Indiana Healthy Communities (IHC) is the Wellness Council’s evidence-based collaboration process designed to help communities focus on implementing and sustaining a culture of well-being to spur economic vitality.

The program takes a workforce development and economic improvement approach by focusing heavily on employer participation within the communities served.

View current Indiana health statistics to see where we stand as a state.

We help communities:


Assess their programs, services, and infrastructure in four domains: Health, Economy, Environment, and Community

Use Data

Use data from the assessment and other sources to determine community needs

Take Action

Take action by assisting key stakeholders in developing a Healthy Community Action Plan with goals and objectives

Gain Recognition

Gain recognition for the steps taken to improve community health and quality of life with the Indiana Healthy Community designation from the Wellness Council of Indiana

What is the process?

Learn more about the Indiana Healthy Communities designation process and timeline.


Ready to get started?

Take a look at our pre-assessment questions before contacting the Wellness Council of Indiana.


Become a Sponsor

Learn more about becoming a regional Indiana Healthy Communities sponsor.

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What does it take to become an Indiana Healthy Community?

Below are the 6 Key Components to building a successful community initiative. Communities are asked to consider these components when creating goals and objectives for their initiative.

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Community Understanding

Look at community health indicators and determine areas that need attention. Take an inventory of community amenities so that you can leverage what you already have. Seek input from citizens on what they envision as an ideal place to live, work and play.

Data Driven Decisions

Utilize relevant data and identified community health needs to develop your initiative. Share data sources and research with the greater community to promote transparency. Determine an evaluation strategy that measures outcomes of the community initiative and communicate the results with citizens.

Leadership and Advocacy

Engage diverse community sectors and ensure leaders are involved in each step of the community initiative process. Utilize leaders to help develop short and long-term goals that are feasible and will be supported by their various sectors.

Collective Vision and Action

A collective vision is based off the common goals and strategies of diverse sectors in the community to inspire action. Tap into existing community resources and ensure all participants are working together to achieve the goals set by the initiative.

Citizen Involvement

Empower citizens to share their input and help in the decision-making process. Citizens should be put in roles that best fit their skills and talents and it is important that these roles and expectations are openly communicated with them. Self-organizing groups understand that their diverse roles complement and support other groups in working toward their shared vision.

Effective Communication

Brand your community initiative and send regular communications through a variety of different channels. Ask for feedback from recipients and try to incorporate suggestions into your communication strategy to reach more people in the most effective way possible.

Designated Indiana Healthy Communities

These communities have worked diligently to meet the expectations set forth by the Wellness Council of Indiana and have utilized our 6 Key Components to a healthy community initiative.

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