Indiana is rolling out a new effort to help improve the health of Hoosiers. The five-year plan, announced Monday, engages community groups, schools and health care organizations, targeting six specific areas for improvement.
The six priority targets of the Indiana State Health Improvement Plan are improving food safety, reducing healthcare-associated infections and sexually transmitted diseases, and reducing infant mortality, obesity and tobacco use. Indiana State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin said the plan is a community-wide effort.
“That includes school systems, public and private employers…what we hope they will see, because so many of these groups I just mentioned were involved in crafting the plan, is more of a uniform approach to these common health issues,” he said.
Larkin said the plan is about more than just public education.
“Looking at, for instance, hospitals, how they offer infant formula. Instead, we want to encourage breast-feeding. We know that helps a lot on obesity and for healthier babies.”
Other examples include addressing the exercise regimens at schools and encouraging day-cares to provide healthy food options. The full plan can be viewed at the department’s website.