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Proceeds from the sale of LaPorte Hospital, pictured in 2016, went to the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte to improve community health.

Stan Maddux, Times file photo

The Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte is inviting local organizations to an event Thursday to learn how to improve entrenched social problems in the community.

The Results-Based Accountability training sessions are from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions will decide the measures well-being leaders are willing to be held accountable for, then determine the steps to improve those conditions.

Organizers of the event say communities use this disciplined-based approach to improve the lives of children and families, while organizations utilize it to make their programs more effective.

The Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte was started last year with $106 million in funding from the sale of LaPorte Hospital, which had been built with funds from the community. The organization aims to make LaPorte one of Indiana's 10 healthiest communities by 2030.

LaPorte County currently ranks as the 77th healthiest of Indiana's 92 counties, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings. In that study, LaPorte County was trending downward in adult obesity, sexually transmitted infections, unemployment and children in poverty.

The Results-Based Accountability will be the first of several community-building opportunities offered through the foundation's Healthy Partners grants. Those grant opportunities are meant to help local organizations increase their impact in LaPorte. The event is designed to help those groups write more effective grant applications.

Thursday's sessions will be facilitated by Community Solutions Inc., an Indianapolis-based community development firm that is assisting HFL in its mission of improving the health of the community. To RSVP, visit hflaporte.org/grants-healthy-partners.


Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.