State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) said two agencies serving Marshall County recently received a funding boost through a new state grant program aimed at tackling public health challenges.

Jordan, a  supporter of the law establishing the Health Issues and Challenges Grant, said Indiana recently released more than $35 million in grant funding to local and statewide service providers and health organizations. The program’s goal is to help improve health outcomes related to tobacco use, food insecurity/obesity, lead exposure, hepatitis C, chronic disease, and disease prevention programs, including community paramedicine and community health workers.

“These local organizations are working hard to improve health outcomes for communities, and it’s great to see them receive a much-needed funding boost,” Jordan said. “These grants have the power to make a big difference in cities and towns of all sizes, including those in Marshall County, by supporting proven programs that work.”

The Marshall County Health Department received money to support programs for elevated blood lead levels, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana received money to support programs for food insecurity and obesity.

Statewide organizations that serve local communities also received grants, including the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, the Indiana Rural Health Association, the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Health By Design, and the Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition.
According to the Indiana Department of Health, which oversees the program, grant funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026, and additional funding will be offered in a subsequent round.

To learn more, visit and click on “Health Issues and Challenges Grant.”