Prenatal & Infant Care Webinar Materials Available
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- May 2020 Webinar Recap -

Prenatal & Infant Care Providers:

How to Assess, Assist, and Refer Families
for Financial, Housing, Food & Other Needs

Research shows that "safe, stable, nurturing homes" are vital for healthy pregnancies and optimal early childhood development. Housing stability is a major, unaddressed need in the face of the pandemic. Estimates from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition find that Indiana will see a surge of 43,800 newly low-income renters as a result of COVID-19, and a total of 205,837 low-income Hoosier renter households who will need short-term emergency rental assistance in the wake of the pandemic. Northeast Indiana professionals with Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) and Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI) share how healthcare navigators, community health care workers and other care providers can assess and help clients access resources to stabilize their homes.
Key Speakers
Lisa Blanchard is the Vice President of Prevention Services for SCAN, Inc. Lisa believes we can work together to prepare parents, protect children, and educate communities to create a strong network of support for families. As the VP of Prevention, Lisa works to ensure parents in northern Indiana are equipped with the tools and resources needed to help keep their children safe. With more than 12 years of experience in the child welfare field, Lisa focuses on empowering families and engaging parents to create lasting changes in their lives. When working with families, Lisa focuses on each family’s unique situation and strengths to help them identify their own goals and a plan to help them succeed. Lisa encourages the community to find ways to learn from the families around us. Lisa values continued training of child welfare staff and trains staff on building resilience, engaging families, goal setting, and assessment. 
Libby Martin is the Director of Case Management with Lutheran Social Services who overseas the Community Partners, Gear up and ECHO teen parenting programs across 16 counties. These programs are created to help families facing the most challenging obstacles and afford them with the skills necessary to make positive life choices as evidenced by advancement toward family stability. Libby has been with LSSI for 12 years and has worked in assessment and ongoing case management services through many different service models. Libby believes that we are not alone and through this human bond with families they can achieve anything they set forth and can learn the skills to thrive. 
Kristi Stanley is the Director of Intake/Grants Manager with Lutheran Social Services. In addition, she is also the director of the Cup of Kindness/Financial Stability Program. Through this program, families receive supportive services such as case management, financial education, and empowerment, with the goal of helping them move toward financial stability. LSSI utilizes a holistic approach with individuals and families to identify barriers to long-term self-sufficiency. Kristi has been with LSSI for 21 years and is a Certified Financial Educator. Kristi believes that by empowering individuals and families to achieve economic and family stability, we are not only building families up for self-sufficiency, we are also building a stronger community.

Partner Announcements
and Information

WARNING: Masks are not for babies! 
Parkview Health pediatrician and Indiana American Academy of Pediatrics President Tony GiaQuinta, MD, wants caregivers to know that, while masks are being recognized to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, they are not appropriate for everyone.
  • Babies and children under the age of two should not wear a mask.
  • Facial coverings can make it difficult for babies to breathe and are not safe.

To protect your baby:
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid close interactions with people who do not live within your household
  • Avoid taking your baby out for nonessential reasons
Infant Vaccines:
The CDC recommends that childhood immunizations be maintained during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Super Shot is open to provide vaccinations by appointment and practicing social distancing by: spreading out appointments, limiting one parent to one child being vaccinated, checking the temperature of everyone coming in the door, moving families to a cleaned exam room as they check in, and limiting the time in our facility through expedited paperwork.
  • Super Shot is located at 1515 Hobson Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
  • They serve Medicaid, uninsured and underinsured children, and are now able to take most commercial insurance plans.
  • Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.
  • Call 260-424-SHOT (7468) or email info@supershot.org to make an appointment.
Check Super Shot's website for updated hours and services:
Take this COVID-19 Survey!
The Indiana State Department of Health is asking for feedback to help prioritize funding. A short survey that takes 15 minutes or less will ask questions about your family's and your community's health. Please take a moment to fill out the survey for a good showing from our region.

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