Vitality Magazine

OUR WORK IN ACTION  Stories from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation strives to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people by addressing some of the city’s most significant challenges and opportunities. Vitality Magazine is your forum to learn more about our work through stories from our grantees and key partners.

Adequately Training Providers is Key to Improving Indiana’s Healthcare Capacity

In its work to address substance use disorder in Central Indiana, Community Health Network identified a critical need to grow the supply of health professionals trained to treat addiction as well as behavioral health conditions. This led to the development of the Behavioral Health Academy™.

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Leadership Development Improves School Culture and Student Success

An effective school principal is a key component to improving student outcomes. That is why The Mind Trust is partnering with Relay Graduate School of Education to ensure more Indianapolis school leaders are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive as leaders.

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Pre-K Provides the Building Blocks of Academic Achievement

Indiana’s early childhood education system has lacked a standard approach to measuring early math and literacy skills in Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. The Kindergarten Readiness Indicators (KRI) helps early childhood providers like Early Learning Indiana address this critical information gap.

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How Teaching Remotely Has Brought One Educator Closer to Her Students

When schools first closed, Ashya Thomas felt “like a first-year teacher again.” But she’s learned to adapt and deepened relationships as a result.

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Introducing Cadence: Financial Officer, Marching Band Member & Modern Apprentice

Hands-on workplace experience turned Cadence Snider’s uncertainty about her future into a clear path toward a good-paying career.

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Safe Syringe Access and Support Program Provides Roadmap to Long-Term Recovery

Haley Bohannon overcame substance-use disorder more than four years ago. Now she’s supporting others on the road to recovery.

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Social Emotional Learning and Skills Are Needed for Success in School and Beyond

District leader shares how his schools have made social emotional learning (SEL) a priority and the impact that has had on students, especially during the pandemic.

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