I-HOPE will address barriers to care that exist for people living in rural areas, minorities, and people from different cultures and backgrounds. From healthcare associations, coalitions and state agencies to faith-based organizations and universities, I-HOPE partners are collaborating to improve multiple conditions that affect health such as nutrition, affordable housing, transportation, childcare issues, and safe and secure employment.
Over the next two years, the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University and its I-HOPE collaborators will engage with 30 Indiana counties, boosting local strengths and building more inclusive networks to connect people to needed health services. Health equity analysts are charged with identifying and including all voices in community-level, strategic planning.
I-HOPE partners are currently building datasets along with its partners that assist communities in creating goals that are in alignment with Healthy People 2030 priorities. Initiatives fall under 4 categories: food security/access, healthcare access and quality, social and community context and neighborhoods/build environment. Additionally, I-HOPE highlights 30 counties with high social vulnerability index that are eligible to “engage I-HOPE to advance a local health priority of their choosing.”
Benefit to grantee: I-HOPE is not a funder of organizations, however I-HOPE does have the capability to give strategic scoping assistance and identify valuable community partnerships.
Benefit to applicant: I-HOPE’s health equity analysts identify the voices of the community and bring them together to effectively collaborate and work to reduce disparities in marginalized communities while working towards common public health goals.
Benefit to community: For organizations and community members in priority counties with high social vulnerability index ratings, I-HOPE can act as a source of support. These counties are eligible to “engage I-HOPE to advance a local health priority of their choosing.”