American Rescue Plan Delivers $35 Million to Improve Hoosiers’ Health Care


Lakeshore Public Media: “The Health Issues and Challenges program was created by the Indiana General Assembly with federal funding from the American Rescue Plan.”

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today celebrated how President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan is delivering (again) for Hoosiers across Indiana. This time, the Rescue Plan provided the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) about $35 million to fund programs for cardiovascular health, diabetes, food insecurity, lead prevention, and much more – all initiatives that will create a better future for voters in all 92 counties. This investment will help fix the F-rated quality of life created under the Indiana Republican Party’s 18-year control of the state government – and it’s Democrats who are correcting this partisan mess. 

Here’s a summary of the $35 million investment provided by the IDOH

  • $850,000 to address asthma;
  • More than $980,000 to address cancer prevention;
  • Nearly $2.7 million for cardiovascular health and diabetes;
  • $5.6 million for community health workers;
  • More than $4 million for community paramedicine;
  • More than $6.5 million to address hepatitis C;
  • Nearly $790,000 for tobacco prevention;
  • More than $4.2 million for lead prevention; and
  • Nearly $9.4 million to address food insecurity and obesity issues.

In contrast, the Indiana Republican Party said “NO” to this brighter future. Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer called this project “socialism” – claiming the Republicans’ opposition to health care investments was a “great campaign to run on”. The Indiana GOP’s extreme opposition to the kitchen-table issues is another reminder they have no plan for Indiana’s future – just abiding by national partisanship. 

Here’s a look at how the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver for the Hoosier State:

Lakeshore Public Media: Local agencies among recipients of Health Issues and Challenges grant

Organizations serving Northwest Indiana are getting a funding boost, to help them improve residents’ health outcomes. 

Locally, the Franciscan Health Foundation received funds for programs in Lake County addressing cardiovascular health, diabetes, food insecurity and obesity, and tobacco prevention and cessation. CareStar of Indiana, HealthLinc and NorthShore Health Centers got funding for community health workers programs.

The Gary and Porter County health departments were awarded funding for programs to address elevated blood lead levels. The Multi-Cultural Wellness Network received funding for asthma programs, and Purdue Northwest got money for cardiovascular health programs in Lake County.

The Health Issues and Challenges program was created by the Indiana General Assembly with federal funding from the American Rescue Plan.


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