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Season’s Greetings from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation!

As 2019 draws to a close and we look forward to a new decade, we are pleased to share some highlights of our work since 2015. Thank you to our grantees and our other community partners, each of whom works tirelessly to improve the lives of people in Indianapolis and elsewhere around the state.

Advancing the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people

In 2015, the Fairbanks Foundation established funding priorities to guide grantmaking through the end of 2019. Since then, we’ve awarded grants that align with our three focus areas: Education, Health, and the Vitality of Indianapolis. Read more about some of our grantmaking since 2015 in the following blog posts.

IU Health Foundation Pilot Program Aims to Keep Families Intact 

On Dec. 12, IU Health Foundation announced a first-of-its kind collaboration with Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana University Health and Indiana University School of Social Work to support parents struggling with substance use disorder who are at risk of losing custody of their children to foster care.

The Fairbanks Foundation awarded $813,000 to IU Health Foundation to fund the two-year pilot program in Marion County. Learn more about the initiative here.

ISMA Mobile App Reaches More Than One-Third of Hoosier Physicians

In just seven months, an Indiana State Medical Association initiative to educate medical professionals about opioid prescribing and addiction through innovative technology engaged more than one-third of Indiana physicians licensed to prescribe controlled substances.

From April through October, 35% of physicians in Indiana who hold a Controlled Substances Registration engaged with ISMA’s continuing medical education (CME) on opioid topics using ISMA’s mobile app or webinars. More than 4,000 physicians downloaded the app.

The Fairbanks Foundation supported development of the mobile app and free CME content with a $230,000 grant. Explore other early findings and successes here

Reimagining Early Childhood Education
Claire Fiddian-Green and Maureen Weber, Early Learning Indiana, in the IBJ 

Research shows high-quality early childhood education builds the skills children need to begin elementary school ready to learn, and these benefits endure - especially for our most vulnerable students.

Teachers are the most important part of the formula for early childhood education’s positive impact. But our failure to prioritize training and pay for teachers suggests there’s much work to do to ensure their contributions to society are fully recognized.

To better compensate teachers and provide the training they need, we must reimagine the basic framework of the industry itself. Read about how Ascend Indiana and Early Learning Indiana are working together to address this need.

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