healthy living.
According to the 2017 America’s Health Rankings report conducted by the United Health Foundation, Indiana ranks 38th out of 50 states for health. Gallup’s 2017 Wellbeing Index has Indiana 42nd out of 50 states for overall well being. Indiana also ranks towards the bottom for many outcomes that are directly tied to our workforce health:
We’re 34th worst in drug deaths
We’re 40th worst in obesity
We’re 41st worst in percentage of smokers
These statistics affect our individual quality of life and the economic vitality of our communities. Our individual health is related to poor workforce outcomes through missed work days, high healthcare costs, absenteeism, and lost productivity among other reasons. The IHC initiative aims to help communities develop a comprehensive strategy to move toward long-term health and economic prosperity.
This initiative is driven by community leaders and advocates who unite around the desire to create better places for Hoosiers to live, work, learn, and play. The WCI takes a workforce development and economic improvement approach by focusing heavily on employer participation within the communities we serve.
For more information about the Indiana Healthy Community Initiative, contact the Indiana Healthy Communities Program Coordinator, Madie Newman at (317) 264-2167 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indiana Healthy Community (IHC) Initiative is an evidence-based collaboration process designed to help communities focus on implementing and sustaining a culture of health and well-being to spur economic vitality. The Wellness Council of Indiana (WCI) compiled best practices, tools, and resources from community and quality of life improvement programs from across the globe and designed the IHC initiative specifically for Indiana communities.
We help communities convene key stakeholders to assess the current state of the community, develop a Healthy Community Action Plan, and work towards collective goals to improve on the four domains of the IHC Initiative: