LISC National
What We Do


LISC proactively moved into the health equity space in 2019, hiring our first Social Determinants of Health Program Officer and cultivating diverse partnerships with health care institutions and community-based organizations to address acute health challenges and inequities in Indianapolis neighborhoods.  While LISC’s work in comprehensive community development over the last 10 years directly addresses social determinants of health – outcomes of which LISC is partnering with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) to measure, understand, and expand – LISC is now partnering and investing in ways that deepen and broaden health-focused impacts and health equity in Indianapolis neighborhoods. 

LISC is a partner to the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, the Marion County Public Health Department, Eskenazi Health, and the Polis Center in the Diabetes Impact Project-Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN) funded by Lilly Global Health.  Through this project, LISC developed a curriculum and set of experiences to train Community Health Workers to engage neighborhood residents outside clinical settings in a diabetes risk assessment, make referrals to social supports and services that can influence social determinants of health (e.g., physical and mental health care, housing, education, employment, food access, public safety, physical activity, social capital connections, transportation), and attend neighborhood events and meetings to elevate and inform neighborhood conversations about health.  To achieve these outcomes, the Community Health Worker curriculum includes a primer on comprehensive community development and the way investments in this field overlap with investments in social determinants of health.  

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Shelbi Cummings, Assistant Program Officer