Pressel: New law aims to improve Hoosiers’ overall health

 

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Legislation establishing a state health improvement plan and a $50 million grant program targeting Hoosiers’ most critical health challenges is now law, according to State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie.

Under the new law, the Indiana Department of Health and the Family and Social Services Administration will prepare a plan on how to best improve the physical and behavioral health of Hoosiers. Pressel said the grant program will help improve Indiana’s declining public health by allocating $50 million over two years to initiatives addressing health disparities.

“Investing in the health and well-being of Hoosiers is a priority,” Pressel said. “This new law will help support programs that focus on getting Hoosiers to have a more active, healthier lifestyle.”

Pressel said the grant program will give preference to proposals focused on improving chronic health problems such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Grants could be used for both new and existing programs and initiatives.

The grant program will be modeled after Indiana’s successful Safety PIN program, which helped 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 Enrolled Act 1007 will take effect July 1.

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