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How Can We Effectively Engage and Treat Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder?

How Can We Effectively Engage and Treat Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder?

Alex Cohen is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The opioid epidemic continues to plague Indianapolis and the rest of the state. With the rise in opioid misuse, there has been a parallel surge in pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Infants born to opioid-dependent mothers are at a high risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. NAS, which results from babies experiencing withdrawal from opioids once they leave the womb, leads to dehydration and …
Health
Our Commitment to Improving Student Learning Outcomes in Indianapolis

Our Commitment to Improving Student Learning Outcomes in Indianapolis

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. A well-educated population is critical to the vitality of Indianapolis and the continued competitiveness of our state. Unfortunately, too many students graduate from high school unprepared for college or careers. For example, according to the latest report from Indiana‚Äôs Commission for Higher Education, 18 percent of students who graduated from high school in Marion County required remediation in math a…
Education
Proven School-Based Prevention Programs: One Key to Tackling Addiction to Opioids & Other Drugs

Proven School-Based Prevention Programs: One Key to Tackling Addiction to Opioids & Other Drugs

Alex Cohen is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Substance use is a significant problem in Indianapolis and across the state, and it often begins early. Intervening during school-age years, even as early as elementary school, has the potential to prevent substance use and put children on a path for success in school and as adults. Fortunately, there are a number of school-based substance use prevention programs backed by strong, scientific eviden…
Health
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