NALHE Indiana Chapter
“Transforming the Latinx Experience in Indiana’s Healthcare Sphere!”
Indiana is nestled in the Midwestern United States. It is the 38th largest state by area and the 17th most populous state in the United States. It is bordered by Illinois, Michigan (including Lake Michigan), Ohio, and Kentucky. It has a diverse economy with a gross state product of $377 billion in 2019. Indiana produces more than 20% of the United States’ popcorn supply and is also home to the nation’s second-largest automotive industry, housing many workers in advanced manufacturing. Indiana is host to the Indianapolis 500 race every Memorial Day weekend. The state is also known to host many other large events and conferences every year, bringing in visitors from around the nation.
Indiana is home to 6.8 million residents, known as “Hoosiers”. The state’s residents live among 92 counties, including 16 metropolitan and 25 micropolitan areas. Its capital city, Indianapolis (Marion County), is located in the center of the state and is home to nearly 900,000 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2019, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area is among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the US, with significant growth centering in the counties in and around Marion County. By race and ethnicity, the population is 77.5% non-Hispanic white, 10.2% non-Hispanic Black, 2.7% Asian, 2.3% two or more races, and 7.7% Hispanic.
Like the rest of the United States, Indiana is growing more culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse.
The goal of the NALHE Indiana Chapter is to partner with Indiana non-profits which target the health and well-being of the Latino population in the state to ensure proper leadership representation is at the table to effectively advance health equity for diverse communities and ultimately improve health outcomes of Latino and other minority groups within the state.