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Health First St. Joseph County

August 2021, established by Executive Order 21-21 by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the Governor's Public Health Commission was charged with studying the strengths and weaknesses of Indiana's existing public health system and making recommendations for improvement in the following focus areas: governance, infrastructure, and services; dedicated public health funding; public health workforce, data and information systems; emergency preparedness; and child and adolescent health.

Senate Enrolled Act 4, now named "Health First Indiana", is the state's initiative focusing on creating a set of core public health services, accessible, recurring, and dedicated funding, and defined measurements for success and progress with the goal of ensuring every Hoosier can achieve optimal health.

Health First St. Joseph County aims to transform public health through local partnerships to deliver core services at a county level. With many existing and thriving partnerships, the St. Joseph County Department of Health understands that to achieve the best outcomes for the core public health services, the community is best served when a well-developed plan is created utilizing internal SJCDoH programming combined with existing or new community partner programming, projects, and/or activities in several core service areas.

The St. Joseph County Department of Health is seeking request for proposals (RFP) from community organizations, etc. to support the Department of Health's ongoing work and assist in the following key core service areas:

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Immunizations
  • Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Control and Management
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention and Management
  • School Wellness (immunization support and health and wellness programming)

Submit a Letter of Intent Here.

Health First St. Joseph County Grant Timeline

Letters of intent will be accepted until Friday, November 10. Not all letters of intent will be asked to submit a full proposal. Letters of intent that are asked to submit a full proposal will be notified and will be due Wednesday, November 22 at 5:00 p.m.

All questions about this request for proposals and its process, please email

The state explains what areas they want to focus on, below are the workbooks each unit of the St. Joseph County Department of Health created to best serve our community starting 2024!