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TOMORROW IS WORLD "NO TOBACCO" DAY
Join the World Health Organization and pledge #NoTobacco on May 31

Indiana continues to lag behind other states on curbing tobacco use.

The statewide smoking rate is 21.1%, making Indiana one of 10 states with the highest smoking rates. 

Each year, 11,100 Hoosiers die prematurely from cigarette smoking, and another 1,400 nonsmokers die from secondhand smoke. And every household in Indiana - smokers and nonsmokers alike - pays annual federal and state taxes totaling $1,125 due to healthcare costs driven by tobacco use.

This World "No Tobacco" Day, join us in calling for #NoTobacco. You can also read our report on the tobacco epidemic in Indiana and learn more about proven steps all of us can take to significantly reduce tobacco use. 

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Dick Fairbanks' Contributions to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

For many Hoosiers, the month of May means only one thing: it’s race time.

Throughout the month, lifelong Hoosiers and visitors from around the globe come to Indianapolis to celebrate the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – the Indianapolis 500. From the annual 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the 500 Festival Parade downtown, to the qualifying races and final practice laps at Carb Day, the entire month is filled with activities building up to race day.

Last Sunday, May 26th, an estimated 300,000 people attended the race in person, but millions more followed along at home on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network – thanks in part to our founder, Richard M. “Dick” Fairbanks.

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT
PURDUE POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL INDIANAPOLIS - BUILDING SKILLS FOR AN EVOLVING WORKFORCE

An Interview with PPHS Head of School, Scott Bess
By Ellen Quigley, Vice President of Programs
In 2017, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation awarded a $1.25 million three-year grant to support the launch and replication of Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis (PPHS), a first-of-its-kind urban high school model aimed at developing a new generation of talent with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to meet the needs of an evolving workforce.  Combining personalized learning with project-based curriculum, Purdue University created this model to establish new pathways for Indianapolis’ low-income, under-represented minority students to continue their higher education at Purdue.

Learn more about how PPHS is reimagining high school in order to better prepare students for college and career in an interview with Head of School, Scott Bess.
MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING FOR CHILDREN MUST BE THE NORM
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

If a person in the United States is diagnosed with cancer or diabetes, in many cases, she can access excellent, evidence-based medical care that is paid for by insurance.

Contrast that with the common experience for someone suffering from a substance-use disorder, who is often put on a waiting list for treatment that might or might not be evidence-based, and who is forced to pay for most of this care out-of-pocket. Yet, cancer, diabetes and substance-use disorder are all serious diseases. Why, then, do we treat them differently?

This was a topic David Sheff, author of the memoir “Beautiful Boy” about his son Nic’s battle with addiction, explored during a recent event at Butler University. It wasn’t until years later when Nic was eventually diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder that he finally received the medical care necessary to address the underlying causes that contributed to his early experimentation with drugs.

The Sheff's family story is not unique. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 8.5 million adults in America had a co-occurring mental illness and substance-use disorder in 2017.

What if we added mental health screenings to every child’s annual well-child check-up? Would identifying and treating any mental illnesses early on help reduce substance-use disorder later in life?

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