Our Initiatives and Health Priorities
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.
On behalf of the Indiana Department of Health, CANI offered Operation Engage, Education and Register (OEER), a door-to-door campaign, serving as the critical link between stakeholders from private industry, faith community, healthcare providers, and the community. The objective is to address COVID-19 hesitancy and 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our young adult internship program employs young adults from Lake and Porter counties with the opportunity to work with CANI in various departments.
The Beloved Community Coalition uses Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy on Beloved Communities to work towards making Lake County a place free from hate, hunger, and poverty.
The Cure of Souls Program trains church leaders to become certified pastoral care specialists (PCS)
Theology + Psychology + Pastoral Care + Local Mental Health Providers = Cure of Souls Church
This five month intensive further equips ministerial caregivers, giving them a stronger ability to respond towards human crisis..