impact update
fall 2019
Welcome to your fall issue of Impact Update 2019!

Isn’t autumn the perfect time to curl up and read? As the weather cools, I hope you enjoy our fall newsletter. This issue touched my heart ... and I hope it touches yours as well.

You’ll find stories that show the real impact you have on people in our communities across Central Indiana. Through your partnership with Community Health Network Foundation, you’ll see how you’ve helped:

  • More than 4,000 individuals at risk of suicide who were referred to our Have Hope Pathway—part of our Zero Suicide Initiative
  • A boy who lost his father and now is getting support through our programs for children who are dealing with the death of a significant person in their lives
  • A young woman diagnosed with breast cancer who was able to focus on healing rather than worry about costs related to her care—thanks to a $250 gift card through our donor-funded Oncology Patient Assistance Fund

As you are inspired by these stories, I hope you also will make a gift now to help Community continue providing exceptional care, delivered with compassion, to everyone in need of help and hope.

Wishing you the gift of good health,

Bente Weitekamp
Vice President of Development

impact update

Article 1

Five years later: Community’s Zero Suicide Initiative

In October of 2014, Community Health Network Foundation received a five-year, multi-million dollar grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assist with suicide prevention efforts.

Article 2

Learning to communicate through grief

When Crishell Sam’s husband, Marlon E. Sam, Sr., unexpectedly passed away in November of 2017, she knew her middle-school aged son would be greatly affected. She sought help and support for him and learned that, thanks to the support of donors, Community Health Network offered bereavement and grief education at his school ...

Article 3

Relieving financial burdens lets patient focus on health

Each year, the Foundation holds a fundraising event called The Giving Gig to support the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance for food, medicine and transportation to Community cancer patients in need.

Article 4

Non-judgmental care for perinatal substance use

For the second year in a row, Community organized an infant mortality summit in August to bring together key stakeholders—clinical experts and caregivers from a variety of health systems, community organizations, elected and government officials and more—to work toward solutions to Indiana’s infant mortality rate.

Article 5

Fund for student needs helps family impacted by fire

Community Health Network nurses are embedded in more than 100 schools across Central Indiana. There, these highly trained medical professionals serve students, whether that means managing acute or chronic illnesses, administering first aid or medicines, responding to emergencies or—thanks to donors—ensuring basic needs are met.


Because you are an invaluable partner in our efforts to enhance health across Central Indiana, we’d love to have your feedback on your healthcare passions and priorities and how we can deliver a better experience for you.

Visit bit.ly/CHNFsurvey to share your thoughts via a brief survey.