The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana to visit East Chicago on May 1 and Gary on May 2

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WHO: The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana, a group of health care professionals, advocates, and community and business leaders from across the state who are committed to improving Hoosier health

WHAT: Indiana State of Our Health Road Show Town Hall Meetings and diaper drive benefiting the diaper bank at Franciscan Health

WHEN: East Chicago: Tuesday, May 1, 8:30 – 11 a.m. CDT
Gary: Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 – 11 a.m. CDT

WHERE: East Chicago: Ivy Tech Community College, 410 E. Columbus Dr., East Chicago, IN 46312
Gary: IU Northwest – Savannah Center, Bergland Auditorium,3400 Broadway Ave., Gary, IN 46408

Indiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the country, and it is time to change that. The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana will hold town hall meetings where community leaders, public safety workers, health care providers, and elected officials can hear about Indiana’s poor health rankings and the Alliance’s plans for 2018 and beyond.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of and share ideas with our expert presenters. In East Chicago, presenters include:
· Leo Correa, CEO, St. Catherine Hospital
· Dr. Gerri C. Browning, Health Commissioner for East Chicago
· Robert Krumwied, President and CEO, Regional Mental Health Center
· Charlie Geier, Vice President of Impact and Data Solutions, Indiana Youth Institute
· Tameka Warren, Nurse Supervisor, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana’s Nurse-Family Partnership Indiana Lake County Region
· Dr. Patrick Bankston, Associate Dean and Director, IU School of Medicine Northwest – Gary
· Michael Meska, Administrative Director for Respiratory Therapy, Franciscan Alliance
· Gary Olund, President and CEO, Northwest Indiana Community Action
· Julie Reed, J.D., Executive Vice President, Indiana State Medical Association

In Gary, presenters include:
· Raymond Grady, FACHE, President and CEO, Methodist Hospitals
· The Honorable Karen-Freeman Wilson, Mayor of Gary
· Dr. Reuben Rutland, Surgeon and Trauma Medical Director, Methodist Hospitals
· Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, President and CEO, Edgewater Health
· Dr. Cynthia Meneghini, Physician, Community Health Network
· Tameka Warren, Nurse Supervisor, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana’s Nurse-Family Partnership Indiana Lake County Region
· Denise Dillard, Chief Consultant for Government and External Affairs, Methodist Hospitals, and
Co-Founder, Indiana Health Disparities Council
· Dr. Patrick Bankston, Associate Dean and Director, IU School of Medicine Northwest – Gary
· Dr. Travis Haldeman, OB/GYN, St. Mary Medical Center
· Michael Meska, Administrative Director for Respiratory Therapy, Franciscan Alliance
· Dr. Janet Seabrook, CEO, Community HealthNet
· Roger Vogie, Medical Fitness Facility Director, Community Healthcare System
· Brian Tabor, President, Indiana Hospital Association

The Town Hall meetings are free and open to the public, but the Alliance asks that each attendee bring a package of diapers to donate to the diaper bank at Franciscan Health. The diaper bank distributes donations to northwest Indiana families through community partners, including Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana’s Nurse-Family Partnership.

Speakers will be available for media interviews throughout the events. Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Register for the East Chicago town hall here: https://www.healthierindiana.org/east-chicago/
Register for the Gary town hall here: https://www.healthierindiana.org/gary/

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