News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 19, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: March 19, 2013


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Health at stake in Medicaid issue

From the federal fiscal-cliff discussions to the issue of state-level Medicaid expansion, ideological standoffs continue to be an obstacle to reasonable dialogue and effective policymaking.

No matter your political stance on the Affordable Care Act, it is now law. Indiana has the opportunity to join 26 other states in accepting the federal dollars already designated to adequately fund Medicaid and increase access to affordable healthcare.

Under current Indiana law, non-disabled, non-pregnant, childless adults under 65 cannot get Medicaid no matter how poor they are. Increased access to healthcare for everyone ensures a healthier, happier, more productive Indiana.

Too much is at stake for Hoosiers to be left behind: 30,000 jobs, $108 million in new state and local tax revenue per year, and the health and lives of an estimated 450,000 hard-working Hoosiers.

Rather than reinventing the wheel, Indiana should join other states and a network of support in expanding and improving Medicaid.

— Lindsay Helmbock

Statewide organizer

Citizens Action Coalition

Social workers promote resilience

On March 1, the National Association of Social Workers began its annual celebration of one of the nation’s largest professions. March is National Professional Social Work Month and this year’s theme, “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy,” emphasizes the value of using personal strengths and self-advocacy to manage serious life challenges.

“Social workers strive every day to help millions of people function better in their environments,” says NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH. “They also work to change environments that may limit individuals, families and communities.”

As field coordinator of Indiana State University’s Department of Social Work, I would like to recognize the following people, our current field instructors and task supervisors, for their generosity and professional guidance to our social work students. Without them, we simply could not offer the quality of education that we try to uphold.

Very special recognition to: Amy Atterson, Rose Aycock, Michael P. Baker, Randy Berg, Paula Bishop, Nyala Bolen, Scotia Brown, Melissa Burns, Tamara Carter, Shelly Chadd, Peter Ciancone, Pam Connely, Savannah Cox, Stephanie Cox, Emberly Cox, Heidi Decker, Laura Dever, Diana Edwards, Jim Edwards, Chris Flora, Kelli Fuller, Deb Gargol, Mike Goodwin, Jackie Haddix, Jo Beth Haviland, Nancy Haynes, Lacey Heaton, C. Craig Hedrick, Julie Hoeppner, Brad Huffey, Tammy Hunter, Kara Jones, Julie Kasis, Lorrie Kelley, Deb Kesler, Melissa Ketner, Wendy LaBate, Bill Livers, Rev. Tim Long, Pearl Maddox, Mandy Meyer, Josh Michael, Jana Mishler, Natasha Newcomb, Karen Nussmeier, Amanda Otieno, David Pearson, Kim Pepelea, Tina Pitts, Jody Pomfret, Sheila Priester, Tom Pryor, Jaimie Royal, Sandy Sanders, Sarah Schroeder, Jenny Scott, Audrey Sermersheim, Laurie Setliff, Kathy Stagg, Debra Stinson, Jennifer Todd, Tyra Trueblood, Michael Underwood, Shelley Vicars, Sandy Waldridge, Myra Wilkey, Mary Yelton and Mollie Zeller.

Recognized as a top growth profession, social work professionals continue to influence and improve services in hospitals, schools, businesses, military branches, government, and thousands of nonprofit and community organizations across the country.

There are currently more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth to 800,000 by the year 2020.

I wish the best to our current senior students, as they will soon join the ranks as social work professionals.

— Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey

Department of Social Work

Indiana State University