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Community Engagement

Supporting community-level health priorities with tools, resources and shared knowledge

Indiana counties ranked high on national indexes, such as the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) that reflects readiness to prepare for and respond to hazardous events, are eligible to engage I-HOPE to advance a local health priority of their choosing.

Over the course of the next two years, field implementation teams from Purdue's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering will be on hand in the communities to support stakeholders with innovative tools aimed at building collaboration, hearing the voice of the community, and guiding participants to action. Purdue Extension, which has been a trusted source in all of Indiana’s counties for more than 100 years, will play a key role in I-HOPE by helping its field teams connect with local stakeholders. 

Subsequent strategy sessions will address processes, systems, policies, partnerships, communications, resources, funding opportunities, and other factors that influence health outcomes. Once a health priority focus has been chosen by the community, additional support will be on hand to ensure success including training/education, process improvement events, and the development of customized, local health communication campaigns by Purdue's Brian Lamb School of Communication. The College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue will support the evaluation of the grant and the Purdue-affiliated Connections IN Health will lend expertise and resources.

Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides further insight into I-HOPE's approach to this work.

I-HOPE Counties

Adams County
Allen County
Blackford County
Cass County
Clark County
Clinton County
Daviess County
Elkhart County
Fayette County
Grant County
Jackson County
Jay County
Jefferson County
Kosciusko County
La Porte County

Lake County
Madison County
Madison County
Marshall County
Noble County
Orange County
Ripley County
Scott County
St. Joseph County
Sullivan County
Switzerland County
Tipton County
Vanderburgh County
Vigo County
Wayne County

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