Individuals with disabilities can struggle to find employment despite undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. The Eskenazi Health Initiative for Empowerment and Economic Independence is a partnership between Eskenazi Health and the Office of Disability Services at Ball State University. Its goal is to provide work experience at Eskenazi Health for students with disabilities in their fields of study that can potentially lead to securing a job in the future.
Interns gain professional, real-world experience as they work on projects that allow them hands-on opportunities while also benefiting Eskenazi Health as a whole. Additionally, interns are paid for their work, with some earning college credit as well.
The program was launched in 2013 and has grown in size each summer. Interns have worked in various fields including information services, palliative care, wellness, physical therapy and public relations.
This program is supported by a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the Hoover Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Inc., and The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.