Indiana Healthy Community InitiativeAn evidence-based collaboration process designed to help communities focus on implementing and sustaining a culture of well-being to spur economic vitality. Honor Roll of Healthy Communities
Healthy, Economically Viable Communities
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 takes a workforce development and economic improvement approach by focusing heavily on employer participation within the communities we serve. We help communities:
Assess their programs, services, and infrastructure in four domains: Health, Economy, Environment, and Community
Use data from the assessment and other sources to determine community needs
Take Action by assisting key stakeholders in developing a Healthy Community Action Plan with goals and objectives
Gain Recognition for the steps they take to improve community health and quality of life with the Indiana Healthy Community designation from the Wellness Council of Indiana
Where Does Indiana Stand?
According to the 2018 America’s Health Rankings report conducted by the United Health Foundation, Indiana ranks 41st out of 50 states for health (we were 38th in 2017). 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 33rd worst in drug deaths
We’re 39th worst in obesity
We’re 44th 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 Indiana Healthy Community initiative aims to help communities develop a comprehensive strategy to move toward long-term health and economic prosperity.
For more information about the Indiana Healthy Community Initiative, contact Ashley O’Rourke at
(317) 264-2167 or Ashley@wellnessindiana.org
What is the process?
Learn more about the Indiana Healthy Community designation process and timeline.
Ready to get started?
Take a look at our pre-assessment questions before contacting the Wellness Council of Indiana.