Formerly known as the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative, the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance has persevered over the last twelve years, been awarded new opportunities, changed their name and looks to take on new strategies in its continued dedication to decreasing the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Indiana. Now housed in the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) as a Connections IN Health initiative, the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance has embraced Antonia Sawyer as their new leader and 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.
As the coalition heads into 2021, 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.
Lead of the Hoosier Health and Wellness Alliance
Antonia 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.