Indiana State Department of Health

Social Determinents Of Health Explored At Event

Sep 11, 2019

Where you live and other socio-economic factors can have a negative influence on your health. A recent event outlined ways Indiana is addressing this issue.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says place can influence access to a quality education, healthy food, transportation and safe housing.

Indiana is reporting the first death in the state related to lung injury after vaping. This is the third confirmed fatality in the country. 

The state will receive $21 million over the next three years to prevent drug overdose deaths.

Infant Mortality Summit Discusses Solutions

Aug 23, 2019

Indiana has a higher infant mortality rate than the national average. A summit in Indianapolis focused on moves being made to improve outcomes for infants in Indiana. 

Indiana’s health department is investigating 11 cases of a severe respiratory illness to see if they’re linked to e-cigarettes. Similar cases were also discovered in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Health leaders are raising awareness about a new initiative to tackle Indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rates. The state launched a public awareness campaign this week. 

John Dillinger's Grave To Be Exhumed

Aug 5, 2019
File Photo: WFYI

John Dillinger, the 1930s gangster and bank robber, was killed by the FBI in 1934 and supposedly buried in an Indianapolis cemetery.

Dillinger's relatives asked the Indiana State Department of Health permission to exhume the body from Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. In the request, Dillinger’s nephew and niece say they were presented with evidence to suggest the body is not actually his. Their request has been approved.

Susan Sutton of the Indiana Historical Society says getting to the coffin may a tough task.

A large coalition — made up of doctors, legal experts, advocacy groups, and others — is petitioning the state to lower its threshold for when public health agencies should address elevated blood lead levels in children.

An Indiana non-profit is touring the state to bring opioid education and tools to faith based communities. 

Health Fair Offers Access At Black Expo

Jul 20, 2019

The annual health fair at the Indiana Black Expo kicked off Thursday and for many it's the only chance to receive important health screenings.

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:

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