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Indiana State Department of Health

Office of Minority Health > Initiatives > EMPOWERED Program EMPOWERED Program

Enhancing Minority Partnership Opportunities; Working to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities

The name of our State Partnership Grant Program is called EMPOWERED (Enhancing Minority Partnership Opportunities; Working to Eliminate Disparities). Previous State Partnership grants (total of eight years) provided an opportunity for OMH within ISDH to provide programs to meet Department of Health and Human Services objectives. In addition to the existing health professions enrichment program, for the 2013 – 2015 State Partnership Grant, the EMPOWERED program will include a peer education program in an effort to increase knowledge about the importance of healthy preconception and interconception behaviors for adolescents and young women. Infant mortality is one of the major health indicators of the U.S. population and a top priority in Indiana. Another issue to be addressed through efforts of the EMPOWERED grant relate to adult obesity. Through the EMPOWERED grant, OMH will also provide an online knowledge-based intervention activity focusing on the improvement of personal health behaviors in an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle for obese adults within the state of Indiana.