Borders supports bill establishing $50 million grant program to improve Hoosier health
The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of legislation that would establish a new $50 million grant program targeting the state's most critical health challenges, according to State Rep. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville.
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.
"Past attempts at improving some of our worst health problems by using targeted grant programs have shown success," Borders said. "We can continue that progress by supporting those who are already working on solutions or have ideas on how to help."
Borders, who voted in support of the legislation, 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 now moves to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more about House Bill 1007 and watch legislative proceedings online, visit iga.in.gov.