In the pillar of Our People, Forward Wayne County is focused on Health and Wellness. Health and Wellness encompasses many different dimensions, including Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Improved Access to Care, and Enhanced Wellness. Focusing on Health and Wellness provides an opportunity for Wayne County to strive and thrive. A wide range of factors influence how long and how well individuals live, including education, food access, housing quality, and neighborhood safety. In many rural areas, similar to Wayne County, many health disparities exist that leads to gaps in health and limits upward economic mobility. By focusing on increasing access to mental health substance abuse treatment and access to quality care as well as enhancing wellness initiatives Forward Wayne County will be able to address Wayne County’s status as one of the least healthy counties in the State of Indiana.