Northwest IPA Regional Forum | Growing Healthy Communities

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 -
10:00am to 3:00pm CDT
Valparaiso, Indiana
Porter County Community Foundation, Lake/Harvest Room, 1401 Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Members: $65.00
Non-Members: $95.00
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Presented by Goelzer Investment Management, IU Health, and Ivy Tech Foundation

Your zip code should not determine how well you live or your future success.  

Every community in Indiana has the potential to thrive. Learn cross-sector strategies to improve trends in education, workforce development, place-making, and general well-being by registering for the IPA Regional Forums on Growing Healthy Communities.

IPA’s five regional forums connect local leaders in locations across Indiana. Facilitated by Health by Design, participants will learn socioeconomic factors affecting their communities and explore cross-sector opportunities to improve outcomes.

Each forum addresses the fact that where we live is far more influential than our genetic code in determining how long and how well we live. Field experts and local service providers will explore the social determinants of health (education, income, social support) and policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. Attendees will learn about regional initiatives centered on workforce development, nutrition, and substance abuse prevention. An action planning workshop will help funders consider ways to shift their thinking, program activities, and investments proactively to support healthy and thriving communities with lasting impact.

Cost/Who Can Attend

  • $65 for IPA members and their guests
  • $95 for non-member grantmakers and philanthropic decision-makers

Register by May 31

Registration closes May 31, 2019. To request a registration after this deadline, contact Jill Gordon at 317-630-5200 Ext. 116.

IPA Members Bringing a Team

IPA members may bring guests outside their organization who they engage on community issues relevant to this program. Each guest will be charged at the member rate of $65. Please complete this form for each guest, and contact Jill Gordon at 317-630-5200 Ext. 116 if you have questions. You may pay over the phone or request an invoice.

Guests may include board members, grantees, Stellar Community teams, locally elected officials, economic development staff, United Way affiliates, hospital or health foundations, school administrators, chambers of commerce, leadership academy teams, corporate partners, and others your foundation works with on community issues.

Agenda & Speakers

Topic Speaker(s)
Overview on Social Determinants of Health and Upstream Funding Kim Irwin, Executive Director, Health By Design
Funders Role in Supporting Health and Human Service Rachel Lane, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Business Transformation, Office of Social Determinants of Health, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)
Panel on Regional Initiatives Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Education and Workforce Development: Kathy Neary, Workforce Alignment Consultant, Ivy Tech Community College Valparaiso

Healthy Food Access: Erin Sherrow-Hayse, Lake County Wellness Coordinator, Purdue Extension

United Against Opioid Abuse: Kim Olesker, President and CEO, United Way of Porter County

Panel on Regional Collaborations and Partnerships

Collaborations on Education, Healthy Living, and Stellar Communities: Linda Yoder, Executive Director, Marshall County Community Foundation

Mishawaka Community Educational Greenhouse: Jacob Crawford, Landscape Manager Urban Forester, Mishawaka Parks and Recreation

Mishawaka Fitness Court: Phil Blasko, Parks Superintendent, Mishawaka Parks and Recreation

Action Planning Workshop Kim Irwin, Executive Director, Health By Design


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Select a location below to register. Each event takes place from 10 AM to 3 PM local time.

June 5 | Northwest Region
Porter County Community Foundation, Valparaiso

June 6 | Northeast Region
Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne

June 11 | Central Region
Conner Prairie, Fishers

June 12 | Southeast Region
Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg

June 13 | Southwest Region
Huntingburg Event Center, Huntingburg

Getting Social at #IPAforum19

Use our hashtag #IPAforum19 on social media to share stories of your time spent at the Regional Forums, to mention local issues, and to share insights and solutions.

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