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Celebrating Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an opportunity both to celebrate the vital role that women have played in American history and to recognize and validate the very real challenges that women continue to face in our society.

For example, we celebrate the women working to prevent and address substance use disorder in Indianapolis and elsewhere across the state, including Dr. Virginia Caine, Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Marion County Public Health Department; Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner; and Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. At the same time, we recognize that there remains significant work to do when it comes to substance use disorder (SUD) in our state. For example, SUD is the most common contributing factor to Indiana's maternal mortality rate, which is an indicator of the quality of health and health care in communities. We are grateful that Drs. Caine, Box, and Sullivan lead talented teams of people working to support Hoosiers with SUD and connect them with the services and treatment they need to thrive.

The list of women helping to improve lives in Indiana is long and continuously growing, and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is honored to partner with some of these women as they strive tirelessly for the betterment of Indianapolis. Thank you to all of the wonderful women who have a hand in making our city a better place!


RMFF Data Snapshot Highlights Key Vitality Statistics

Last month, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation launched the Community Data Snapshot, a free resource for individuals and organizations with almost 200 graphs and a decade’s worth of data across our three focus areas: Education, Health, and the Vitality of Indianapolis. The Snapshot provides detailed data to support our grantees and other community partners as they work to design and implement programs and services – ideally leading to better outcomes for people in Indianapolis.

In this month’s issue of our newsletter, we spotlight some Vitality of Indianapolis data points included within the Snapshot. 

  • In 2019, the median earnings for female full-time workers in Marion County were $39,306 compared to $47,130 for males.
  • In 2019, the median earnings for white people in Marion County were $36,963 compared to $30,097 for Black people and $28,383 for Hispanic or Latino people.
  • In 2020’s general election, Marion County had a voter turnout rate of 58.9% compared to a turnout rate of 53.0% in 2016.

Learn more in the Vitality of Indianapolis section of the Community Data Snapshot. 

Indiana's 'State of Education and the Workforce'

Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders from Indiana’s education and workforce development agencies invited Hoosiers to tune in on March 11 for a discussion about the State's strategies to align Indiana's talent pipeline, from Pre-K through 12th grade, to higher education and workforce development opportunities.

Indiana Secretary of Education Katie Jenner, Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers, and Commissioner for Workforce Development Fred Payne shared their plans to help Hoosiers acquire the education, skills, and training necessary to succeed in school, in a career and in life. Watch the discussion here

CARE Plus Program Supports Pregnant and Postpartum Women Living with Opioid Use Disorder

CARE Plus is a pilot program supported by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation that uses a unique, community-based approach to help new mothers with opioid use disorder and their babies. Through support from a personal recovery coach and a parenting attachment therapist, CARE Plus is designed to decrease infant mortality, improve the long-term health of mothers and babies, and address the ongoing opioid crisis.

Read more about the CARE Plus program here, or watch a brief video from CARE Coach Kirby below.  

Indiana's Life Sciences Industry Rises to the Challenge
Patricia Martin, President and CEO, BioCrossroads

Collectively and collaboratively, Indiana’s life sciences community rose to the challenges of COVID-19 in numerous ways, and their commitment and dedication to working faster, harder and smarter – together – has helped people in Indiana and all around the globe.

We Must Improve STEM Education to be Competitive
Claire Fiddian-Green in IBJ Forefront

Against a backdrop of encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines and the excitement surrounding March Madness events in downtown Indianapolis, a new report was released by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). We can’t let this report get lost in the shuffle of today’s headline news. NSCAI’s findings make it abundantly clear that our country must take immediate action to significantly improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in America to help maintain our global economic competitiveness.

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