Today’s Vibrant Person is Susanne Graham!!!
Susanne Graham was born and raised in Elkhart County. While she spent some time in Colorado and finished up her graduate program in Michigan, she has been back in the area since 2005/2006. She works as a licensed social worker at Vista Community Health Service (another location of the Maple City Health Care Center) and is an important part of their innovative approach to patient-centered, affordable care. Maple City and Vista offer high-quality healthcare services at a reduced fee based on qualifying income. They are not only innovative in terms of affordability but in terms of comprehensive care as well by offering services like the mental health support that Susanne works to provide. Should a patient be experiencing some personal challenges, then they can easily walk down the hall and visit Susanne. She’s there to help provide the support that patients need and determine the best way forward in a collaborative medical environment. It’s this collaborative approach that helps Maple City/Vista to lead the state and, in some ways, the country in outcome measures.
In addition to Susanne’s important work responding to Elkhart County’s medical needs, she also volunteers with Tri Kappa, a service sorority unique to Indiana that supports projects for charity, culture, and education. Susanne’s aunt was very active in the organization before her passing in 2004 and she feels that her own participation is like a way of paying homage to her. Tri Kappa organizes multiple fundraisers a year from a pumpkin sale in the fall to an antique show in the spring. All proceeds of these events support organizations across the county.
When she’s not out doing one of these many good deeds, Susanne is likely spending time with her children. She loves the local libraries, kayaking, Wellfield Botanic Gardens, and craft beer. Susanne says that one of the best parts of Elkhart County’s future is how “people in their 30s and 40s are getting much more involved and intentional about opportunities and cultural diversity.” Thanks to Susanne for helping to lead the way!