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Indiana University Health is committed to the health and wellness needs of all Indiana communities we serve. Through the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, we have identified and are focusing our 2016-18 community benefit efforts on the following community health needs:

  • Access to Affordable Healthcare
  • Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse
  • Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Priority Health AreasSlice

IU Health is taking action on a number of community health needs identified by our communities across the state.

Access to Healthcare

IU Health is committed to providing complete, quality healthcare for Hoosiers; a top health need identified by all statewide communities served by IU Health. We are focusing on the needs of the underserved to create initiatives and support efforts that both educate community members to understand and navigate the healthcare system and also to increase the availability of low-cost services and provide financial assistance.

In 2016, IU Health provided more than 100,000 patients with more than $129 million in free or reduced-cost care and currently supports a number of clinics to provide free or reduced-cost care to individuals without access to insurance or the ability to pay the full cost of their healthcare.

Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse

Nearly half of Americans will develop a mental illness during their lifetime and 10% of Americans will suffer from a substance abuse problem (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011, and National Institutes of Health, 2015). 

Most IU Health communities identify behavioral health and substance abuse as a top need. To help meet this critical need, IU Health offers a wide range of services designed to support patients with behavioral, psychiatric and psychological needs, all to ensure each patient’s total well-being. Additionally, IU Health partners with community organizations focused on improving the health of those who suffer from behavioral health and substance abuse disorders.

Healthy Weight & Nutrition

According to the Trust for America’s Health report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2017, Indiana ranks 10th in the nation for highest adult obesity rates. All IU Health communities across the state identify obesity prevention as a critical community health need. IU Health is committed to innovative efforts to prevent and reverse obesity in our communities by helping residents get healthy and get moving. This includes improved access to healthier school environments and increased access to safe places for community members to be physically active.

Priority Health Areas

IU Health is taking action on a number of community health needs identified by our communities across the state.

Access to Healthcare

IU Health is committed to providing complete, quality healthcare for Hoosiers; a top health need identified by all statewide communities served by IU Health. We are focusing on the needs of the underserved to create initiatives and support efforts that both educate community members to understand and navigate the healthcare system and also to increase the availability of low-cost services and provide financial assistance.

In 2016, IU Health provided more than 100,000 patients with more than $129 million in free or reduced-cost care and currently supports a number of clinics to provide free or reduced-cost care to individuals without access to insurance or the ability to pay the full cost of their healthcare.

Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse

Nearly half of Americans will develop a mental illness during their lifetime and 10% of Americans will suffer from a substance abuse problem (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011, and National Institutes of Health, 2015). 

Most IU Health communities identify behavioral health and substance abuse as a top need. To help meet this critical need, IU Health offers a wide range of services designed to support patients with behavioral, psychiatric and psychological needs, all to ensure each patient’s total well-being. Additionally, IU Health partners with community organizations focused on improving the health of those who suffer from behavioral health and substance abuse disorders.

Healthy Weight & Nutrition

According to the Trust for America’s Health report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2017, Indiana ranks 10th in the nation for highest adult obesity rates. All IU Health communities across the state identify obesity prevention as a critical community health need. IU Health is committed to innovative efforts to prevent and reverse obesity in our communities by helping residents get healthy and get moving. This includes improved access to healthier school environments and increased access to safe places for community members to be physically active.