Community Outreach

Improving the health of our communities

The Indiana University School of Nursing is committed to finding innovative ways to advance the health of the communities it serves. Whether you’re a faculty member or a student, you’ll have opportunities to lead or participate in health promotion projects that are building healthier communities in south central Indiana.

300+children participated in the pilot program

21%increase in students who reported eating breakfast daily

26%decrease in students who reported watching “a lot” of TV

Dr. Anita Aldrich Community Health Promotion Project

The Dr. Anita Aldrich Community Health Promotion Project is an interdisciplinary effort to identify the health care needs of the residents of south central Indiana and improve the region’s health care services. Funded by a gift from IU School of Nursing Professor Emerita Anita Aldrich, the project is a collaboration among IU’s health sciences schools, IU Health, local public health departments, and community health organizations.

  • Project overview

    In the first phase of the Aldrich Project, the School of Nursing led a comprehensive health assessment of Brown, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen counties. The results of the assessment helped the project team identify community priorities for evidence-based interventions and opportunities for interprofessional health education and practice.

    Based on the results of the assessment, a pilot project was implemented at Paragon Elementary School in fall 2016. “Say It Straight” is a communications assertiveness program that teaches elementary school children healthy ways to communicate with others. Six IU nursing students were trained to teach the curriculum, which they delivered during after-school programs.

    Plans are in place to bring the “Say It Straight” curriculum to other schools in Morgan County in spring 2017, with the hope of expanding to Monroe County schools in fall 2017 and spring 2018.

  • Advisory group
    • Matthew Clay, Centerstone
    • Derrick Garletts, IU School of Nursing
    • Lisa Greathouse, IU Health Bloomington
    • William Hetrick, IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
    • Joyce Splann Krothe, IU School of Nursing
    • Carrie Ann Lawrence, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
    • Alex Purcell, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
    • Carlene Quinn, IU School of Social Work
    • Catherine M. Sherwood-Laughlin, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
    • Carol Weiss-Kennedy, IU Health Bloomington
    • Ke Anne Zhang, IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences