Vanderburgh County Lawmakers: Local Providers Receive Funding Boost To Improve Public Health


    STATEHOUSE (July 5, 2022) – Local lawmakers said the Vanderburgh County Health Department recently received a funding boost through a new state grant program aimed at tackling public health challenges.

    State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville), supporter of the law establishing the Health Issues and Challenges Grant, said Indiana recently released more than $35 million in grant funding to local and statewide service providers and health organizations. The program’s goal is to help improve health outcomes related to tobacco use, food insecurity/obesity, lead exposure, hepatitis C, chronic disease, and disease prevention programs, including community paramedicine and community health workers.

    “By targeting specific health needs, counties can create better outcomes for the Hoosiers they serve,” McNamara said. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to tackling chronic health issues and this thoughtful funding approach should ensure dollars are spent where they are needed most.”

    The Vanderburgh County Health Department received money to support programs for community health workers and programs for elevated blood lead levels.

    “A top priority is to promote the health and wellbeing of all Hoosiers,” said State Rep. Tim O’Brien (R-Evansville). “By investing in organizations that are already working hard to solve problems, we can really make a positive difference quickly and efficiently.”

    Statewide organizations that serve local communities also received grants, including the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, the Indiana Rural Health Association, the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Health By Design and the Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition.

    “This targeted approach to helping solve public health issues will really benefit our area, and encourage residents to get and stay healthy,” said State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka). “These grants will make a big difference statewide, especially in rural areas where access to health care can be more difficult.”

    According to the Indiana Department of Health, which oversees the program, grant funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026, and additional funding will be offered in a subsequent round.