The organization plans to continue to focus on drug abuse awareness and physical activity programs. A smoking cessation project has also been discussed along with a wellness initiative. Another program that will be continued is support for a preschool enrollment campaign by the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and a youth mentorship program through the Starke County Youth Club.
The teen birth rate in Starke County is above the state and national rankings and will be an issue tackled by the Moving Starke County Forward organization next year.
Moving Starke County Forward was established in 2012 under a grant secured by HealthLinc, Inc. The people within the organization are dedicated to improving the quality of life by encouraging, creating and advocating for a healthy Starke County.
If you would like to network, be engaged in meetings or collaborate on a project, call Nancy Dembowski at 772-3876.