Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance – About Us

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Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance – About Us2023-02-02T09:06:17-05:00

Our Mission

The Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance seeks to implement health-focused initiatives that focus on the reduction of risk factors specifically related to obesity. They partner with state- and community-based coalitions in an effort to improve the overall quality of living for Indiana residents.

Our Story

Since it’s creation in 2008, the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance (formerly the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative) has been awarded new opportunities and looks to take on new strategies in its continued dedication to decreasing the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Indiana. Housed within the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) as a Connections IN Health initiative, the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance has expanded its scope to include food security, accessibility, and environmental issues. These are all risk factors that help community leaders, stakeholders, and champions identify and address root causes of obesity and lack of physical activity within their communities.

Momentum continues to grow and includes capacity building efforts around parks board development, innovative ways to share the expertise of members, and a furthered level of community engagement not previously seen before. We seek to create and foster collaborative and long-lasting relationships with all Hoosiers we meet, and provide a level of engaged expertise that decreases risk factors and promotes health.

Meeting documents and minutes for the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance can be found here.

Lead of the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance

Antonia SawyerAntonia Sawyer graduated with academic distinction from Indiana University in 2014, with a degree in the science of psychology. She recently earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and Design from the University of Indianapolis. Antonia has led a successful career in community development by utilizing her personal and professional experience. She has assisted exceptional leaders in the development and/or implementation of innovative and traditional programming within communities. Antonia now leads the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance, a Connections IN Health initiative at Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute within the Indiana University School of Medicine. Antonia seeks to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all Indiana residents by providing the support and effective strategies needed to optimize local impact.

Our Members

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Jump IN for Health Kids

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Indy Hunger Network

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Purdue Extension

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Indiana Institute on Disabliity and Community

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Indiana Department of Education

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IN Shape

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Managed Health Services

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Building Healthy Military Communities

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Indiana Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity

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Parkview Health

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Riley Hospital for Children, Weight Management Program

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Kendrick Foundation

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Family and Social Services Administration

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