The purpose of the IHW grant is to provide workplaces with funding and technical assistance for health focused activities and programs that benefit the wellness of employees and their families. The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) prioritizes health equity* in our funding for initiatives in all settings. Therefore, workplaces that reside in, or serve communities that rank high (.5 and above) on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, will be prioritized for funding.
*The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation defines health equity as "… everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care."
Funded requests should demonstrate the ability to promote wellness in the workplace through healthy lifestyle choices, increased physical activity, improved breastfeeding strategies, and/or reduced stress. This grant will fund initiatives from October 1st, 2021 through September 30th, 2022. The DNPA aims to support sustainable projects that will last beyond the life of the grant funding. We will not fund chair massages, equipment without any effort of lifestyle-change strategies, one-time events, treadmill desks, food, or retreats.
We encourage all workplaces to apply! However, funding priority* will be given to workplaces in communities that rank high (.5 and above) in the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, which considers socioeconomic status, household composition and disability, minority status and language, and housing type and transportation.
To see where your workplace/community falls in this index, please visit: https://svi.cdc.gov/map.html
*Please note, this does not mean only workplaces in these communities will be funded.
Special consideration will also be given to workplaces that will prioritize health equity in their proposed program.
By submitting this application, you agree to:
Below are some ideas that workplaces could focus on. You are not limited to these options.
Healthy meeting guidelines
Healthy meeting guidelines encourage the workplace to consider offering healthy alternatives at conferences/events and meetings to support efforts to eat well.
Break room change-up
If you create space and provide appliances that enable employees to bring their own food, they will make healthier choices.
Partnering with local farmers to provide a Farmers Market in the workplace.
Starting a garden at the workplace for employees and families to utilize.
Physical activity guidelines
Similar to the healthy meeting guidelines listed above, physical activity guidelines can be incorporated in the same document and show support for increasing employees’ daily movement. These guidelines can allow employees to wear comfortable shoes during the work day, stand during meetings, walk during breaks, etc.
Physical activity stations
Making physical activity easy to access at work will encourage your employees to incorporate more movement into their day. Your employees might not be able to belong to a health club or fitness center due to proximity or funds, so this can be a helpful resource.
Encouraging employees to ride their bikes (or walk) to work helps add daily fitness time to their schedules. By providing bike racks, bike rooms, shower stations and/or a changing room, employees feel more comfortable commuting to work.
According to state law your business must provide a room (not a restroom) that nursing mothers can use to pump breast milk. Making this a comfortable space for working mothers is important.
Chronic Disease Prevention
No smoking signage
Business can prohibit smoking within a certain perimeter. Creating/ordering signage can help enforce these rules and discourage smoking during the workday.
Consider partnering with a local National Diabetes Prevention Program provider to hold a diabetes prevention program at your company. Refer to the state’s website: www.preventdiabetes.isdh.in.gov to find a complete listing of programs along with contact information.
Social and Emotional Supports
Small changes to decrease stress (breathing techniques, organization strategies, reflective journaling, etc.) can have a big impact on employee productivity and well-being.
Incorporating walking/biking/hiking clubs or sports leagues to keep employees active and engaged with each other.
Development of mindfulness practices to educate and encourage employees on moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, emotions, sensations and surrounding environments.
To read the full requirements and fill out the proposal sheet, download the document below:
Submit your proposal by 5 pm on July 2nd, 2021 to Kelsey Barrick at KBarrick@isdh.in.gov