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Fairbanks Foundation Releases Report Showing Indiana Lost Out On Its Fair Share of Federal Funds to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

In FY 2017-18, the federal government allocated $11 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, but did states get their fair share? This week, the Foundation released a new report, a Comparison of State Share of Federal Opioid Funding to State Share of Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths, that highlighted the way federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic is allocated creates clear winners and losers.

For example, Indiana had 4% of all opioid-related overdose deaths nationally but received less than 2% of federal opioid funding. The report and executive summary are available on the RMFF website.

Click below to view a sample of media coverage of the report:

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT
Teach For America Indianapolis - Recruiting and Preparing Educators to Lead the Movement for Educational Equity in Indianapolis

An Interview with Teach For America Indianapolis Executive Director, Amar Patel
By Ellen Quigley, Vice President of Programs

Teach For America (TFA) expanded to Indianapolis in 2008 as a critical source of leadership talent for a growing education reform movement in our community. TFA seeks to develop collective leadership for educational equity, excellence, and broader systems change – in its students and its corps members. Annually, TFA recruits over 60 diverse individuals as corps members who commit to teach for two years in an Indianapolis public school. 

Since 2009, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded grants to TFA Indianapolis totaling more than $5 million.

Learn more about Teach For America Indianapolis in an interview with the Executive Director, Amar Patel.

NEW ON OUR BLOG
Overdose Deaths Fell in 2018 - That's Reason for (Cautious) Optimism

By Alex Cohen, Director of Learning and Evaluation

In July 2019, the CDC released preliminary estimates that showed, for the first time since 1990, a decline in overdose deaths in the United States—by approximately 5 percent from 2017 to 2018. This decline is borne out in Indiana and Marion County as well. In Indiana, data from the CDC and provisional data from the Indiana State Department of Health show a decline of more than 10%. Marion County, which has the highest overdose death count in the state, saw a similar decline, according to data from the IU Public Policy Institute’s Center for Health and Justice Research.

That is, of course, great news. However, as several have noted, it’s too early to declare that the drug overdose epidemic is over.

Alex Cohen, Fairbanks Foundation Director of Learning and Evaluation, explains what this decline in overdose deaths does – and doesn’t – mean in a new blog.

Indiana's Moonshot Should Be To Become A Healthy State
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

Fifty years ago, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo lunar module on the moon and became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface. Just eight years earlier, President John F. Kennedy had established a national goal of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

Achieving this goal, Kennedy asserted, would require unwavering leadership in the face of inevitable setbacks, long-term resource commitments, and a high degree of coordination and discipline across numerous organizations.

In this same spirit, Indiana should establish its own moonshot—a bold goal that will benefit all Hoosiers. Here’s one idea: By 2030, Indiana will be a healthy state.

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