About Healthy Communities Partnership

In summer of 2012, the Healthy Communities Partnership of Southwest Indiana (HCP) was developed to represent the area of the Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program. The seven counties that currently comprise this area are: Dubois, Gibson, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties, in Indiana.

Through representation from each of the seven counties, the HCP has developed a comprehensive and cohesive plan designed to prevent heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other leading chronic disease-related causes of death and disability across the lifespan of residents in the seven county CTG geographic area.

This plan is being used to promote Tobacco-Free Living, Active Living and Healthy Eating, Clinical Preventive Services, and Healthy and Safe Physical Environments.
Specifically, we are implementing:
• 5 objectives for Tobacco-Free Living
• 10 objectives for Active Living and Healthy Eating
• 4 objectives for High-Impact Quality Clinical Preventive Services
• 3 objectives for Healthy and Safe Physical Environments
In addition to these specific objectives, each plan will take into account a fifth strategic direction of Social and Emotional Wellness.

The HCP utilizes national-level programs to address these strategic directions on a regional level. Programs included are the HHS Million Hearts Initiative, the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite recognition, Baby-Friendly USA, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK), Take 10, Farm to School, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Duke University Model State Childcare Regulations, and Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Program.

Upon completion of the Community Transformation Grant, the HCP will continue to pioneer health efforts over an ever-changing geographic footprint. With lessons learned and momentum gathered over the two year grant period, the HCP has plans to bring policy, systems and environmental changes to even more residents in the Tri-State area.