East Side Care
Free meals for seniors, nutrition education efforts and better access to locally grown produce help to combat food insecurity.
Free and low-cost health screenings help seniors embark on a journey to a healthier life.
Collaborative partnerships within the community help to address unmet health-related social needs and improve lives.
Investing in our roots, Community is striving to address unmet health-related needs for our east side neighbors. From social needs to clinical services, Community is there to help – and you can join us.
- Each year, Community provides thousands of free, nutritious meals to seniors in need through our Touchpoint A la Carte Senior Meal program, funded in part by donors and grants to the Foundation. Through this program, Community offers those age 60 or older with vouchers for nutritious meals at designated Community hospital cafeterias, with greatest needs at Community East.
- Additional support for food insecure areas on the east side of Indianapolis are supported thanks to the Rolling Harvest Food Truck – operated in partnership between Community Health Network and Brandywine Creek Farms and supported by donors to the Foundation. Delivering locally grown and in-season fruits and vegetables, as well as providing nutrition education, the food truck helps neighbors in need eat and live healthier.
- An East Region Patient Assistance Fund launched in 2017 thanks to a generous donor provides financial aid to east side patients and is intended to help them cover the cost of much-needed medication, transportation and lodging.
- Created in partnership with the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Community’s Medical Legal Partnership aims to better address a more complete picture of health for patients and clients by integrating civil legal aid with healthcare. An attorney embedded in the Community Hospital East setting works alongside members of the healthcare team. Together, they screen for and treat health-harming legal needs – related to insurance, public benefits, housing, education, employment, legal status and safety – to improve health and well-being and reduce healthcare utilization. With additional support, Community will strive to expand this offering to all regions.
- In an effort to address unmet health-related social needs – such as housing instability, food insecurity, utility limitations, interpersonal violence and transportation access – on the east side of Indianapolis, Community has launched Community Collaborations. A multi-faceted program geared toward improving the health and well-being of communities through innovative partnerships with community-based organizations, Community Collaborations operates thanks to a multi-million dollar grant Community Health Network Foundation received from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and additional funding from generous community organizations and partners will enable further integration with Central Indiana’s communities in need.
- Community is building a new $175 million hospital on the campus of Community Hospital East. The project includes building new inpatient and procedural rooms as well as a new emergency department, carrying Community East into the future for many years to come. The potential of Community East has also been recognized by the State, which has opened the Indiana Neuro-Diagnostic Institute on East’s campus, which will serve as the flagship of Indiana’s network of state-operated mental health facilities.
Relieving Patients' Burdens
In 2017, Community Health Network Foundation received a $2,560,494 grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address unmet health-related social needs on the east side of Indianapolis. Under the leadership of John Kunzer, MD, and president of Community Physician Network, we’ve used initial funding to start tackling housing instability, food insecurity, utility limitations, interpersonal violence and transportation access. This work is called Community Collaborations, and we invite you to learn more about this critical work in this video.
More than Just a Meal
Linda began accessing Community Health Network’s Touchpoint À la Carte Senior Meal Program a few years after her retirement. The program offers individuals age 60 or older the opportunity to receive four free meal vouchers per month that can be used at designated Community hospital cafeterias for healthy food at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Linda quickly realized the program offered more than a nutritious meal—it also offered much-needed social interaction.