Health and Wellness

Why is the health and wellness of Wayne County’s residents so important to our future success?

Not only is Wayne County one of the least healthy counties in Indiana but we also have the lowest median household income in our area.

What’s the relationship between health and income?

It means the difference between a thriving community and preventable diseases and conditions that act as a barrier to upward economic mobility.

Lower wages and income often result in poor health as individuals cannot afford healthcare nor will they seek out medical attention.

In the Our People pillar, Forward Wayne County is focused on activities to improve Wayne County’s community health – including how long and how well our citizens live.

HealthandWellness QuickFacts


Wayne County is one of the least healthy counties in the State of Indiana. It’s true.

What are the top health challenges for Wayne County residents?

Reid Health released its most recent Community Health Needs Assessment and revealed a list of top concerns for East Central Indiana:

  • Access to Health Services
  • Cancer
  • Children’s Health
  • Diabetes
  • Economy
  • Exercise, Nutrition & Weight
  • Heart Disease & Stroke
  • Low Income & Underserved
  • Mental Health & Mental Disorders
  • Older Adults & Aging
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transportation
How is Forward Wayne County helping to improve the health and wellness of our community?

Forward Wayne County will support programs that seek to address Wayne County community health concerns and will work closely with community partners dedicating to improving the health and wellness for all. In addition to health concerns, we’re also tracking other indicators of success in Wayne County on Our Impact page.

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