Our Initiatives and Health Priorities

EAT HEALTHY,

BE ACTIVE

Evidence-based fitness and nutrition workshops consisting of 5-sessions aimed at teaching health behaviors. These fun and motivational programs are designed to fight obesity by teaching participants to find the love of fitness, while learning about healthy eating and wellness choices.

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OPERATION ENGAGE, EDUCATE, REGISTER

Operation Engage, Education and Register (OEER), a campaign, serving as the critical link between stakeholders from private industry, faith community, healthcare providers, and the community.  The objective  is to increase vaccination uptake.  Calls to action include dissemination of vaccination informational materials, registration for vaccination appointments, scheduled transportation to the clinic, onsite vaccinations, and community conversations to address myths and  frequently asked questions about covid-19 vaccinations.

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Cigarettes

TOBACCO

CESSATION

CANI is working towards tobacco free environments throughout Northwest Indiana. In 2018, about 1 in 5 hoosier adults were current smokers. One of CANI's priorities is to educate the community on the dangers of tobacco use, from cigarettes to vaping. We hope through education, advocacy, and support CANI can be a part of the steps towards tobacco cessation!

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LUV MOM

PROJECT

CANI collaborates hand in hand to provide doula support for expecting moms. Doulas are trained and experienced professionals that provide continuous emotional support, physical comfort, and assistance before, after, and during birth. The Luv Mom Project operates with the goal of lowering infant mortality rates and connecting expectant moms with the resources needed.

COMMUNITY

CONVERSATIONS

Advocacy events constructed for problem-solving dialogues that bring diverse stake holders together to 

discuss an important public issue.  These meetings normally include legislators and community leaders that use the conversation as an opportunity to provide a broad cross section of a community in productive, action-oriented deliberation.

HEALTHY MOMS,

HEALTHY BABIES

We host Community Baby Showers and various Health Presentation Workshops addressing maternal and infant mortality in order to teach expectant parents how to have a healthy baby and lead a healthy lifestyle during and after pregnancy.

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FIT

KIDS

The Fit Kids Initiative works with local school systems to get ahead of obesity at a young age and get kids exercising and knowledgable about healthy eating, excersize, and lifestyle.

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TOO GOOD

FOR DRUGS

Working directly with local school systems, the Too Good for Drugs initiative highlights the dangers of drug use and uses educational tools to discourage drug use in youth.

COMMUNITY BASED

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Because racial minorities can have higher incidence of disease, we collaborate with academic institutions in community based participatory research projects to ensure the inclusion of persons of color to understand the factors that contribute to health disparities.

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SUMMER

YOUTH PROGRAM

Our summer youth program aims to give students from Lake and Porter counties opportunities to work with CANI in various departments.

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