Indiana State Department of Health

A newly published guidebook provides Hoosier communities with plans to encourage more physical activity and outlines ways to address common barriers.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Slowing

May 24, 2019
Steve Burns / WFIU

 

 

Monroe County health officials are cautiously optimistic that the number of confirmed Hepatitis A cases may have already peaked statewide. 

Health Department Administrator Penny Caudill says cases are still emerging but they’re declining. 

“It does appear that we possibly could have peaked with our numbers in the state this winter," Caudill says. "And that we might be on kind of … right now our numbers are declining which is good news.”

Dementia Awareness Event Explores Music Therapy

May 15, 2019
Tim Brimmer (right) takes part in a panel about dementia and music therapy. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

At a panel discussion held during “Memory Day” at Conner Prairie museum in Fishers, Butler University Professor Tim Brimmer talked about his research that has focused on the use of music for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.  

Some Hoosiers May Need Another MMR Shot

May 3, 2019
A rash forms on a person with measles three to five days after they contract the virus. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Lauren Chapman

This week the Indiana State Department of Health made it easier for anyone to get the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine, without a prescription.

There were a lot of surprises on the energy and environment front in this 2019 legislative session. If you haven't been keeping up, here's what you need to know:

What's Now A Law:

A federal judge heard an abortion provider’s case against the state Monday over its efforts to open a clinic in South Bend. The group argues the state department of health’s licensing requirements are unconstitutionally vague.

New MOMS Text Service Launches In Indiana

Apr 19, 2019
(Pixabay)
Lauren Chapman

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

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. 

Measles Case Confirmed in Northeast Indiana

Apr 8, 2019

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in northern Indiana.Health Department officials are working with local health agencies and healthcare providers in LaGrange and Steuben counties to prevent further transmission of the disease.

(Courtesy of Whole Woman's Health Alliance)
Lauren Chapman

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance sued the state of Indiana Wednesday as part of its bid to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

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