Dubois County Re-Designated as Healthy Community

By: Corbin Lingenfelter, News Director

Dubois County- The state of Indiana has once again recognized Dubois County’s health.

At Monday’s Coffee and Conversation with Mayor Vonderheide, Deidra Church, the Director of the Memorial Hospital Foundation, announced Dubois County was once again designated as a “Healthy Community” by the state. The community was originally designated in 2018 and had to reapply this year.

Some of the factors that are looked at when designating healthy communities are outdoor recreation, access to mental health service, and others.

“The application process is very thorough.” Said Church.

Even with the designation, community leaders are still working towards more ways to improve the counties health.

“The work doesn’t stop there,” shared Church, “Part of the initiative is we put together a plan of things over the next few years of some things we’re going to work on.”

According to Church, the things in that plan include reestablishing the Dubois County health partnership as a county wide health coalition, pilot and develop a food as medicine initiative to address nutrition, and building relationships with the Latino population in the county.