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Challenge Accepted: Monroe County, Indiana the best place in the country to be a child!

Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC) is a network of organizations and individuals who provide training, build relationships, and promote actionable change to address the root causes of social problems in Monroe County. We represent a diverse group of local stakeholders working to create a safer, more stable, and nurturing community and are leading an effort to make Monroe County, Indiana the best place in the country to be a child. Through engaging in a collective impact approach, BTCC will act as the backbone support for seventeen cross-sector agencies, organizations, and coalitions to improve the conditions of Monroe County to ensure that all children have optimal environments to grow, live, learn and play.


Monroe County has been selected as one of 50 members of the HealthyCommunity50 in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge!  By participating in the Challenge, Monroe County is in the running to receive a prize that will support BTCC’s efforts to improve conditions for children in our county.

The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, launched in April during National Public Health Week. The Challenge will award $1.5 million in prizes to small and mid-sized cities, counties and federally-recognized tribes that are able to show measurable change over the course of several years working with cross-sector partnerships to implement health innovations and data-driven solutions. Hundreds of city governments, local municipalities, health departments, educational institutions and other public/private entities applied to be a part of the Challenge. The HealthyCommunity50 were chosen based on plans to improve the health of their communities in at least one of five domains: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

BTCC, in collaboration with 17 partners, has aligned around a shared vision of health equity to make Monroe County, IN the best place to be a child.  The cross-sector team will focus on policy, practice, and environmental changes that promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments.   

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Partner Resources:

Seed Support Application (online form & PDF)

Social Inclusion Interviews- Exploration Level Seed Support Opportunity (online form only)


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