Indiana University Health has been invited to the nation’s capital to take part in an invitation-only symposium geared at improving health outcomes through creative community- and faith-based partnerships.
The event, sponsored by the White House Office and Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based Initiatives, will feature leaders from roughly 20 health care groups across the nation learning about how to work together to expand partnerships to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities across the country.
Event organizers hope by engaging faith and community leaders in collaborative partnerships, health providers can not only expand health care access but also monitor what best practices are working in local communities and lower costs.
As part of the invitation, IU Health President and CEO Daniel F. Evans Jr. will be accompanied by representatives from some of the health system’s community partners. Leaders from Green B.E.A.N. Delivery, who manages IU Health’s Garden on the Go mobile produce truck that visits low-income Indianapolis neighborhoods, which began in May; Indy Parks, which is helping launch a joint eight-acre organic urban farm on Indianapolis’ Eastside; and HealthNet will also join Evans.
Indy Parks’ farm, Indy Urban Acres, 7700 E. 21st St. will be unveiled to the public on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.