Healthy Communities

The Healthy Communities Initiative began in 1994 with the goal of improving the health and quality of life of all residents of Bartholomew County. A collaborative effort from its inception, Healthy Communities has grown to reflect the entire spectrum of the community involving Columbus Regional Hospital, schools, businesses, local government, churches, and others working together to address identified health needs. Healthy Communities Initiative is proud to be a two-time national finalist for the Foster G. McGaw Prize, one of the healthcare field's most prestigious honors for excellence in community service.

In 2010 Healthy Communities received a federal grant from the United State Health and Human Services to focus of reducing the obestity epidemic within Bartholomew Coutny. At the conclusion of that grant, we changed our name to Reach Healthy communities to sustain the work of the grant and to include the existing focus of prevention.

 Financial support for Reach Healthy Communities is made possible through generous gifts of individuals, businesses, churches, and donations to Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation.


Guiding Principles

    • Collaboration
    • Community Ownership
    • Inclusive/ Broad Based
    • Benchmark & Measure Outcomes
    • Long Term Commitment
    • Continuous Learning
    • Positive Motivation

Action Teams

The Healthy Communities Initiative is working to make a difference in the health of Bartholomew County through the work of our action teams. The driving force behind these groups is a commitment to a vision of Bartholomew County as a healthy community where each member is valued and shares in the responsibility of making a difference.



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Healthy Communities Council

The Healthy Communities Council is the governing body of the Initiative, and consists of the following members: