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Engaging Fathers, Building Healthy Families: Part 2

Check out part two of Omega Tandy’s interview with a male home visitor from Healthy Families, Alan Goffinski. Click here to view part 1. Can you share a success you have had in working with fathers? Recently, a father that I meet with moved his family into a new home in a safer neighborhood!  This [...]

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How home visitation program can help the age group with the highest rate of victimization and maltreatment

A report done by the National Center for Children in Poverty showed the factors that increase the risk of infant maltreatment.  These factors are: smoking during pregnancy infant having two or more siblings Medicaid enrollee unmarried infant low-birth weight less than high school education teen mother short spacing (under 15 months) between pregnancy poor pre-natal [...]

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The End of Fiscal Year 2011 is near… 3 things you can do to start FY2012 off right

We have been seeing the budget talks in Washington going on for basically the entirety of Fiscal Year 2011, which started off with multiple Continuing Resolutions.  FY2011 was full of debates on funding cuts, and it doesn’t stop now. The Senate agreed on a stop-gap funding bill yesterday, that if passed by the House will [...]

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Child Passenger Safety Week and why we give a care!

It is Child Passenger Safety Week and HealthNet is celebrating because of a grant we received from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The Child Restraint Distribution Grant program provided us with funding to purchase and distribute 100 infant car seats to expecting mother’s enrolled in our Better Indy Babies Program who can not afford one. [...]

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Using Twitter to learn about child seat safety?

Yep! We are promoting it.  If you are a parent, getting ready to become one, or just generally interested in child seat safety, then you can follow along on Twitter tomorrow to find tips, tricks, and techniques. This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is coming to [...]

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Give A Care about Indy’s Children and have a party at the same time!!

First weeks of college are starting – throwing a house party? Football season is starting – planning on tailgating with a group of friends? Summer seems like it is fading away – are you trying to host one last cookout? Adding the FUN to fundraising during one of these events is what Prevent Child Abuse [...]

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Three steps to show you give a care about Indy

So, as I have said before in an earlier post, the first half of this year has been a lot about getting HealthNet content into the web stream and social media outlets, so that you can learn more about us, who we serve, and how we go about doing so. Now, we want to hear [...]

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4 Days until July 4th Weekend: PART TWO – Better Indy Babies & Healthy Families

In the second part of our ‘4 Days until July 4th Weekend’ blog series, we would like to introduce you to another great outreach program.  This program gets young people on the right track even before they enter this world… ——————————————————————– Meet – Better Indy Babies/Healthy Families Better Indy Babies (BIBs) is a free home [...]

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Giving a Care about Indianapolis parents & children..

Our Better Indy Babies/Healthy Families (BIBS/HF) Programs celebrated the successes of many inner-city Indianapolis parents and children about a week an a half ago at their 11th Annual Family Picnic!  Around 400 families were present at Garfield Park on the pretty steamy Friday.  Lunch was provided for all. The day also included PLENTY of activities [...]

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Teen birth rate is increasing?

Indiana has gone an entire decade with decreasing teen birth rates, until now. From 1997-2005, we have seen a decrease in teen pregnancy from 32.1 per 1000 female teens to 20.5 per 1000 female teens.  However, that number rose from ’05 to ’07 and now stands at 21.9. The Indiana Youth Institute sent out an [...]

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