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People are said to experience food insecurity when they do not have access to enough food for all family members to live a healthy, active life. An annual report measures the rate of food insecurity in Indiana slightly under the national average, almost 14 percent of the population. 

The county where the Map the Meal Gap report found the highest rate of food insecurity is Marion County, at 18.3 percent. The county with the lowest measured rate is Hamilton County, at 8.8 percent.  

Black Barbershops Abuzz With Health Screenings

Apr 23, 2018

It’s a busy Saturday afternoon at the Infiniti Men’s Salon just north of downtown Indianapolis. There are several chats happening in the shop, but amid the sounds of clippers and music, two volunteers sit at a table asking people if they want to participate in a free health screening.

Tracey Scott is a medical assistant and is checking blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and body mass index – some of the statistics that can indicate health issues affecting black men.

The second round of federal funding to address the opioid epidemic in Indiana has been announced. The state will receive $10.9 million from the 21st Century Cures Act.

Last year, Indiana received the same amount of funding from the law and put it towards efforts including expansion of residential treatment centers, an anti-stigma campaigns and enhancement of the state’s prescription monitoring program. 

These new grants will be administrated through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

A national addiction policy group launched an Indiana chapter this week with an aim to create more resources for families and individuals struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Policy Forum works to raise awareness and improve policy related to the opioid and addiction crisis.  

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The GOP tax bill ended the individual mandate that required Americans to have insurance.  A new analysis of its impact predicts many Hoosiers may opt out.  It also takes a look at other ways Hoosiers health care may be effected because of the tax law.  

When Ronson Rowley was a teen, he said he used to sneak into a nightclub called the Ten Bar. “It was the only black gay club here in Indianapolis,” he recalled. One night he ran into his uncle.

“He looked me dead in the face,” he recalled. “And [he] said what are you doing here? I said, the same thing you’re doing here.”


Cultural, Economic, Historical Factors Drive Black Breast-Feeding Gap

Sep 7, 2017
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Tahwii Spicer gave birth to her son Reece almost two years ago at home with the help of a midwife. She said almost as soon as he was born, he "army-crawled" up her body to start feeding.

“He was so ravenous!” she said. “He was hungry.

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Where you live and which amenities are available in your community can have a direct impact on your health.

This is the tale of parks investment in two cities where health outcomes are very different.

In Carmel, Indiana the newest playground is a $4 million facility in Central Park.  It features, a 32-foot tower with bridges, slides, numerous climbing structures and tunnels, as well as an electronic wack-a-mole and a splash pad.

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Brenda Crawford lives in Indianapolis. She began having trouble with her primary care doctor when she started getting older.

"There’s so many times that you try to explain what’s going on,” she says, “and if it’s something they haven’t experienced or had in another patient, they just don’t know and they don’t understand.”

She said she believes her doctors cared about her, but couldn’t keep up with her multiple conditions as well as with the complicated medical insurance procedures elderly people bring into the clinic along with their illnesses.

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Poor Hoosiers can expect to live a shorter life than a similarly poor person in other states, says a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association.

The study, which pulls data from tax and social security records, finds people with lower incomes live shorter lives than those who are more affluent -- though to what extent is correlated with geography.

Indiana joins Nevada and Oklahoma as one of the three states with the lowest life expectancies for the poorest quarter of their populations.

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