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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