Indianapolis Urban League

Health & Wellness

The Indianapolis Urban League’s Health and Wellness Department works to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities through health education programs services, and referrals. The IUL engages in systems change initiatives throughout the city to improve access to affordable health care and healthy food. The Indianapolis Urban League’s Health and Wellness programming is responsive to the needs of the community and serves participants from elementary school through adults. Current Health and Wellness programs include: Family Food & Fitness, I Need You to Listen Hear and Understand Me (INYLHUM), and Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (TPC).

FAMILY FOOD & FITNESS

Most American children and adults do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. People with healthy eating patterns and who get regular physical activities live longer and are at lower risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.  A healthy eating pattern and physical activity can help manage existing chronic conditions.

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Family Food & Fitness program seeks to help families make healthier food choices and choose physically active lifestyles. This program encourages the use of fresh fruits and vegetables through education sessions and cooking demonstrations that provide the tools, support, and information necessary to improve health and lower the risk for chronic disease. The Family Food & Fitness program also helps to improve access to healthy food through partnerships with health care systems, farmers, and other community organizations. For more information about the Family Food & Fitness program, contact Janet Kamiri, Director of Health and Wellness, jkamiri@indplsul.org.

I NEED YOU TO LISTEN, HEAR, AND UNDERSTAND ME (INYLHUM)

The INYLHUM program is a multi-session interactive educational experience that empowers individuals and promotes mental, social, and physical wellness. Each session is a tool for continued development that reaches each group and individual uniquely.  Historically, the INYLHUM program focused on the role of sexual health choices in HIV/STI prevention and impact of bullying both in a broad sense and specifically as it relates to sexual health. The updated INYLHUM program builds on the strong foundation of the original program and uses a whole person approach to wellness and builds knowledge and skills to assist individuals in growing into the best version of themselves. The INYLHUM program focuses on self-empowerment and healthy relationships through sessions on:

  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Engagement
  • Bullying Prevention

While once focused on high school youth, INYLHUM programming is now provided to individuals of all ages as stand-alone programming or in partnership with other community partners. We believe building strong relationships is the first step in the direction towards a healthy lifestyle.  For more information about INYLHUM, contact Janet Kamiri, Director of Health and Wellness, jkamiri@indplsul.org.

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TOBACCO PREVENTION AND CESSATION

Smoking is the leading cause of death in the African American Community and contributes to higher rates of lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. There are many factors that contribute to the higher burden of tobacco related disease or death in the African American community such as the intentional targeting of African American’s by tobacco companies in their marketing strategies, the high rates of use of menthol flavored tobacco products and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Indianapolis Urban League’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program efforts work to reduce the prevalence of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke in Marion County through advocacy and education. Educational programming is available to schools, community groups, health care providers, employers, churches, and multi-family housing properties. The Indianapolis Urban League is an active member of Smoke Free Indy and the African American Coalition against Tobacco and supports state and national initiatives such as No Menthol Sunday. For more information or to schedule an educational presentation, contact Brittany Madison, Tobacco Program Coordinator, bmadison@indplsul.org.

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The Indianapolis Urban League is committed to improving public health throughout Indianapolis by providing community members with the tools to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. In conjunction with our partners, we are committed to providing the best possible services and programs. Our goal is to help participants achieve vitality and elevated health through health education, wellness programs, healthy food access, and supportive services.

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Types of Mental Health Providers:

  • Psychiatrist -Medical doctor trained and specializing in psychiatry. Black Psychiatrists of America
  • Psychologists – Doctoral level provider.  Indiana Association of Black Psychologist and the Association of Black Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers – Masters level providers licensed by state as clinical provider of social and mental health services
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor – Licensed providers of addiction treatment
  • Psychiatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Nurse trained in mental health and licensed to prescribe and treat mental health conditions.
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor -Masters level providers licensed by state as provider of mental health services
  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist – Masters level providers licensed by state as providers of mental health services

Public Providers of Mental Health Services in Marion and Contiguous Counties. Community Mental Health Centers provide comprehensive mental health services and are supported by public funds, private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

  • Adult and Child -317-882-5122 – Serving South and Southeast, Johnson County
  • Aspire – 317-587-0500 – North Marion County, Hamilton County, Madison County
  • Community Health Network (Gallahue) – 317-621-7600 – Northeast, East , Hancock County
  • Cummins – 317-272-3330 – Avon, Hendricks County, and Marion County
  • Eskenazi Health (Midtown) – 317-941-5003 – Marion County
  • Hamilton Center – 317-937-3700 – Marion County

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