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Indiana Youth Institue

Indiana Youth Institute president and CEO Tami Silverman talks to Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte about being supportive and encouraging as well as informative when discussing COVID-19 with children. A recent report shows that we should anticipate more questions from later and elementary and early middle schoolers.

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Porter-Starke Services as well as Marram Health Center are still offering services during the stay-at-home order. Elliott Miller, Director of Marketing and Development joins “Regionally Speaking” host Chris Nolte to talk about the organizations commitment to keep everyone safe and provide services amid the COVID-19 crisis.

How Climate Change Increases Our Risk For Pandemics

Mar 24, 2020
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Climate change may be putting people at risk for more pandemics like COVID-19. Habitat loss due to climate is bringing animals that can transmit disease in contact with humans more often. 

Coronavirus News Roundup: Tuesday, March 10th

Mar 10, 2020

Cases of the novel coronavirus –– or the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19 -- continue to mount throughout the Midwest. Some states have turned to closing K-12 schools or colleges.

Employers including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly have encouraged some employees to work from home in response to the new coronavirus. Some say the most vulnerable Hoosiers are not in jobs that would allow them to take the same precaution.

Indiana has reported the state’s first presumed case of illness from the new coronavirus.

Indiana has 1st illness linked to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 6, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials have confirmed the first illness in the state from the coronavirus outbreak.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Friday the ill man was in stable condition in self isolation after going to an Indianapolis hospital late Thursday with symptoms.

Box said the man had traveled to Boston where he was exposed to others with COVID-19. The man had a cough and low-grade fever and did not need to remain hospitalized, Box said.

Indiana Prepares For Potential Spread of Coronavirus

Feb 27, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday it has initiated its Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan in reaction to the global coronavirus outbreak.

Surprise Billing Bill Passes Committee With Hesitation

Feb 26, 2020

A revised bill that would address surprise medical billing passed the Senate health committee Wednesday, but many senators say there’s still a lot of work to be done. 

Five years ago, Indiana experienced one of the nation’s worst HIV outbreaks. Mike Pence was governor then, and he approved a needle exchange to keep the problem from spreading. Now state leaders are debating whether that exchange — and others — can stay open.

Lawmakers pushed back the death sentence for Indiana’s syringe exchange programs by one year under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

Why An Ambulance Might Not Be Ready When You Call

Feb 21, 2020

In many states, emergency medical services are not considered essential, like fire or police. That means when you call 911, there’s no guarantee an ambulance will respond. And this is a big problem in rural areas, where volunteers are scarce.

Indiana House leaders say they’ll try to extend – by at least one year – local syringe exchange programs that are set to expire in 2021.

We asked you, our listeners and readers, to share  your concerns with healthcare costs. And the results are in. 

Farmers across the Midwest are facing tight profit margins and rising healthcare costs. And that means some hold off getting medical treatment or forgo health insurance altogether. In response, some state farm bureaus are trying to fill that gap by creating their own group health plan.

The Midwest is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the nation. And many of these settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties, where access to healthcare is hard to come by. But a project in Ohio aims to help by bringing cancer screenings to Amish women. 

Across the country, nearly 95,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. And the list has been growing for years. That's pushed some people to try unusual ways to find donors.

It’s open enrollment season for the health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act. But many people who need to sign up may not know it. The Trump administration has made a number of moves to diminish the law, including cuts to marketing and outreach. That creates obstacles for groups that help people sign up. 

Old Tomato Cannery Stirs Up New Fears In Franklin

Dec 2, 2019

Franklin residents concerned about rare child cancers in the area are now turning their attention to another polluted site. 

Across the U.S., more than 2,000 people have reported vaping-related lung illnesses, and 47 have died. Some vaping happens in schools, so they share the burden of bringing this crisis under control. Which raises the question: what should the consequences be for a student caught vaping?

More than half of Hoosiers get health insurance from their employer and that coverage is growing more expensive.

Eli Lilly and Company plans to invest $400 million in its Indianapolis manufacturing facilities, where the company is headquartered.

Camp Offers Fun And Safety For Kids With Diabetes

Nov 12, 2019

Sending a child to overnight camp can be nerve-wracking for any parent. It’s even scarier if they have a child with a chronic illness. But a camp in Illinois offers a safe option for kids who have Type 1 diabetes.

A federal program is letting some Hoosier children get a flu shot for free, along with their regular school vaccinations.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann boarded a mobile health unit in Delaware County to learn how the program could make schools safer this flu season.

When I step onto the Open Door Health Service’s Mobile Health Unit, parked this day outside Muncie Central High School, it becomes very clear very fast that nurse practitioner Ann Simpson is both passionate about her job and has seen a lot of influenza cases.

The Great Lakes region is the best place in the U.S. to put renewable energy sources to get the most health benefits, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

In 1983, Indianapolis hosted one of the first summits on the emotional and psychological mistreatment of children. This week,  local, state and international leaders are meeting in the city, looking for new ways to tackle the problem. 

Enrollment for Medicare is open right now and country’s top Medicare official says some Hoosiers could be paying less.

Do These Genes Make Me Look Violent?

Oct 21, 2019

Bill Sullivan's new book, "Please To Meet Me," explores the way genes and environment shape our lives. Sullivan, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, talked with Side Effects' Stephanie Whiteside about the book and what he found out while researching it.

Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday about allowing nurses in Indiana to treat patients independently. It’s an issue lawmakers have explored for the past few years.

Lawsuit Challenges Indiana HIP Work Requirements

Sep 24, 2019

A new lawsuit is challenging Indiana’s work requirements for the state’s Medicaid expansion program, HIP. 

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