Over the course of the last year, Indiana Together We Will is proud to say that dozens of innovative projects have been funded and launched across the state in an effort to support underserved communities. This page provides an overview of all of the organizations that have been funded, a description of their program and the amount that they were awarded. While we have funded out most of the original $5,000,000- we are happy to announce that we will be continuing to accept new applications as Together We Will has been extended for an additional year and received an additional $2,000,000 in funding. Thank you for your support and we look forward to growing the number of communities being served across Indiana.
Below to the left are all the funded projects by priority health area, if you click on the title it will take you to the full project details. Below to the right is a map of all of the funded projects to better understand what types of projects have been funded in what areas of the state.
Tippecanoe County Re-Entry Initiative
Paul’s Plan Ministries, Inc.
Paul’s Plan Ministries will have one part-time Certified Peer Support Professional (CPSP) on staff to provide support free-of-charge to individuals from Tippecanoe County Community Corrections, serving a minimum of 50-75 people annually. In addition, the CPSP will provide recovery support service needs as presented by people with substance use disorder histories re-entering the community from the criminal justice system in Tippecanoe County, with the biggest priority population being BIPOC-focused. Paul’s Plan Ministries will partner with the Recovery Capital Index national software to track and measure outcomes.
Awarded Amount $74,992
Substance Misuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion for Youth Affected by COVID-19
The Papa House
The project will provide education and training for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Botvin Life Skills (an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program), “Why Try” in elementary and middle schools (an evidence-based program that teaches social and emotional principles), and training for community stakeholders on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). In addition, the project will involve public awareness campaigns through billboards, newspapers, radio, and social media. Funding will also be provided for Camp D.E.A.N., a weekend substance use prevention and mentoring program for youth, ages 12-17; and “Hip Hop to Prevent,” using language, arts, and history in a cultural and contextual framework to address substance use and HIV-risk behaviors.
Awarded Amount $75,000
R-FIT (Recovery Fitness in Training)
Recover Out Loud, Inc.
The R-FIT program is designed to address substance use through fitness and community. The lessons include effects of addiction on the brain, effect of fitness on the brain, substances and nutrition within the body, mental health benefits of fitness, and other forms of fitness and how it can impact and support recovery. Grant funds will support salaries for three part-time employees, program scholarships, fitness equipment, office supplies, internet access, and computer software.
Awarded Amount $74,478.95
Culturally Accessible Peer Support (CAPS)
Mental Health Association in Indiana, Inc. (MHAI)
“MHAI will use CAPS to increase the workforce and accessibility of qualified behavioral persons of color across Indiana. MHAI will partner with the Stanley W. DeKemper Training Institute and Indiana Association of Peer Recovery Support
Services to broaden and deepen recovery support services available to underserved populations in high demand and high need areas by training and certifying people of color as Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs). Grant funds will be utilized for oversight of the program, a Training Coordinator, trainers, and marketing.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Inspiration Ministries, Inc.
Victory Village will be a Recovery Residence certified by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction to meet every standard of operations to help those with substance use disorder live a successful and healthy life. It will specifically provide space for mental health counseling for clinical partners to successfully engage with clients.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition Vaccination Initiative: Decreasing Barriers, Increasing Acceptance
Northern Indiana Hispanic Coalition
Northern Indiana Hispanic Coalition will hold training sessions for community leaders and influencers to help promote and communicate vaccine information. The applicant will use various media (website, social media, radio, and TV) to promote COVID-19 awareness and vaccinations. The organization will offer vaccination services and free testing. The applicant will continue to run its bilingual telephone hotline and make follow-up calls. In addition, they will offer COVID-19 vaccination clinics on a regular basis, which will include staff who are bilingual who are trained in cultural sensitivity and services related to COVID-19.
Awarded Amount $253,000.00
Juntos Mejor – Building a Stronger, Healthier, Latino Community
La Casa de Amistad
La Casa de Amistad will coordinate with IDOH to host 20 COVID-19 testing and vaccines clinics from April 2022 – April 2023, hosting 2 clinics per month to reach at least 40 (mainly Latino) community members at each clinic. The organization applicant will develop a community outreach and marketing campaign to reach Latinos that will encourage vaccinations, reduce confusion, and increase awareness of the importance of public health. La Casa de Amistad will collaborate with local hospitals, the City of South Bend, United Way of St. Joseph County, the National Guard, and local health departments. Bilingual information and materials will be developed to improve outreach and connections to health care providers among the Latino population.
Awarded Amount $97,540.00
Evansville Vehicles for Vaccines
Carver Community Organization
The project will provide transportation for essential needs and will offer access to ongoing educational seminars to educate and build confidence in COVID-19 vaccinations. Carver Community Organization will host education events with culturally relevant subject matter experts and information. The project will provide rides to doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, grocery store trips, attending seminars and local town halls that are focused on COVID-19, as well as for attending the Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative and other related activities.
Awarded Amount $75,000
HE (Barbershop Health Series)
Holistic Evolution, Inc.
The project will provide 65 hours of evidence- based mentoring a month for 12 months. A minimum of 50 Black males ages 16-24 years old in northwest Indiana will be served, providing an alternative to violence through a Holistic Hero (male mentors) outing, HE Barbershop Health Series, as well as individual and group mentoring. In addition, the mentor and mentee matches will be trained as community health workers and will work as a team to organize 5 barbershop talks focused on community violence prevention, mental health access and resources, substance abuse and misuse resources, and prevention of risky sexual behavior. Creategency Production will capture these talks on video, edit 3 teaser videos. During the mentor closure ceremony all parties involved will be invited to view the complete edited version of the HE Barbershop Health Series.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Eskenazi Health Center of Hope
Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County-Eskenazi Health
The project will involve hiring a Spanish speaking therapist who will provide counseling in an individual, group, or family setting to at least 50 Spanish speaking patients within the grant year. The therapist will use culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions geared towards empowering Latinas to make decisions that prioritize their safety. The therapist will emphasize healthy communication strategies that can be used by the survivor to advocate for herself and clearly communicate about relationship boundaries, and lead to a reduction in the occurrence of violence.
Awarded Amount $74,393.00
Faith Farms & Orchard
Families Anchored in Total Harmony, Inc.
The project will help fund a Farm Manager who will oversee various aspects of farm production, as well as coordinating with partners and volunteers. In addition, the project will provide 6 1/2 months of feed for chickens, ducks, and goats. Funding will be provided for summer interns, the Junior Master Gardener Program, Master Gardener Program, and marketing for a website and social media.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Case Management Services for Identity Re-Establishment and Assistance Program Enrollment
St. Martin DePorres Center, Inc.
The project will help fund a case manager to assist individuals in re-establishing identities (which are disproportionately minorities) enabling them to apply for additional services (HUD, SNAP, HIP), as well as acquire job training.
Awarded Amount $61,690.00
Rush Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic Mobile Unit and Community Outreach Project
Rush Memorial Hospital
Rush Memorial Hospital will provide a new access site for primary care services through a mobile unit to Rush and surrounding counties in east central Indiana. Among other services, this will include help in managing chronic care for to address diabetes and work to reduce the high rates of smokers. The diabetes program uses the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) to address diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Awarded Amount $73,911.00
Acute Curiosity: A Mail Based HIV Home Testing Initiative.
ShipHappens will support the distribution of HIV home testing kits, through the design and launch of a marketing campaign coined “Acute Curiosity.” This campaign will include the creation, marketing and analytics of a Public Service Announcement (PSA), placement of 2 billboards, and live demonstration of the OraQuick test kit.
Awarded Amount $70,159.00
Recursos de Salud Para Mí. (Health Resources for Me)
Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Grant funds will be used to hire a bilingual and bicultural Social Worker, a Registered Nurse, and a Community Health Worker. These staff members will help end the stigma around mental health in the Hispanic/Latino community, and provide health and social service resources. The Social Worker will assist families and individuals by providing support when they face hardships and will offer solutions based on their expertise. The Registered Nurse will coordinate and address gaps in care for multiple managed conditions and ensures that participants in the program are getting access to care. The Community Health Worker will be tasked with improving access to primary and preventive services.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Community Health Worker
Franciscan Health Foundation
The Community Health Worker (CHW) will act as a coordinator between access to Franciscan Health’s service line and community health improvement initiatives for residents inside Michigan City and La Porte County. The CHW would be a main administrator for the Food Presciption Program (FPP), a referral-based program by Franciscan Health providers or external physicians, which includes Michigan City residents and Franciscan Health employees that have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and are at risk for food insecurity.
Awarded Amount $74,999.52
Lakeview Church will give away away 1,000 school supply-filled backpacks at Beachway Bash to local economically-disadvantaged school children, give 1,000 families grocery bags/boxes filled with one week’s worth of groceries, as well as cook and serve food to 3,000 event attendees at its Beachway Bash event. It will print print fliers with food pantry information and give them to event attendees to raise awareness of the food pantry. In addition, Lakeview Church will give mental health care and drug abuse prevention materials to event attendees, refer attendees who self-identify to a drug education workshop or mental health. Books on managing stress and overcoming drug addiction will be provides to those event attendees who self-dentify as needing them.
Awarded Amount $41,694.80
Life Cycle- Elkhart County
Saving Grace Advocacy, Inc.
Saving Grace will provide refurbished bicycles, free of charge, to to individuals in need of safe and reliable transportation. The project will provide up to two volunteers to be trained in simple bike repair, should a participant need assistance upon receiving the bicycle. Overall, the project is intended to increase access to local social service entities addressing social determinants such as food, housing, employment, healthcare, and education.
Awarded Amount $17,716.93
Addressing Social Determinants Of Health Raphael Health Center
Raphael Health Center,Inc.
The project will provide Community Health Worker (CHW) assistance to access needs in combating systemic/structural barriers to Raphael Health Center’s patients. CHW services will include the following: screening, counseling, referrals, follow-up, and other services. This assistance is designed to establishing eligibility for and gaining access to federal, State, and local programs that provide medical, social, transportation, housing, educational, translation, and other related services.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Promotora de Salud in Jackson County
Su Casa Columbus, Inc.
Grant funds will provide for a Jackson County Community Health Worker (CHW) in charge of Youth Mental Health First Aid. The CHW will coordinate events offering free health screenings, referrals, and vaccines. Events will include Spark Spirit Week, Fiesta Latina, the Youth Empowerment Summit, as well as participation in Mental Health Awareness month activities. Funds will also assist with CHW training, office supplies, and equipment.
Awarded Amount $74,429.90
Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Behavioral Health in Perry County
Perry County Memorial Hospital
To address mental health, Perry County Memorial Hospital will hire a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW). The LCSW will primarily provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults through referrals. Appointments will vary in length as will the number of visits needed per patient, and the clinic where the LCSW will be based provides care to those who are insured, as well as to those uninsured or underinsured.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Improving Access and Acceptance of Vaccination Among Indiana’s Diverse Populations
Indiana Immunization Coalition
The project will involve contracting with a digital content specialist who designs social media messages that appeal to diverse populations and education levels. In addition, the project will ensure that underserved and under-immunized communities have access to vaccines–regardless of ability to pay–are offered all vaccines including for COVID-19. In addition, the project will also provide medical supplies, including syringes, disenfectant, syringe disposal, epipens, cotton balls, and alcohol to assist with vaccinations. Mileage reimbursement will be accorded to translators on staff as they travel among various sites to provide translation services for individuals seeking access to vaccines.
Awarded Amount $75,000
Growing Resilience in Trying Times (G.R.I.T.T) Program
Indiana Community Health Workers Association
GRITT is a program for healing population-wide psychological stress and trauma. The program allows participants to be a part of a group that will
meet in a series of sessions to learn and practice resilience-building skills/techniques. A GRITT Manager will schedule classes, facilitate student enrollment, and provide onboarding/training to community health workers to lead the program.
Awarded Amount $77,760.00
Community Downtown will use grant funds to offer services by a Hispanic individual who is credentialed to provide mental health counseling for individuals, couples, and families, offering culturally sensitive therapy.
Awarded Amount $40,266.00
Cure of Souls
Community Advocates of Northern Indiana
Community Advocates of Northern Indiana will provide fitness programming to improve mental health in churches as a component of the Cure of Souls program. The Cure of Souls will train leaders from 10 churches in Gary to become certified Pastoral Care Specialist (PCS). The five-month PCS program includes training on the history and structure of pastoral care and ethics, grief, trauma and loss, personal and professional transformation, clinical diagnosis, marriage and family interventions, gender psychology, the presence and resolution of evil in clinical practice, and more.
Awarded Amount $74,280.72
Multicultural Family Justice Services
Amani Family Services
To execute Amani’s Multicultural Family Justice Services strategy, grant funds will be used for Bilingual Outreach Assistant, who will Organize/ host/ participate in community events at locations designated as strategic by community partners, current/past clients, and members of the community advisory board. The project will also involve conducting bilingual short-term case management for local immigrants and refugees, including helping individuals apply for a funds to support rent, mortgage, utility expenses, and other essential needs, along with working with clients regularly to identify goals, connect clients to services.
Open Door Adolescent Health Center (ODAHC)
Open Door Community Alliance, Inc
ODAHC will provide 400 annual well child visits to those students at Michigan City High School who
are registered with the ODAHC each academic year. This will include Identifying health risks and provide medical appointments for education, intervention, follow-up, and/or referral by ODAHC’s Family Nurse Practitioner. ODAPHC will also provide assessment/Identification of medical and mental health risks and provide prevention education, intervention, individual counseling, and/or referral by social workers (MSW)/mental health providers.
Awarded Amount $74,280.72
Youth Health Summit
DJ Center for Youth, Inc.
The Youth Health Summit will focus on providing youth with opportunities to integrate new positive behaviors to make responsible lifestyle choices. The Summit will discuss and address the challenges of social injustice, racial socialization, youth domestic violence, and negative peer influences and how it impacts mental health. Activities to be Implemented include these: a Youth-Professional Panel accompanied by a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and/or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Discussion/Work Groups, Simulations, and Advocacy Toolkit ideas.
Awarded Amount $49,163.00
Café en el Parque
Southwest Dubois School Corporation
Southwest Dubois School Corporation will facilitate a monthly Café en el Parque (10 per school year). Community providers will attend each Cafe en el Parque and provide information in Spanish about their services. Cafe topics will be the following: substance use, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, domestic violence, systemic barriers, and mental health. The mental health topic will pertain largely to immigration.
Awarded Amount $6,800.00
The Move Forward: A New Hope
New Hope Services, Inc.
The project will utilize in-person panel discussions that will join both experts in their field and affected community members to have discussions about systems related to substance use disorder treatment and ways that these systems can be effective and equitable moving forward. In between panel discussions, podcast episodes will allow attendees to continue learning and imagining ways that they can use the platforms available to them to make changes that will be beneficial to those in the community who regularly experience issues in accessing services and support.
Awarded Amount $73,400.00
Tobacco Free Program
The Reid Health OB/GYN Tobacco Free Program will consist of one-on-one smoking cessation classes, along with follow-up visits wit perinatal navigators. The program will combine prenatal and postpartum smoking cessation counseling and biomarker feedback with monthly postpartum incentives.
Awarded Amount $61,276.00
Prenatal Home Visitation & Diaper Distribution
Healthier Moms & Babies
Healthier Moms & Babies will assist clients in navigating the healthcare system to receive free prenatal vitamins by coordinating prescription orders between providers and pharmacies. The organization applicant will utilize the “Simple Solutions” healthy lifetstyle curriculum to coach clients, the Baby Me Tobacco Free curriculum to encourage pregnant women to quit smoking, and the Partners for a Healthy Baby home visiting curriculum to focus on post-partum care, bonding, nutrition, and child development. In addition, Healthier Moms and Babies will offer a comprehensive maternal mental health program to improve access to maternal mental health.
Awarded Amount $124,719.00
Addressing Diaper Need in Allen County
The Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center
The project will provide diapers to mothers and fathers, offering a needed resource for infants. Diapers will be distributed at quarterly health fairs where other health and social service providers are available to offer resources to parents, as well as by appointment through the applicant’s diaper bank. Journey Birth and Wellness is a doula program that offers free evidence-based birth classes by the Shepherd’s Hand Community Outreach Center, and provides diapers to attendees at the end of class. Doulas are multicultural and provide support to pregnant and new mothers.
Awarded Amount $75,500.00
Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County (DBA Marion County Public Health Department)
Funding will be used to purchase 90,200 diapers and 3,000 pull-ups to support 1,400 families experiencing diaper need. This equates to 50 diapers per child between birth to age 5, with families receiving diaper supplied every 30 days. Diaper requests will be filled weekly, home visiting staff will deliver diapers directly to families, and self-referrals may pick up diapers.
Awarded Amount $31,057.00
Expanding BASE Doula Program to Decrease Infant and Maternal Mortality
Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.
Grant funding will enable the BASE Doula Program to recruit six participants to complete full-spectrum
doula training through Doula Trainings International (DTI). The target population of the BASE Doula Program includes Medicaid-eligible expectant mothers, with a specific focus on minority populations that face the highest risk of adverse birth outcomes. Grand funds will also provide for a part-time Doula Coordinator, education materials, community health worker training, First Aid/CPR training, client support materials, and supplies.
Awarded Amount $75,000.00
Elkhart County Health Department – Healthy Beginnings
“Grant funds will provide support throughout pregnancies in ways that meet thee needs (low-literacy, limited transportation, and more) of the population of focus, including applying for Medicaid, getting OB appointments, as well as providing education based on pregnancy stage with quality websites. The organization will utilize its social workers to provide a psychosocial assessment and Adverse Childhood Experiences score (ACEs). These assessments are used to determine other needs such as mental health, food security, transportation, and different conditions that may come to light during conversations or home visits. “
Awarded Amount $55,850.00
Wabash County Perinatal Tobacco Treatment
l85 Hope/Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition
The program will furnish birthing women access to the right education and support that ensures a safe and healthy pregnancy. There will be tobacco treatment counseling to help the women set a quit date and walk with them to reach that goal. To help with the process to quit tobacco, support from a doula and emotional support from a Bowen Center counselor will be provided. The program will utilize Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy
Treatment (SCRIPT) to provide education, support, and incentives for birthing women to quit smoking. In addition to the education and support provided through SCRIPT, doula, and the Bowen Center, participants will receive a case of diapers at each consultation.
Awarded Amount $38,940.00