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About the Program

Indiana Healthy Opportunities for People Everywhere (I-HOPE) is a two-year initiative in which Purdue University will collaborate with almost 100 statewide partners to help tackle the obstacles that prevent people from living healthy lives. PHA and the Indiana Department of Health are leading the effort to ensure that all Hoosiers have access to the resources needed to achieve better health. I-HOPE aims to reduce systemic health and social inequities, with specific emphasis on the health disparities experienced by ethnic and minority groups and rural communities.

In collaboration with dozens of I-HOPE partners including Purdue's Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue Extension, the College of Health and Human Sciences, and the Purdue-affiliated Connections IN Health, PHA will administer the initiative’s engagement and communication efforts in counties considered most vulnerable to pandemics based on national rankings for chronic disease, vaccination rates, substance use disorder, and other factors that lead to increased mortality rates. With priority going to areas of the state ranked highest for vulnerability to a pandemic outbreak or natural disaster, Purdue initially will engage five counties followed by an additional 25 counties in 2022. The initiative runs from June of 2021 to July of 2023.

Field Implementation Teams

Field implementation teams of project managers, health equity analysts, and process improvement experts from PHA (shown below) alongside county-based extension educators will reach out to critical stakeholders to inform community-level public health strategies, execute community-selected improvement projects, and support these projects with linguistically and culturally appropriate communications campaigns.

The goal of these teams is to amplify community health priorities such as chronic disease and other health risks, and find innovative ways to connect people with the support they need to get healthy and stay healthy. 

Region Map

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I-HOPE Core Team

Holly Wood, I-HOPE Program Director

Natalie Stewart, Project Management

Caitlin Smith, Senior Communications & Marketing Specialist

Evan Perrault, Associate Professor of Health Communication, I-HOPE Communications Campaigns

Sherry Towers and Vicki Simpson, Evaluation

Central Region Field Team

Northeast Region Field Team

Northwest Region Field Team

West Region Field Team

South Region Field Team


Holly Wood

I-HOPE Program Director



I-HOPE is funded by a $34.8M grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Indiana Department of Health as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, to address COVID-19 health disparities among populations at high-risk and underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the CDC, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit


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