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An external review on the death of a Black woman doctor found the “medical management and technical care” she received from Indiana University Health did not contribute to her death. But the review also found a lack of empathy and compassion in the delivery of her care, according to a news release from IU Health Wednesday. 

Tippecanoe County’s remaining COVID-19 restriction appears to have been voided after the state legislature overruled Governor Holcomb on Monday, enacting a bill that requires health orders stricter than the state’s to receive approval through local governments.


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After every mass violence incident, Barbara Thompson sees a pattern.

“You almost always hear that the people think that there was something wrong — that this person had a mental illness,” said Thompson, who is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Indiana. “And so it becomes something really difficult for people who are experiencing mental health conditions to feel like maybe they're being connected somehow to these tragic events.”


Black patients are less likely to receive diagnostic medical imaging during a hospital visit, studies show — and that might lead to a range of health disparities, experts say.

Last week's mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis – and recent news of violence against Black youth at the hands of police – has left many communities reeling.

Indiana is among seven states selected to pilot a federal initiative to increase employment for those experiencing mental health conditions. The Department of Labor is calling it the “ASPIRE” initiative, short for Advancing State Policy Integration for Recovery and Employment.

WIth Indiana lifting its statewide mask mandate on Tuesday, local officials are making decisions about how to proceed, as the number of COVID-19 cases trends upwards across the state. 


Medicaid Work Requirements May Be Gone For Good

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The Biden administration appears to have begun the process of rolling back Medicaid work requirements. But some worry this may mean conservative states will reject Medicaid expansion altogether.

Legislation that tells pregnant workers they can ask employers for workplace accommodations in writing and without retaliation will be heard in the Senate this week. But advocates for women say they'll oppose it, because it doesn’t require employers to provide them. 

After DorShann Lewis, a Black working mother in Fishers had her baby late last year, she relied on virtual visits to see her doctor. 

“It was much more convenient,” she says. “I didn’t have to deal with the mask and just the overall fear. And just having the flexibility to be at home and to know that I was safe at home with the kids.”

Indiana surpassed 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. The state’s rate of newly reported deaths has continued its post-holiday slowdown. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana surpassed 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. The state’s rate of newly reported deaths has continued its post-holiday slowdown.

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is partnering with health care systems around the state to increase access and affordability around its COVID-19 antibody treatment. The company is working with the state of Indiana and health systems and has established three new infusion centers for its COVID-19 antibody therapy to treat those at high risk.

The Indiana Department of Health's Super Bowl commercial will feature Wes Loggan, the son of an Indianapolis high school athletic director who died from COVID-19 last year. (Courtesy of IDOH)

The Indiana Department of Health will run a commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl emphasizing the importance of COVID-19 precautions and getting the vaccine.

Dr. Margarita Alegría, Magaly Santos and Gilberto Pérez discuss the outsized effect of COVID-19 on Latinx mental health as part of a discussion hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Screenshot Zoom)

Latinx communities represent a high portion of essential workers, and have also been hit hardest by lost jobs and reduced hours during the pandemic. A group of community leaders and researchers offered some recommendations to address the mental health stressors highlighted by COVID-19. 

Hoosiers age 70 and older are currently eligible to schedule appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana officials say the state will begin to receive a slight increase in its number of COVID-19 vaccine doses – but not enough to open up appointments to more people.