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The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future?  How might we, as a nation, do better? 

In this film these questions are investigated through different lenses: 

  1. What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body?  
  2. What it is like to be a parent today? 
  3. What policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?  

Join us for the viewing of the first installment in the documentary series which covers all three of these issues. We will then have a solutions-based panel discussion about how to reframe the way we look at early child health and development and how the community can make a difference. For more information about this film visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Dearborn and Ripley counties, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities. 

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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for Indiana youth between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. In order to help, it is important to recognize the warning signs or signals of suicidal intentions.  

Join us for this presentation about youth suicide that will discuss primary and secondary prevention and intervention approaches. Information will focus on improving and impacting the health of individuals, and populations, by: 

  • encouraging multi-disciplinary collaborations; 
  • bringing together many different perspectives and experiences to enrich and strengthen solutions for many diverse communities;  
  • preventing suicide related behaviors before they occur by addressing a broad range of risk and protective factors; and 
  • providing necessary interventions in crisis situations. 

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David J. Berman, MPA, MPH

Title: Director of Development – Mental Health of America; Director – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana; Chair – Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council

In his many roles, David J. Berman, MPA, MPH, provides advocacy, supports, and education related to mood disorders, and leads various suicide/primary prevention and public health efforts. David is the Chair of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council and serves on several additional Division of Mental Health and Addiction advisory boards. 

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Food insecurity has long-term effects on the mental, physical, social and economic health of children and families. Households for which the availability of food is uncertain, insufficient or limited due to economic, physical or other constraints are considered “food insecure.” In Jefferson County, 19 percent of children live in households without secure access to adequate nutritious food. 

When children don’t get enough food, or don’t have a well-rounded diet, they have more trouble performing in school and maintaining overall health than their peers. Research shows food insecure children are more likely to suffer from illness, to have developmental delays, and to have health deficiencies that track into adulthood.  

Join us for this panel discussion to: 

  • better understand the definition of food insecurity; 
  • learn about the causes and implications of food insecurity for families and the community; and  
  • discover community resources available in Jefferson County to those who are food insecure. 

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Lt. Vinal Lee

Title: Pastor – Salvation Army Jefferson County

Eddie Cozart, NEP

Title: Community Wellness Coordinator – Purdue Extension Jefferson County

Krysten Snyder

Title: Education Director - Lide White Boys & Girls Club

Maureen Staicer

Title: Jefferson County WIC Clinic Manager

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Dearborn and Ripley counties, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities. 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that children who are abused or neglected often suffer both temporary and long-term physical and emotional harm; childhood maltreatment is associated with depression, suicide, alcoholism, criminal behavior and future abuse as an adult. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services, the child abuse and neglect rate has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. In 2017, the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline handled more than 244,000 calls and there were just under 34,000 substantiated assessments of child abuse or neglect in the state.  

Individuals who have contact with children as part of their jobs (teachers, police officers, lawyers and social services staff) are the most likely to report alleged child abuse or neglect, followed by friends, relatives and neighbors who submit reports. During this presentation by Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, you will learn: 

  • the four types of child maltreatment; 
  • to better understand both behavioral and physical indicators of child maltreatment; 
  • Indiana’s mandatory reporting responsibilities; and 
  • abuse and neglect prevention strategies. 

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Carol Pool

Title: Prevention Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (PCAIN)

Carol Pool received her Master of Social Work from Indiana University in 1990. She worked as a patient representative at Methodist Hospital for five years in the critical care areas, then became an educator and lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Indiana for 13 years. Carol then joined PCAIN as prevention educator and she also facilitates the Nurturing Fathers program held at Edinburgh Correctional Facility. 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Switzerland County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Charlie Geier

Title: Vice President, Impact, Data Solutions & Statewide Advocacy - Indiana Youth Institute 

Charlie Geier provides both strategic and innovative leadership to maximize the positive impact on communities and the healthy well-being of youth. He leads the Impact and Data Solutions division, which provides critical data and resources to empower partners and peers and is also responsible for the organization’s work in statewide engagement and advocacy.

Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute 

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities. 

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According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row.  

Join us for this presentation to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression. 

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David J. Berman, MPA, MPH

Title: Director of Development – Mental Health of America Director – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana Director – Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Chair – DMHA Indiana Recovery Council

In his many roles, David J. Berman provides advocacy, supports, and education related to mood disorders, and leads various suicide/primary prevention and public health efforts. David is the Chair of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council, and serves on several additional Division of Mental Health and Addiction advisory boards  

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Food insecurity has long-term effects on the mental, physical, social and economic health of children and families. Households for which the availability of food is uncertain, insufficient or limited due to economic, physical or other constraints are considered “food insecure.” More than 19 percent of children in Scott County live in households without secure access to adequate nutritious food. 

When children don’t get enough food, or don’t have a well-rounded diet, they have more trouble performing in school and maintaining overall health than their peers. Research shows food insecure children are more likely to suffer from illness, to have developmental delays, and to have health deficiencies that track into adulthood. 

Join us for this panel discussion to: 

  • better understand the definition of food insecurity; 
  • learn about the causes and implications of food insecurity for families and the community; and  
  • discover community resources available in Scott County to those who are food insecure. 

This event is funded in part by Scott County United Way and Scott County Community Foundation

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Tony Stidham

Title: Child Care Director – Scott County YMCA

Eddie Cozart

Title: NEP Community Wellness Coordinator – Purdue Extension Scott County

Michelle Watts

Title: Austin 21st Century Community Learning Center, School-based Pantry – Scott County School District 1

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Bartholomew County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues. Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth.

A certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees at the event.

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Charlie Geier

Title: Impact, Data Solutions & Statewide Advocacy - Indiana Youth Institute

Charlie Geier provides both strategic and innovative leadership to maximize the positive impact on communities and the healthy well-being of youth. He leads the Impact and Data Solutions division, which provides critical data and resources to empower partners and peers and is also responsible for the organization’s work in statewide engagement and advocacy.