The mission of McMillen Health is to provide vital, effective preventive health education that promotes physical, emotional, and social well-being.
Founded in 1981, McMillen Health is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and one of less than 5 such health education organizations nationwide. McMillen is recognized as the number one resource for health education in the Northern Indiana region – reaching more than 80,000 students annually. We are housed in a 16,000 square foot facility with four themed teaching theaters, a 125 seat auditorium, and a Great Hall with various hands-on displays. We have 14 full and part-time staff members. Our eight professional educators all hold a four-year degree, or higher in either education or a health-related field. To date, McMillen has provided fact-based health information and education to over 1.89 million students nationally & internationally.
We provide over 90 programs on general health; safety; HIV/STDs; drug/ alcohol/ tobacco use prevention; nutrition and fitness; human growth and development; bullying prevention, and more. Sample program topics include the Kinderhealth program to teach children about maintaining their health, the Health Adventure program to teach third-graders the four keys of staying healthy, the Balance Your Act program to provide information to middle school students about the health risks and prevention of obesity; and the Breast Self-Exam and Testicular Self-Exam programs to provide teens with information on the early detection of cancer.
In order to best meet the needs of those we serve, McMillen Health offers programs here at our facility, on site at a school or organization within 150 miles, via distance learning with multiple connections at once in our distance learning green screen rooms, and via E-Learning where students can be reached where they are including in their homes.
Beyond our traditional preventive health education programs for students ages birth to 100+, McMillen Health develops curriculum, resources, media, and videos for other organizations. Projects have included developing secondhand tobacco smoking curriculum for the Indiana State Department of Health; a wellness program for Healthier Moms and Babies involving videos, text messages, and consumer journal to use along with the program; and most recently developing a COVID-19 campaign including videos, text messages, flyers, rack cards, and social media posts for the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne.