Team Members in the Community
To take service outside the walls of our facilities, Indiana University Health created Strength That Cares, a team member volunteer program, to positively impact the health of the community and foster a culture of engagement and social responsibility.
The Strength That Cares program is 10,600 members strong, spanning across the state.
Current statewide volunteer initiatives include:
IU Health Day of Service
- The IU Health Day of Service is a high-impact event aimed at engaging IU Health team members in activities that address identified community outreach priority.
- In response to the need for more physical activity assets to help combat obesity in the communities IU Health serves, the IU Health Day of Service will focus on building trails to better health in 2013-2015, by engaging more than 2,500 volunteers statewide to enhance walking trails and park assets in local communities.
- Last year, the 2012 IU Health Day of Service resulted in more than 2,200 IU Health volunteers building Habitat for Humanity home panels as part of our community revitalization efforts. As a result, 25 Habitat Homes were built; four of those homes were given to residents impacted by the 2012 Henryville tornado.
- Realizing the strong link between education and health outcomes, IU Health partnered with United Way of Central Indiana and Indiana Association of United Ways to offer Kindergarten Countdown. The program prepares at-risk Hoosier children for success in kindergarten through camps in 10 counties and 13 schools.
- Campers had a 19% increase in Get Ready to Read scores from the beginning to end of camp.