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Community Health Center of Miami County

Indiana Health Centers, Inc. provides consumer-driven health and health-related services. We are a private, non-profit 501c3 charitable organization established to help all in need with primary health and health-related services.
IHC’s governing board has a majority of IHC clients, representing WIC, Migrant, Homeless, and Community Client populations.

Indiana Health Centers, Inc. (IHC) began health center services in 1977 and is a long standing Bureau Primary Health Care Cluster grantee. IHC receives and implements community, migrant and homeless health center funding. In addition, IHC meets or exceeds all Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) performance criteria.

IHC enjoys multiple state funding opportunities. These include hosting the second largest Women Infants Children (WIC) program in the state, receiving state health center funding, and receiving state funding for farm worker support services. This funding diversity comes from IHC's strong focus on improving health outcomes for target populations and successful funding campaigns to address local health and health related issues.

One our newest sites located in Peru, Indiana is the Community Health Center of Miami County. With three years of planning and diligence, the leadership of Miami County now brings affordable primary care to all area residents.

In late 2006, Hershel Manhart, the Executive Director of Miami County Helping Hands, was done with referring needy residents to other counties for basic health care services. Familiar with Indiana Health Centers, Inc. medical and dental practices in other communities, he contacted us for help. Lynn Clothier, CEO of IHC suggested that a task force was needed to guide the community on what could be a long journey.

The first step was to understand the unmet need. Local leaders surveyed area primary care physicians. With information in hand, the Indiana State Department of Health was contacted to request a county designation as a Medically Underserved Area. Governor Mitch Daniels requested the designation that was granted in the fall of 2007.

The county has a disproportionately high number of low income residents and a disproportionately low number of primary care physicians able to serve them. The task force waited for a federal budget opportunity to request tax payer funding.

IHC submitted an application for the community in early 2008, but the full funding was not available. On March 2, 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the Miami County request was funded, conditional on opening by July 1, 2009.

Needs

County Population: 36,219
Population in Poverty: 9,780
Children in Poverty: 3,367
No early prenatal care: 20%


County Health Conditions exceeding State and national averages:

  • teen pregnancy rate
  • very low birth weight
  • all cancers
  • lung cancer
  • colon cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • heart disease
  • liver disease