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Posted by Allegra East on Nov 3, 2016

Kandris Leading Course at United Way of Central Indiana’s Fall Community Impact University

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, will be leading a required course of United Way of Central Indiana’s Fall Community Impact University program for United Way of Central Indiana area directors on November 4. The special class, “SAVI Community Assessment Tool Training Workshop,” will provide an overview of SAVI and discuss community assessments and online resources to help attendees and their agencies understand more about their service areas, identify needs, and find existing resources and collaborators in their communities. The program will also explore the latest SAVI tool to be launched in December, the United Way Community Assessment & Planning tool.  At last count, registration was at about 50 attendees, which besides directors includes other United Way team members who will be able to make use of the tools.

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Posted by Allegra East on Nov 3, 2016

Kandris Presenting at National Legal Aid and Deference Association Conference

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics

Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics, is presenting at the National Legal Aid and Deference Association conference in Indianapolis on November 11. The association and conference are targeted to civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities responding to the legal needs of people with low income. The workshop, “Legal Service Data in Context: Leveraging Public Data for Community Needs Assessments and Planning,” features demonstrations of the IndyVitals and SAVI Community Assessment tools and is an opportunity for attendees to discover how to address the information needs of legal service program directors. Other panelists include staff from US Office of Data Governance and Analysis, Indiana Legal Services, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, and Legal Services Corporation.

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Posted by Allegra East on Oct 25, 2016

A Healthier Place to Live: A Community Conversation on Public Health

Worlds Apart: Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Worlds Apart: Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area

In Indianapolis, wealth determines health. If you live in a low-income neighborhood in our city, there’s a good chance you’ll die earlier – 15 years earlier, in fact in some neighborhoods. We can do better.

Join WFYI, Side Effects Public Media, and the Indianapolis Public Library  on October 26 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, for a conversation with community leaders and public health experts about how we can make Indianapolis a fairer, healthier place for everyone to live. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30. The discussion, moderated by Carmel Wroth, Managing Editor of WFYI’s health journalism initiative, Side Effects Public Media, will start at 8:00 a.m.

Panelists include:
Christie Gillespie – Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Central Indiana
Tamara Leech, Associate Professor, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI
Ron Gifford, CEO, Jump in for Healthy Kids (childhood obesity, food, etc)
Virginia Caine, Director of Marion County Health Department
Alfie Ballew, Chief Deputy Coroner, Marion County Coroner’s Office

The Health Inequality Project data release earlier this year cited health disparities by area, ranking Indianapolis near the bottom of the top 100 most populous metro areas for the life expectancy of its poorest citizens.  A report on a similar topic was published in Indianapolis in July 2015, World’s Apart: Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area. The Indianapolis report was produced by the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI Community Information System. Report authors included: Tess D. Weathers, Tamara G.J. Leech, Lisa K. Staten, Elizabeth Alice Adams, Jay T. Colbert, and Karen Frederickson Comer. Health gaps in our communities are an ongoing, important issue that cannot be covered up; we’ve got to find solutions!

Please RSVP to Paige Bova at pbova@wfyi.org or call 317-614-0502.

Event made possible with support from BioCrossroads.

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