The AWS Foundation has provided over $1.8 million in grant money to 13 different nonprofits in northeast Indiana.

The largest chunk of change awarded by AWS Foundation went to Turnstone to the tune of $1.2 million over two years to help cover operating expenses. Other organizations who benefited from AWS’ generosity include the Ivy Tech Foundation, who will use money to expand disability services and increase accessibility, and Fort Wayne Civic Theatre to help them create sensory friendly performances.

Standing order to make measles vaccine available

Kids aren’t the only ones who should be protected from the measles.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box has made the decision, via standing order, to open up access to the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine for all people without a prescription. The vaccine costs will be billed to the patient’s insurance provider.

Measles has been in the news in recent months as the once-eradicated disease makes a comeback, infecting an estimated 700 people across 22 states, including one in Indiana. The main cause of transmission has been through children who are not vaccinated against the virus as recommended.

“Vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease, and we want to remove any barriers that may prevent Hoosiers from being protected during this nationwide outbreak,” Box said in a statement from ISDH. “Even one case of a disease that had largely disappeared is too many, and our hope is that this proactive step will help prevent additional cases in Indiana.”

Senior facility opens doors to Fort Wayne

StoryPoint Senior Living has established in Allen County with the grand opening of its newest facility StoryPoint Fort Wayne.

This senior living facility will offer services and personnel to give its residents the level of independence they need and want. StoryPoint also boasts “gourmet dining” and various enrichment activities to ensure residents are able to lead active, engaging lives while living there.

“We have established that we’re going to serve seniors differently,” Jill Henderson, executive director at StoryPoint Fort Wayne, said in a statement. “…For us, it means being fully committed to providing not only quality service, but also the absolute best experience for each of our residents.”

StoryPoint Fort Wayne is located at 3715 Union Chapel Road in Fort Wayne.

Meeting moms where they’re at

The Indiana State Department of Health wants to let Indiana mothers know that they are not alone by upgrading its MOMS helpline.

Now, in addition to calling or visiting the helpline online or through the app, moms looking for support can send a text. This new channel will allow for the helpline to send referral links to mothers looking for care or information on taking care of their babies whether it be medical care or a place to get baby supplies on a budget.

“We are always looking for more ways that technology can be used to improve Hoosiers’ health,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said. “Adding an innovative text feature to the MOMS Helpline helps us connect even more Indiana moms and babies to the community services they need and is another tool in our fight to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate.”

The MOMS helpline can be reach by text at 844-666-7898 for English and 844-737-6262 for Spanish. Those who prefer to call can do so at 844-624-6667 or via the ISDH Liv-Pregnancy App, which can be downloaded from app stores on Apple and Android devices.

Chelsea Boulrisse is an experienced reporter who primarily covers health care and the medical device industry. You can send information for her weekly column to cboulrisse@kpcmedia.com or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3310.

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