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Posted by Allegra East on Dec 13, 2016

Using Data to Inform the Conversation on Environmental Disparities in Indianapolis

hec_final_logo_cmyk-notaglineOn December 8, 2016, The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) convened several Indianapolis/Marion County stakeholders for a conversation on environmental disparities in Indianapolis. The Polis Center and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health collaborated to present data to inform the conversation. Jay Smirat and Dr. Yi Wang with Fairbanks presented their work on the creation of an environmental index and maps to assess neighborhood vulnerability and environmental burden. Sharon Kandris, Director of  Community Informatics at the Polis Center at IUPUI, discussed the intersection of environmental burden and socio-economic indicators for identifying potential environmental justice concerns.

In addition, Dr. Paul Mullins, Professor in Anthropology at IUPUI, presented the history of Indianapolis neighborhoods and industry, and David Hirschl, City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, presented the state of the city’s work on environmental justice issues. Indra Frank, MD, MPH,  HEC Environmental Health Director, closed the presentation with policy options for urban environmental justice from other cities for consideration in our local context. The community conversation will continue in February and April 2017.

To view the presentation of SAVI’s socio-economic data, click here. The environmental burden data and other relevant maps via the Multi-Layer Data Community Action Tool (created by IU Fairbanks School of Public Health as part of its Healthy Environment and Community Assessment Partnership) are available at the HECAP website: www.HECAP.net

Established in 1986, the Hoosier Environmental Council is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies, protecting the forests, groundwater, and lakes throughout the state.  Its efforts seek solutions and alternatives to reduce the footprint of industry, commerce and agriculture on the environment.

 

 

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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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