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Posted by Allegra East on Jul 14, 2017

SAVI Online Magazine Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 issue of SAVI Online Magazine covers the influence of location on health. We will share with you highlights from four projects that incorporate statistics from the SAVI community information system. In each instance, data guide program and policy decisions that will have a significant impact on the health of a community’s residents and population health in general.

  • Parkview Health System collaborated with The Polis Center and IU’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, acting jointly as the Indiana Partnership for Healthy Communities, to identify the top health concerns in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties.
  • The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is testing a tool that integrates medical records and neighborhood-level data to predict the best type of treatment for a patient.
  • Students in public health are using SAVI in their research to more completely understand and identify the socioeconomic determinants of health.
  • The report, Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area reveals that tobacco is more readily available for purchase in areas that already struggle with quality-of-life issues.

The SAVI Community Information System allows one to focus on a particular geography and look at a health challenge in relationship to other factors, including financial stability, education, health, and culture, among others. It also allows one to see across a larger community such as a county where a health concern is concentrated and what other challenges the population in those areas face. Armed with this information, organizations and decision makers can develop a targeted solution to increase successful intervention rates.

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Posted by Allegra East on Jun 30, 2017

SAVI Talks! Unequal Access

Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Our SAVI Talks! program on tobacco retail access in the Indianapolis metro area on June 29 was a resounding success, imparting critical information to the public for discussions on the impact of tobacco usage to population health, local economics, and public policy.

Program highlights included the presentation of findings from the report, Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area, produced by The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI Community Information System. It serves as a companion piece to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health’s September 2016 Report on the Tobacco Epidemic in Marion County and Indiana! 

We thank Claire Fiddian-Green, President and CEO, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, for her participation and the Foundation’s support of efforts to address Indiana’s tobacco epidemic.

Kudos to report co-authors Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics, The Polis Center; Kelly Davila, Senior Research Analyst; Debra Hollon, GIS Analyst; and Matt Nowlin, Research Analyst for compiling a rich and meaningful report.

And our appreciation to Carmel Wroth, Managing Editor, WFYI’s Side Effects Public Media, on moderating a terrific panel discussion on the report and related concerns with esteemed panelists: Virginia A. Caine, MD, Director, Marion County Public Health Department; Paul  K. Halverson, DrPH, FACHE, Professor and Founding Dean,  IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health; and Bryan Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Network. We also thank Dean Halverson on the support of the School of Public Health for SAVI, the event, and the report.

If you missed the event, here are the PowerPoint presentations of Karen Comer and Claire Fiddian-Green. We also taped the event and offer a “cut” version (49:18) and a full event version (1:35:55). We are certain you will glean very interesting information listening to our exceptional presenters and panelists.

We received great media coverage including: IndyStar, Twitter, WFYI’s No Limits, WFYI’s Side Effects, WIBC, and WTHR.

Program sponsors included:  the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI, the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, and WFYI.

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Posted by Allegra East on May 10, 2017

SAVI Talks! Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Did you know?

  • In 2016, the smoking rates of the five healthiest states ranged from 9.1-13.8%. Indiana ranks 39th with a smoking rate of 20.6%; Marion County’s smoking rate is 21.8%.
  • Maternal smoking is nearly twice as high in high tobacco access areas. 
  • Tobacco costs Indiana $6 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity.

Join The Polis Center at IUPUI on Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:45-10:00 a.m. at WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 for SAVI Talks!

Be the first to hear the findings from the report, Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area, a companion piece to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health’s September 2016 Report on the Tobacco Epidemic in Marion County and Indiana! 

Retail access to various smoking products is an important consideration when discussing community action to improve a community’s health. Studies show that tobacco outlet density and proximity are linked to tobacco use–particularly in poor areas. We used socioeconomic data culled from the SAVI community information system to examine the density and proximity of tobacco outlets relative to vulnerable communities in Marion County.

Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics, The Polis Center, will present findings from the SAVI analysis of retail access in Indianapolis. Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Virginia A. Caine, MD, Director, Marion County Public Health Department
  • Claire Fiddian-Green, President and CEO, Fairbanks Foundation
  • Paul  K. Halverson, DrPH, FACHE, Professor and Founding Dean,  IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • Bryan Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Network

Carmel Wroth, Managing Editor, WFYI’s Side Effects Public Media, will moderate.

Sponsored by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in partnership with the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, The Polis Center at IUPUI, the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI, and WFYI.

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