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Hoosiers did not stop signing up for Indiana's Medicaid expansion even though they had to pay into a health savings account. That’s according to new research from three Indiana University professors.

Report: Indiana Lags In Tobacco Cessation Spending

Jun 5, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends states spend more than $73 million annually on tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. A new report finds Indiana spends just more than 10 percent of that amount, less than half the national average. 

A new state program will deliver medically tailored meals to people with HIV in Indiana. The Ryan’s Meals for Life project is funded by a $1 million grant from the Indiana State Department of Health. 

St. Vincent, Anthem Reach Deal On Microhospitals

Jun 4, 2018

Hoosiers with Anthem insurance are now covered for care at St. Vincent’s “neighborhood hospitals.” The two organizations have reached a deal to include the hospitals in the network. 

The neighborhood hospital or microhospital model offers patients inpatient and emergency care in a smaller, more accessible setting. 

St. Vincent has opened four of those new hospitals in the past year but they were not in network for patients with Anthem. St. Vincent Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Richard Fogel says they had to correct this. 

New DNA Analysis Tool Predicts Pigment

May 31, 2018
An international team has developed the HIrisPlex-S DNA test system, a tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material, even a small DNA sample. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI)
Jill Sheridan

new web tool builds on work to predict what an unidentified person might look like. 

Early Screening For Colon Cancer Could Save Lives

May 31, 2018

The American Cancer Society has announced new recommendations for colon and rectal cancer screenings.  The new guidelines lower the age from 50 to 45, following a rise in cases in younger people.

Gleaners Gets Efficient With Help From Amazon

May 29, 2018
Gleaners COO and CFO Joe Slater (left) gives Amazon employees a tour of the freezer. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana food bank is getting food distribution tips from Amazon. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana moves an average 30 million pounds of food to food insecure households each year. 

The online retail giant’s community program for food banks is called Kaizen which is Japenese for "change" says Amazon Director of Operations Mishtee Chatterjee.

Community-UIndy Nursing Program Aims To Fill Gap

May 27, 2018

Indiana needs more nurses in primary care settings. Community Health Network recently received more than $2.5 million in federal funds to address this need.  

The award from the Health Resources and Services Administration will allow Community Health to expand a partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.  The school will add a first of its kind minor in primary care. 

Community Health chief nursing executive Jean Putnam says this will be a game changer.  

Federal Funding Will Support Indiana Health Research

May 22, 2018
Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, founding director of the Indiana CTSI. (Photo courtesy of Indiana University School of Medicine)
Jill Sheridan

There will be more public health resources in Indiana to speed research and advance treatment and prevention.

Black women in Indiana are 35 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than the white women. A new national education campaign aims to bring that number down. 

Risk factors for the disparity in rates include lifestyle choices, genetics and healthcare access. The new Know Your Girls.org gives black women more information about breast health.

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