Infant Mortality Speaker Addressing Indiana Health Problems

Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation.

That’s why the Indiana Youth Institute is bringing a speaker to the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac to discuss the issue.

According to data provided by the Youth Institute, an infant dies every 16 hours in the state. That puts Indiana newest residents at a 25-percent higher risk of death than their peers.

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Starke County Makes Little Progress in 2015 County Health Report

Starke County continues to be ranked near the bottom when it comes to county health.

A report released earlier this year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin details several aspects of public health and ranks every county in the nation based on those factors.

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IU Health Starke Attempts to Incorporate Local Food Into Nutrition Programs

Moderation is key.

That’s the advice IU Health Starke Hospital’s new Dietician Jana Hileman says is important for success in lifestyle changes. The hospital’s dietician is responsible for oversight of which foods patients at the hospital can consume during their stay.
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Pulaski Memorial Hospital Hosts Health Fair

Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Pulaski Memorial Hospital

Each year, residents of Pulaski County are encouraged to learn more about the health services that are offered in their area.

On Saturday, Pulaski Memorial Hospital will host their annual health fair. The event invites about 35 vendors to discuss what is happening at the hospital as well as some of the hospital’s community partners.
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Quarterly HIV Screenings Scheduled Monday

healthyIndividuals afflicted with sexually transmitted diseases will have an opportunity to be screened for symptoms of the disease, Monday.

The Starke County Health Department will be hosting AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist. The group is based out of South Bend through the Methodist Church and works to educate the public about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
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Culver Town Council Tables Water Flouridation Again

Discussions continued in Culver on an issue that medical professionals say is an important public health issue.

The Town is in the process of designing a new water treatment facility. Designs are at the stage where decisions need to be made on whether the Town of Culver intends to continue using fluoride in the water system. The chemical is often used to prevent dental decay and help children develop strong tooth enamel.
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Downstate HIV Outbreak Brings Recommendations from Local Health Department

healthyAn HIV outbreak in downstate Indiana has state health officials responding.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there have been 26 confirmed cases of the disease since mid-December. That same report says those cases find common ground in prescription drug and injection abuse.
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Report Ranks Indiana High in Youth Suicide Risk

A recently released report shows Indiana ranking with a relatively high suicide risk among young people.

The “Kids Count In Indiana 2015” Data Book says suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for residents between the ages of 15 and 24 in the Hoosier State. The report covers numerous topics, including health, population, and economic data.
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Back to School Immunization Requirements

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Pulaski County Health Department Unable to Provide for Medicaid After July 1

Individuals covered under Medicaid or by private insurance will soon have a hard time finding health service in Pulaski County. Starting July 1, new federal guidelines state that the Pulaski County Health Department can no longer provide service to those covered under Medicaid if a Medicaid provider exists in the county, and individuals covered by insurance for vaccines can also no longer receive service from the Health Department.  Because the Health Department is not a Medicaid provider, and a provider does indeed exist in the county, the Health Department will be unable to render services to those individuals. They are currently looking into becoming a provider, but it can be a long process.

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