Hospitals Discuss Collaborative Efforts at Alliance Town Halls in Northern Indiana
May 9, 2018
Hospitals Discuss Collaborative Efforts at Alliance Town Halls in Northern Indiana

​​Building on the April 13 State of Our Health Summit in Indianapolis, the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana’s 17-stop State of Our Health Road Show engaged more than 200 health, business, and community leaders during stops in East Chicago,  Gary, and South Bend last week. Each town hall meeting focused on the fight to improve Indiana’s poor health rankings, particularly in the areas of tobacco use, opioid abuse, obesity, and infant mortality.​​

Leaders from a number of IHA-member hospitals discussed how they are working with their communities and collaborating with other organizations to improve Hoosier health. In East Chicago, Michael Meska, administrative director for respiratory therapy with Franciscan Alliance, highlighted the work of two local tobacco coalitions and partnerships across hospital and school systems to combat both adult and youth tobacco use. At the Gary town hall, Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Raymond Grady told other health care leaders in the audience, "We may compete for market share, but when it comes to improving health, it will take a committed and concerted effort." At the South Bend town hall, Kreg Gruber, CEO of Beacon Health System and IHA chairman, noted the importance of investing more in health education for kids, and Saint Joseph Health System Tobacco Education Coordinator Latorya Greene highlighted the need for persistence and discussed how the city's smoke-free law was six years in the making.

The mayors of all three cities issued proclamations in support of the events, calling for expanded public health spending and strong partnerships for health. Click to read the full recaps for East Chicago, Gary, South Bend, and all the May town halls. Thank you to Beacon Health System, Franciscan Alliance, and Saint Joseph Health System for their generous support of last week's town halls. The events would not have been such a success without their help. Sponsorships and speaking opportunities are still available for the 13 remaining town halls. If you or your hospital are interested in either opportunity, please email​

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