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Price earns Kids First Award

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Carol Price, the former executive director of Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition, was presented the 2018 Governor Frank O’Bannon Memorial Kids First Award at the Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Annual Meeting and Awards Program on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel.

“I was very pleased. I was very surprised,” Price said. “We work with a lot of people, and everyone who does these kinds of things could be awarded because it is definitely a group effort.

“Healthy Communities is doing a great job and growing every year,” she added. “(Director) Lorra (Archibald) has been hiring great staff, and the staff is committed to the prevention of illness and injuries. They are helping people prevent illnesses.”

According to a press release sent by CKF-IN, “Carol Price has shown leadership and commitment to improving the health of Hoosiers in Clinton County. She built the Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition to help decrease the risk factors that lead to chronic disease. This grassroots coalition now includes more than 50 organizations working together to make the healthy choice the easy choice in their community.”

Price served as the executive director of Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition from its beginning until retiring in 2017. Before she retired, Carol was instrumental in bringing Covering Kids & Families to Healthy Communities, fulfilling a long-term goal of promoting and facilitating health coverage. She continues to serve the coalition as a member of the board of directors and volunteers her time to assist with grant writing.

“We have worked really hard on changing policies, changing systems and changing the environment. We created walkways and bikeways for people to use for more physical fitness. We worked with schools to (promote healthy choices), and we are creating systems. The biggest system that Healthy Communities has now is the system of navigating people to health insurance. If they have heath insurance, they will seek health care.”

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Health Engagement Program hired Price as a community consultant to assist in other communities throughout the state. Under her leadership, the coalition was successful in garnering more than $6 million in grant funding to create policy, systems and environmental changes to decrease the risk factors that lead to chronic disease.

CKF-IN is a statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all Hoosiers have accessible health-care coverage. CKF-IN promotes and facilitates health-care coverage by building coalitions that enroll, educate and support Hoosiers and by advocating for strong inclusive public policies. For more information, visit www.ckfindiana.org.

Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition was formed in 2006.

According to their website, the coalition is a partnership of health-care providers, service care providers, educators and community leaders who are interested in addressing issues of health in Clinton County community. The recipient of grants, totaling over $500,000 over the past 5 years, the coalition is working in major areas that focus on changes that will make the “Healthy Choice the Easy Choice.” The Community Action Plan, developed after receiving funds from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors includes initiatives to increase physical activity, provide better access to healthy foods, provide nutrition education, the creation of new wellness policies in schools and worksites, reduce the use of tobacco and reach non-English speakers. For more information, visit healthyclintoncounty.org.