Connections IN Health

Connections IN Health2021-02-25T09:56:02-05:00

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), and the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCCC) have come together to strengthen their partnership to improve health in Indiana by forming Connections IN Health. This alliance unites the state’s health coalition development work, and the IUSCC’s community and engagement initiatives with that of Indiana CTSI. Connections IN Health is led by the Indiana CTSI’s Community Health Partnerships program, which works to improve health in Indiana through community-university partnerships and community-based health research.

Connections IN Health supports stakeholders, organizations, advocates, and residents as they come together to improve health and address chronic diseases. Connections IN Health facilitates collaboration within communities by connecting stakeholders with evidence-based practices, identifying funding sources, and addressing health equity for all.

Connections IN Health includes four statewide chronic disease initiatives:

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The Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition (InJAC) is developing Indiana’s statewide strategic plan, collaborating with other agencies, health departments, and stakeholders in rural and urban communities to address and create long term sustainability of asthma programming. The coalition aims to increase asthma awareness and education, create asthma action plans, and decrease the prevalence of asthma in adults and children throughout the state. Learn more.

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The Health Equity and Cancer Control initiative collaborates with the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement Office, as they strive to increase awareness of cancer as a cause of suffering and death, disseminate evidence and community-based cancer control strategies that focus on eliminating cancer disparities and promoting health policy to decrease the cancer burden in Indiana.

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The Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance (HHWA) seeks to increase positive health outcomes within Indiana by providing the support and effective strategies needed to optimize local impact. Embracing values of collaboration, education and food equity the coalition continues to work on capacity building efforts around the built environment, innovative ways to share the expertise of members, and an increased level of community engagement. Learn more.

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The Cardiovascular and Diabetes Coalition of Indiana (CADI) is working to help Hoosiers address the burden of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and stroke through education, collaboration, awareness, advocacy, and access to care. CADI uses its long-standing history of engaging various partners throughout the state in service of this work. The coalition has successfully been able to develop and launch the Better Together Plan, Indiana’s first statewide strategic plan to address cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke together. Learn more.

Over the last decade, all four of the initiatives have made significant progress promoting local community health efforts. The Connections IN Health team’s primary goal is to further these health promotion efforts across the state.

Connections IN Health partners with statewide organizations, including Purdue Extension, which is involved in more than 60 health coalitions across the state and has educators in all 92 Indiana counties.

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A community’s greatest resource are its own residents. Community coalitions have the potential to harness the power of existing community resources to expand on the potential for significant, positive improvements to a community’s health and well-being. Learn More

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