Health

Meridian Dental to Provide Free Dental Exams for Children

By Hannah Dunckel— MUNCIE, IN– Meridian Health Services is providing FREE dental exams for one-day only for children ages 1 to 14 on Monday, February 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Meridian Dental locations throughout Indiana. This event, Give Kids a Smile®, is part of a nationwide initiative led by the American Dental Association to provide children in need with quality oral health care and education. Oral health is a vital part of whole-person health. Untreated dental diseases…

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Black History Month: The Pivotal Role of African Americans in Indiana’s Medical Advancements

By Darryl Lockett— INDIANAPOLIS—Access to quality healthcare is vital to the wellbeing of every American. Indiana is no different. As we celebrate Black History month, it is important to reflect on the rich history of African Americans in Indiana’s medical progress and how far we have come. As Health Equity Director at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, I recognize that the health inequities we face are not fated or destined, but rather challenges that we can overcome and change….


Hoosier Businesses Seek to Transform Indiana Health Care

By Indiana Business Health Collaborative—  INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Major Indiana employers recently announced the creation of the Indiana Business Health Collaborative (IBHC), a coalition of innovators, job creators, and other health care stakeholders focused on reducing health care costs, maintaining a healthy workforce, and strengthening Indiana’s economic competitiveness. This unique partnership will convene members around its five guiding principles: Collaboration Competition Education Commitment and Results These principles will help drive market-based solutions that aim to lower the cost of care…


Meridian Health Services to Change Community Outreach Programs in 2024

By Hannah Dunckel— MUNCIE, IN – After 14 years Meridian Health Services’ premier charity gala, Rialzo, has come to an end, but not before creating a path to make a broader impact on the communities Meridian serves. “Rialzo has served us well drawing attention to the causes we have supported for so long,” said Seth Warren, President and CEO of Meridian Health Services. “We are equally excited about what lies ahead.” Over the years, Rialzo has supported addiction recovery, youth…


Exercise Your Way Into a New Year

By: Nicole L. Koontz— MUNCIE, IN—For many Americans, the holidays are several weeks packed with the hustle and bustle and stress over wearing the perfect outfit, picking out the perfect gift and hosting the perfect party. During all of this, they find themselves stressed out and lacking energy. Many forget about taking care of themselves and wish for a recovery day from the holidays. The simplest way to reduce those stress levels and improve your health is to just get…


Visitor Restrictions to Begin at IU Health Locations

By IU Health— INDIANAPOLIS—Due to a rise in reported cases of flu and other respiratory viruses, IU Health will begin limiting visitors at its healthcare facilities to prevent spreading and protect patients and team members. All IU Health hospitals except those in the South Central Region will limit visitors beginning Tuesday, Dec. 26. South Central Region facilities will limit visitors beginning Wednesday, Dec. 27. Riley Hospital for Children is already observing restrictions. IU Health Infection Prevention recommends wearing a mask…


Open Door To Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations at Monthly Clinics

By Suzanne Clem— MUNCIE, IN – Community members who have not yet received the updated COVID-19 vaccine have the opportunity to do so at upcoming Open Door Health Services clinics. Covid vaccination clinics are the second Thursday of each month from noon-6 p.m., through March. The clinics take place at Open Door’s downtown Muncie health center, located at 333 S. Madison St. Vaccination remains no-cost and is open to ages 6 months and older. No appointment is necessary. While those…


IU Health to Launch New Urgent Care Facility in Muncie

By Courtney Schmoll— MUNCIE, IN—IU Health is broadening access to care for minor illnesses and injuries for those in Muncie and surrounding communities with the launch of its newest urgent care. Co-located in the same building as the IU Health Imaging Center, the new urgent care will also house an IU Health Employer Solutions clinic, which will offer care to city, county, and school employees. The new urgent care opens on Monday, Dec. 11 at 2598 West White River Boulevard…


Navigating Your Way to Health Insurance: Open Enrollment for Health Insurance is Happening Now

By Jenni Marsh— MUNCIE, IN—From November 1 to January 15, people not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or affordable employer insurance can shop for healthcare plans at Healthcare.gov. As the Public Health Emergency put in place during the pandemic is ending, Indiana is doing redeterminations. If you have recently lost your Medicaid Coverage, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), or Hoosier Healthwise (HHW) coverage, now is the time to explore your options on the Marketplace. However, there is more to understanding the most…


Men Don’t Take Preventative Health Care Seriously and It Nearly Cost One CEO His Life

By Seth Warren— MUNCIE, IN—For the last several years I’ve participated in No Shave November, which is a movement that encourages us all to have conversations about cancer prevention. As you may know, hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment. So, I’m more than happy to participate. Go ahead, ask me about my beard. I’ll tell you my wife and her persistence are the reason I’m alive today. Men’s Health Awareness Month and “No Shave November” work…