Monroe County Health Department Receives $1.5 Million Funding Boost

Written from press release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — June 24, 2024

The Monroe County Health Department has received $1,577,271.01 in enhanced state funding to improve community health through the Health First Indiana (HFI) initiative, according to a press release from the MCHD. The Monroe County Commissioners opted into HFI last year, demonstrating their commitment to making the county a healthier place to live and work, said the MCHD. HFI, created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2023, provides funding to help counties implement evidence-based preventive programs and deliver core public health services.

Lori Kelley, Monroe County Health Department Administrator, stated, “The Monroe County Health Department is committed to improving the lives of those in Monroe County. This additional funding allows us to expand community partnerships, invest in building and sustaining a strong workforce, and enable university partnerships where we can focus on student development and building our future public health workforce.”

The department has distributed funds to several local partners to enhance core public health service delivery. IU Health Community Health received $222,200 for immunizations, tuberculosis case management, lead case management, infectious disease surveillance, and chronic disease management. An additional $65,000 was allocated for school liaison contract services to improve student health in Monroe County schools. Healthnet will receive $20,000 for prenatal care to address maternal and infant mortality in the county.

Trauma and injury prevention is another key focus area. The City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation submitted a partnership proposal for $3,520 to cover costs for 70 youth to participate in the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program during the summer of 2024, with potential expansion throughout the year. Limelight Recovery, LLC, was awarded $5,000 to support in-person therapy for substance use disorder.

The department continues to provide outreach and health education to community members. New funding and County Council approval have allowed for the creation of a new position within the health department to expand services for chronic disease prevention, navigation services, substance use and mental health referrals, maternal and infant health, vaping cessation, and education. The department has also purchased radon test kits, hygiene supplies, blood pressure monitors, and glucose monitors for community distribution. Additionally, they are supporting food and nutrition initiatives through the establishment of free nutrition classes and meal kits for families.

For more information on the Monroe County Health Department and the services offered, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

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