Tick-borne Illness On Rise In Hoosier State

Jul 26, 2018

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahon said doctors are getting better at asking patients about travel when they present with symptoms typical of tick- or mosquito-borne illnesses. 

But it is still up to you to protect yourself.

New Employer-Based Health Clinic Opens In Kokomo

Jul 26, 2018
Gov. Eric Holcomb at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new FCA Family Health & Wellness Center in Kokomo. (Photo provided by St. Vincent)
Lauren Chapman

A new primary care center in Kokomo will serve more than 22,000 Hoosiers, all employees of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, FCA.  The clinic is part of a growing trend of direct employer provided care. 

Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate Still Lags

Jul 26, 2018
Health leaders discuss infant mortality in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana’s infant mortality rates are not going down. In the past few years they’ve actually ticked up slightly.  Health leaders gathered at an Infant Mortality Summit lead by Community Health Network to discuss ways to reduce Indiana’s high rate.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the Statewide Opioid Summit in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The Statewide Opioid Summit focused on the intersection of addiction and the justice systemand highlighted Medication-Assisted Treatment.

Study: Paternal Depression May Be More Common

Jul 24, 2018

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers found a higher than expected number of fathers may have postpartum depression.

Statewide Partnership Aims To Reduce Opioid Addiction

Jul 24, 2018
Indiana Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announces RALI Indiana coalition. (Photo courtesy of Bose Public Affairs)
Jill Sheridan

A new statewide coalition of business and health leaders will work to align resources and education to drive down opioid addiction across the state.   

Diabetes Impact Project Focuses On Place

Jul 19, 2018


A city’s layout – neighborhood-by-neighborhood access to health care, outdoor recreation and healthy food – can have a significant health impact. In Indiana, some neighborhood diabetes rates reflect these factors. 

A new $7 million diabetes impact pilot in Indianapolis could serve as a model for communities across the state.

Alma Trawick, 69, knows a lot about diabetes.

Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News


The state says it’s confirmed the first death in Indiana associated with a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak.

The Indiana State Department of Health isn’t releasing any more information about the death, citing privacy laws.

Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious liver disease that can be spread through fecal-oral means. Someone can contract the virus through contact with an infected person or contaminated food.

Araceli Gomez-Aldana / WBOI

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will be closing its Fort Wayne health center.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only 15 percent of Hoosiers get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity. 

The guidelines were established in 2008 and include weekly aerobic activity and muscle strengthening exercise.  The CDC data from 2010-2015 ranks Hoosiers 47th nationwide for meeting the recommendations.

Only 10 percent of Indiana’s women meet the levels.