According to the United Health Foundation’s 2020 American Health Ranking, Indiana falls near the bottom in numerous health categories, including smoking rates, obesity rates, and multiple chronic conditions. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic made the public health disparities Hoosiers regularly face even more apparent.
To help more Hoosiers lead healthier lifestyles, House Bill 1007 would establish a new public health grant program aimed at providing funding to address multiple public health issues around the state. The Indiana Department of Health would administer these grants, prioritizing new and existing proposals that focus on tackling chronic health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
The proposed grant program, IN It For Health, is based on Indiana’s successful Safety PIN program, which provides funding to local health organizations to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate. Last year, through the Safety PIN and other programs, Indiana reached a record-low infant mortality rate for the first time in the state’s history.