With a stated goal of “creating more than a hospital” with IU Health’s proposed consolidation of their downtown hospitals, Greenstreet was engaged to develop a plan that would not only build off the momentum created by the consolidation, but leverage the investment in the IU Health Medical Center to create lasting, transformational change in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. The Health District Master Plan is a programmatic framework put in place to guide future investment by IU Health, as well as the City of Indianapolis and potential public and private partners. The Health District Master Plan and Strategy builds off the 2017 Near North Future Development Plan and an internal IU Health Anchor Strategy, both developed by Greenstreet.
We know from research and scientific evidence that people’s health is determined to a far greater degree by their physical and social environment than by the medical care they receive or their genetic makeup. With this understanding of how place affects health, the recommendations within the Health District plan were all viewed through a social determinants of health lens, with the goal of affecting long-term health outcomes of the neighbors who live and work near IU Health’s campus.
Since the completion of the plan in 2019, Greenstreet has continued to support IU Health in the implementation phase. During this engagement $3 million in matching funds from the City of Indianapolis has been secured to build a new 3-mile trail connecting over 60 miles of off-street trails; $2 million in matching funds from IHCDA to develop workforce housing; new partnerships with local nonprofits have been established to perform critical home repairs to reduce in-home falls and other health issues; and investments in the creation of permanently affordable housing to support lower income neighbors and IU Health’s lower-wage workforce. Over the next two years, the District is poised to capture nearly $40 million in investment as a direct result of Greenstreet’s planning efforts.