Health

(Courtesy of Purdue University)
Lauren Chapman

Autism research and education get a boost in Indiana with a newly designated university center.  The Purdue Autism Research Center, or PARC was created in response to a community call for more autism research.  

Indiana Moves To Expand Medicaid Coverage For Doulas

Apr 19, 2019

UPDATE: Lawmakers stripped funding for the doula Medicaid expansion out of the budget right before the end of the legislative session.  Although the bill is now law, it’s uncertain how it moves forward without funds.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed new legislation to extend Medicaid coverage for doulas.

New MOMS Text Service Launches In Indiana

Apr 19, 2019
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Lauren Chapman

A new text message service from the Indiana State Department of Health aims to connect more moms-to-be with pregnancy resources.

Youth Summit Addresses Substance Abuse Prevention

Apr 17, 2019

Dozens of Indiana students attended a substance abuse prevention summit at the Statehouse. The event highlighted the expansion of one program to reduce prescription drug abuse. 

Youth Resiliency Partnership of Montgomery County

Almost half of all Montgomery County middle school students grapple with the challenges of growing up with divorced parents, and a quarter have a parent or other adult at home who’s gone to jail or prison.

Lawsuit Challenges Ban On Online Eye Exams In Indiana

Apr 15, 2019

Indiana is one of three states that bans online eye exams for prescriptive lens. A recently filed lawsuit challenges the restriction.

NASA Pegs Purdue For Deep Space Habitat Research

Apr 11, 2019
Illustration of the interior of a deep space habitat.  (Photo credit NASA)
NASA

A new project out of Purdue University will explore habitat options in deep space. The Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute is one of two new programs recently announced by NASA.

Syringe Access Program Rolls Out In Indianapolis

Apr 11, 2019
The new Marion County syringe exchange mobile unit is unveiled in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s ninth syringe exchange program was launched in Marion County. 

Foster Youth Lag In Educational Attainment

Apr 9, 2019
Former foster youth Joshua Christian advocates for children in the system. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Foster youth in Indiana are less likely than other students to receive a quality education according to the first ever state assessment on the group

Indiana Marks 100 Problem-Solving Courts

Apr 8, 2019

Indiana marks a milestone with the addition of an alternative court in Pulaski County.  The state now has 100 problem-solving courts

Problem-solving courts tackle the underlying issues people face including substance abuse and mental health.  The latest specialized court to be certified in Indiana is a veteran’s treatment court. The courts offer treatment instead of incarceration and involve judges and community service teams who work with individuals to navigate the system. 

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