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A new state program designed to combat Indiana’s high infant and maternal mortality rates launches in January. The OB Navigator program will start in 20 counties. 

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

More Indiana youth are vaping than ever before and the state plans to address the issue. 

State and health leaders joined teens from Fishers High School to announce the new three-part initiative. 

Tobacco Cessation Program Launches Aug. 1

Aug 1, 2019

A new statewide order begins Thursday, Aug. 1 which aims to lower Indiana's smoking rate. Now, most people in Indiana won’t need a doctors visit to receive tobacco cessation medications. They can go straight to a pharmacist. 

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.

Indiana Makes Changes To Help Hoosiers Quit Smoking

Jul 17, 2019

Indiana moves to help Hoosiers quit smoking with a new order signed in Indianapolis. The changes also include efforts to help pregnant mothers kick the habit.

The Indiana Health Department issued a standing order Tuesday allowing Hoosiers to obtain the measles vaccine from any pharmacy that carries it.

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.

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. 

Opioids Impact Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate

Nov 15, 2017

The Indiana Department of Health marked five years of its Labor of Love summit, an annual event aimed at reducing the state’s infant mortality rate. The rate of infants dying before their first birthday has risen steadily since the campaign began, mainly because of substance use disorders.

When the initiative kicked off in 2012, 556 babies lost their life – last year that number was 623. Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box says any progress the state has made has been overshadowed.

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