As Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare network for children, Riley at IU Health is committed to using our resources to serve communities. Our world revolves around improving health for children through primary and subspecialty healthcare, advocacy, research and education.
Delivering world-class healthcare for children connects us with families in communities where our healthcare providers and donors make a difference for children. We are Indiana’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital, recognized for excellence in 10 categories of specialized care.
Our reputation as a national leader in children’s health draws families from around the state and across the globe. We give children access to innovative treatment options made possible through pediatric health research. This level of care is only available at academic health centers like the one formed by Riley at IU Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Improving children’s health takes us outside the walls of Riley at IU Health and into communities, where we can spread knowledge about how to avoid illness and stay healthy. You can learn more about our impact on communities by exploring our latest community benefit report.
Here are a few examples of the educational programs we support.
Riley at IU Health School Program. This K-12 program offers individual and small-group tutoring for children admitted to the hospital for long-term treatment or requiring repeated hospitalization.
Safety stores. Injuries are the leading cause of death for children after they reach the age of 1. Our safety stores promote child safety through the sale of products such as bath, electrical and fire safety items as well as locks and latches.
PE Without Boundaries. This physical education curriculum for middle school and high school students encourages a healthy, active lifestyle. It was designed through a collaboration between Indianapolis Public Schools and Indiana University Health and is offered at no charge to all physical education teachers.
Playworks. IU Health is the Indianapolis founding partner of Playworks®, a program recognized by parents, educators and policymakers as a positive influence on children's health and well-being and school environments. The program uses play to enhance classroom learning, build teamwork skills and encourage kids to be physically active. It also aims to decrease bullying and shorten transition time to learning.
Strong Schools. Healthy kids who are active learn better. That is why IU Health works with Action for Healthy Kids to keep elementary students moving during the school day. Learn how your school can become an IU Health Strong School.
Riley at IU Health builds relationships with organizations that share our interest in the health and well-being of Indiana’s children. We invest in collaborative partnerships that focus on children’s health. Learn more about how your organization can join us in improving quality of life for children throughout the state.
Change the Play with Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, collaborates with Riley at IU Health on a program called Change the Play. Children who participate in Change the Play learn to take charge of their own health and wellness in eight weekly challenges that call them to make smart fitness, nutrition and health choices—now and in the future.
Tackle these challenges at the Change the Play website today.
Indianapolis Zoo. Our partnership with the Indianapolis Zoo creates unique patient and family experiences. We provide unforgettable encounters with inspiring animals at the zoo, including children who are hospitalized through video technology. Through the Riley Child Life Program at IU Health we can arrange zoo tickets and behind-the-scenes access for outpatients and children who can leave the hospital.
Visit our special events page to learn how you can request tickets.
Riley at IU Health offers Indianapolis Zoo visitors access to healthy dining options, local ingredients and fresh tastes. The Farm-to-Table Stand is open during the summer near the White River Junction Train station and offers build-your-own salads—with 17 topping selections—along with light snacks such as fruit cups, veggies with hummus and yogurt parfaits. Throughout the zoo, signs with the message “Riley’s Recommendations for Healthier Eating” are part of the Healthy Food Initiative presented by Riley at IU Health to let you know when you make smart food choices.
Our partnership with the Indianapolis Zoo also includes new mothers. The Nursing Moms Nest presented by Riley at IU Health is a place within the zoo for mothers to care for and breastfeed their babies in privacy. It is located inside the Flights of Fancy: Birds of Brilliance exhibit and includes a changing station and wash area, three nursing rooms and an activity area for older children.
Riley at IU Health employs a dynamic team of people that have built our reputation as a leading pediatric healthcare network. Members of our team are active volunteers in Strength That Cares—a program that helps us reach out to make an impact on health and revitalize the Indiana communities we serve.
The premier volunteer event of Strength That Cares—Day of Service—ignites thousands of team members throughout the state to make a difference. Volunteers work in neighborhoods, where they build homes and walking trails, install fitness equipment, distribute bicycles and lead activities that bring families together for exercise and play.
Throughout the year, team member-volunteers have the opportunity to participate in health and wellness initiatives that help to improve local communities through Strength That Cares, including:
At Riley at IU Health, team members fulfill our responsibility to foster health in communities. You can learn more about how we serve Indiana communities in our latest community benefit report.