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APRIL IS NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH
This National Minority Health Month, we ask the question: why do black and multiracial Hoosier adults have a higher prevalence of obesity than white adults?

Every April, we celebrate National Minority Health Month in order to call attention to the health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities across the country. This year’s theme of “Active and Healthy” living is timely, given the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation’s recently released report on the obesity epidemic in Marion County and Indiana.

While the state's obesity rate is alarming, what is even worse are the disparities between racial groups, even amongst our youngest Hoosiers. 

Why do these disparities exist, and how can we address the underlying inequities that cause them?

IN THE NEWS
$1.45 Million Grant from the Fairbanks Foundation Will Support Launch of Syringe Service Program in Marion County

This month, the Marion County Public Health Department took an important step in launching its Safe Syringe Access and Support (SSAS) program by unveiling a mobile unit that will be used to operate the county’s first-ever syringe services program.

The Fairbanks Foundation awarded a three-year, $1.45 million grant to support SSAS’s primary need: lab and medical supplies, including syringes, sterile water, cotton pellets, sharps containers, and HCV/HIV rapid tests.

Click below to view a sample of media coverage of this announcement.

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT
Newfields announced $21.7 million in gifts, including $10 million from the Fairbanks Foundation, to revitalize its campus

At an event on Saturday, April 6th, Newfields outlined its vision to revitalize the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park and grow its capacity to serve with the support of a $10 million, 10-year grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The grant builds on $15 million in previous gifts from the Foundation to launch the park in honor of Virginia B. Fairbanks, the late wife of our founder, Richard M. “Dick” Fairbanks. Her daughter Judge Elizabeth N. Mann serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Judge Mann joined the event at Newfields this month to discuss how the Foundation’s grant is an honor to her mother’s lifelong love of gardening and passion for nature and wildlife conversation.

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