Aligning Efforts with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Morgan County, IN – The Kendrick Foundation exists to financially support initiatives that improve the health of Morgan County residents. According to the 2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), Morgan County ranks 45th out of 92 counties in the state of Indiana for health outcomes and 43rd for health factors.

“The Rankings show us the many factors that impact how long and well we live and help us understand how we compare to other counties in the state,” said Eric Wymer, MD, Kendrick Foundation Board President. “With this knowledge, we can continue to take steps to improve the health of our residents.”

Data contributing to these rankings for Morgan County (in part) include:

Health outcomes
o 19% of adults report poor or fair health
o 4.8 poor mental health days reported on average out of last 30 days
o 4.1 poor physical health days reported on average out of last 30 days

Health factors
o 25% of adults smoke
o 30% of driving deaths involve alcohol
o 38% of adults are obese
o 28% of adults are physically inactive

Additionally, 16% report frequent mental distress and 13% report frequent physical distress. Many Morgan County residents also lack adequate access to mental health providers and primary care physicians.

“Consistent with our vision of serving as the premier catalyst for identifying and promoting the healthcare needs of Morgan County, using these and other data, the Kendrick Foundation is seeking to partner with strong community organizations to address mental health, substance abuse, and physical activity and nutrition,” added Dr. Wymer.
The Kendrick Foundation is looking to fund projects and initiatives addressing its focus areas through the implementation of scientifically supported and some evidence strategies as outlined in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps What Works for Health, a database of more than 400 evidence-informed strategies to support local changemakers as they take steps toward expanding health opportunities. Each strategy is rated for its evidence of effectiveness and likely impact on health disparities.

“Aligning our grantmaking with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a wise investment in the health of our community,” said Keylee Wright, MA, Kendrick Foundation Executive Director. “The Rankings give us information we can use to work together to take action to implement program and policy changes that improve health for all in Morgan County.”

The letter of intent for the Kendrick Foundation 2021-22 competitive grant cycle is open. Please go to https://kendrickfoundation.org/grants/ for more information.

The Kendrick Foundation eliminated its 2020-21 competitive grant cycle and awarded over $700,000 to eight grantee organizations to help address the health needs of Morgan County residents through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Formed from the proceeds of the sale of the Kendrick Memorial Hospital in 2001, the mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents. To learn more about how the Kendrick Foundation is leading health initiatives for Morgan County, please visit https://kendrickfoundation.org/.

Released every year by the UWPHI, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. An easy-to-use snapshot, the Rankings compare the health of all counties within states and call attention to the differences in opportunity to live long and well from one county to the next. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.