photo of doctor holding a stethascope and title says HIP 2.0  Health Equity, Responsibility, and Community

Since 2015, several hundred thousand Hoosiers have gained health coverage through the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). This six-part series asks: How are HIP's values of personal responsibility, wellness, and empowerment working for members, providers, and our state? How can congregations, providers, and nonprofits improve HIP's operations through their values of community responsibility, neighborly outreach, social advocacy, and excellent care?



photo of david craigDavid Craig; Religious Studies, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI,



photo of amber comerAmber Comer; Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, IUPUI,







Investing in the Future of HIP

Presenters: State Senator John Ruckelshaus, Republican; State Representative Robin Shackleford, Democrat; and Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary, Family and Social Services Administration


Wednesday Nov. 20th 3:30-4:45 PM

Indiana State House, Room 233

This session will explore new investments in the Healthy Indiana Plan, through changes in the next Medicaid waiver, other program developments, community investments through congregations and nonprofit organizations, and possible legislative changes. Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will lead off with updates on coming changes and new developments in HIP. Then two elected representatives will share their perspectives on HIP and lessons learned from their constituents and their roles on key health committees. Rep. Robin Shackleford is the Ranking Minority Member of the Public Health Committee. Sen. John Ruckelshaus, Ranking Member of the Health and Provider Services Committee.

Optional Registration here.



Engaging HIP Members within Communities for a Healthy Indiana


Thursday September 19th 6:00-8:00 PM

Bradley Center, First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, 877 Udell Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

HIP members and congregational leaders will share the findings of a community-engaged study of people's experiences with HIP, health, and health care. Study was conducted by First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, Shepherd Community Center and IUPUI, and funded by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition.

Optional registration here.



End-of-Life Issues and HIP 2.0

Guest Speakers: Members of the Eskenazi Palliative Care Team


Thursday August 8th at 4:00 PM

Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Room TBD

Medical care is often predicated upon a patient’s ability to pay. This session will discuss the medical care options available to HIP 2.0 patients who are near the end-of-life or require extraordinary medical interventions. The ability to provide life-saving treatments and palliative/ hospice care depending on ability to pay is an ethical dilemma physicians and other health care providers face when caring for patients with HIP 2.0.  Optional registration here.



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Rev. Bobby Baker; Director of Faith and Community Partnerships, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


Wednesday May 8th 5:00-6:30 PM

Mount Zion Baptist Church; 3500 Graceland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Rev. Baker helped create and leads the Congregational Health Network at the center of the "Memphis model" of addressing health disparities and building healthy communities through the collaboration of 500 covenanted congregations with Methodist Le BonHeur Healthcare. He will share how engaged congregations can support health and wellness in their communities.

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Dr. Krista Brucker; Director, Project Point, Eskenazi Hospital and Dept. of Emergency Medicine, IU School of Medicine


Thursday March 21st 5:00-6:30 PM

North United Methodist Church; 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Project POINT has helped hundreds of Hoosiers with substance use disorder maintain HIP-Plus eligibility and connect to an array of treatment and social services supporting holistic health.  This session will discuss the challenges of health and health care access for this population and the role of recovery coaches, wrap-around services, and HIP as key supports.

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HIP: How Is It Working?

Natalie Angel; Director of HIP, Family and Social Services Administration


Thursday January 24th 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Shepherd Community Center; 4107 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN  46201

Four years into HIP’s expansion, the state director will discuss HIP’s operations and record and dialogue with insurance and advocacy leaders about successes and challenges.

Panelists: Carl Ellison, President and CEO, Indiana Minority Health Coalition Caitlin Finnegan Priest, Government Relations Director, CareSource Adam Mueller, Director of Advocacy, Indiana Legal Services, Inc. 

Free and open to the public, register/add to your calendar here.