Indiana Cigarette Tax

Members of the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana coalition have invited public health advocates to express their support of an increase in Indiana’s cigarette tax. The Senate Appropriations Committee will be voting on the state’s budget, HB 1001, March 30. Along with adequate funding for evidence-based treatment services and a comprehensive tobacco prevention program, increasing [...]

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. when men and women are combined? It is a cause of considerable suffering among nearly 135,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. About 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 [...]

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National Nutrition Month 2017

Happy National Nutrition Month!  “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2017 which is a reminder that each of us can decide if we will or will not make healthier food choices. Making small changes over time can help improve our health now and into the future.  By putting your [...]

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National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month

In 2011 the National Center for Injury and Prevention and Control found that 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who had experienced rape, physical violence and or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age. Unfortunately, [...]

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Going Smokefree This New Year? Don’t Go Alone!

Quitting tobacco is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  Every January, countless people commit to a tobacco-free life, motivated by the promise of better health and more money in their pockets.  To meet their goal, they try a variety of methods, from medication to hypnosis.  Unfortunately, most attempts to quit tobacco are not [...]

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The Gift That Gives Back

As the temperatures continue to drop, most of us grab our thick winter coats, hats, and gloves before heading out the door for holiday activities. For many of Indy’s homeless residents, that is impossible. This holiday season, please considering giving the gift that gives back by donating to HealthNet’s Homeless Initiative Program (HIP). You can [...]

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In My Shoes: A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

My name is Katie Kauffman and I am the Social Worker for PACC. When asked to write this blog post, I was coming out of a tough week (as many of us face in our work) and hopefully can shed some light on the impact not only we as medical providers have, but also the [...]

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5 Myths About Quitting Smoking

If you or someone you know is thinking about quitting smoking, congratulations!  We want you to know you can quit and stay quit—without excuses!  Here are the top five myths about quitting smoking we hear in the Quit Tobacco Program at HealthNet. Myth 1:  I have to set a quit date. Fact:  Some quit smoking [...]

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International Plain Language Day!

Did you know October 13th is International Plain Language Day?  Plain language – or everyday living room language – is communication your audience understands the first time they read or hear it.  They don’t have to go back and try to define words they don’t understand.  Plain language helps you to: find what you need [...]

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Habits for a Healthy Heart!

Did you know that today is World Heart Day? The World Heart Federation celebrates September 29th as World Heart Day to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, with approximately 17 million annual global deaths (1). There are many simple things you can do to improve your [...]

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