Advocating for Your
Health in Vigo County
Your health matters to us at the Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County (MHCVC). Since September 1994, we’ve been advocating to improve the health of residents throughout Vigo County and surrounding areas. We realize that a significant number of our residents suffer disproportionately from life-threatening diseases like diabetes, heart ailments and cancer. That’s why we’re committed to working with health organizations, policy makers, and educational institutions to make sure all residents are able to have healthy fulfilling lives. We’re conveniently located in the Booker T. Washington Community Center in the center of a diverse community in Terre Haute.
Our Mission & Goals
At MHCVC, we’re dedicated every day to fulfilling our mission to "enhance the quality of life for racial, ethnic minorities through education and advocacy regarding healthy lifestyle choices."
We’re pursue our mission by focusing on the following goals:
- Promote minority health through education, advocacy, public relations, research and leadership
- Advocate for community representation for medically underserved individuals that will bring about workable solutions to address personal, family, and community health problems experienced by minority populations
- Reduce premature mortality and illness resulting from conditions to which minority populations are at high risk by stimulating awareness of and knowledge about those conditions
- Improve access to health care and services for minorities and individuals who are unable to obtain adequate care
- Ensure that health care services are of a high quality, are culturally sensitive, and sufficiently coordinated
- Advocate on legislative and administrative policy issues that affect the availability, accessibility, and quality of health care for minority populations
Through our partnerships with equally dedicated organizations, we’re able to make significant strides in accomplishing our mission and goals. We have partnerships with Indiana State University, St. Mary of the Woods, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Harrison College, Ivy Tech and the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute.
We also partner with the NAACP on educational events and work with CHANCES and Services for Youth with their after-school, spring break and summer camp programs. We also co-sponsor the Mini Medical School, an annual 9-week spring program. We’re also proud of our 20-year partnership with Mini Medical School.
The Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County sponsors numerous health presentations, health screenings, health fairs and programs throughout our are. In 2014 alone, we participated in 37 health fairs that reached 8,322 people. We were able to reach 1,697 people through 105 events that provided health screenings, and another 905 people through health presentations. We’re committed to reach more people every year.
We are certified to lead the Stanford University School of Medicine's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and are licensed to lead the Stanford University School of Medicine's Diabetes Self-Management Program. Both of these programs are superb in teaching people how to live a healthy life in spite of chronic diseases.
Join Us in Making a Difference!
Recent data shows that Vigo County and certainly the Wabash Valley are medically underserved. In addition, 28.2 percent of the population over the age of 18 is living below the poverty level and more than half of that number is minorities.
We know that the portion of minorities who are uninsured is double that of the white population. It is startling to see the statistics that clearly show that across the board, median household income, per capita income is 20 percent less for minorities. Vast inequities exist and we must begin to not just address these but to change the numbers. Contact us for more information on how you can help address these disparities.