Cherry: House advances bill establishing $50M grant program to improve Hoosier health

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation establishing a new $50 million grant program targeting the state's most critical health challenges, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).

According to the United Health Foundation, Indiana falls at the bottom of several health rankings, including being ranked as the 43rd state for physical inactivity, 41st for smoking rates and 40th for obesity rates.

"We want to see Hoosiers living healthy, happy lives, which makes our state better overall," Cherry said. "This grant program would help address some of Indiana’s top health issues, including smoking and diabetes."

Cherry said the grant program would be administered by the Indiana Department of Health. The proposals seeking to focus on chronic health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease would be given preference. Grants could be used for both new and existing programs and initiatives.

The grant program is modeled after Indiana's successful Safety PIN program, which helps lower the state's infant mortality rate through providing funding to local health organizations. After the Safety PIN program was implemented, Indiana reached a record-low infant mortality rate last year for the first time in our state's history.

House Bill 1007 is now being considered by the Senate. To learn more about House Bill 1007 and watch legislative proceedings online, visit iga.in.gov. 

 

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State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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