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December 1st, 2021

Huntington County Healing Partners and Parkview Huntington Hospital work together to provide education grant

Hunting County Healing Partners, an organization run by Parkview Huntington Hospital, has provided a grant to McMillen Health to help educate PreK-12th grade students within Huntington County on mental health, obesity, and drug abuse. This grant will allow 250 students to receive preventive health education at our facility, via Outreach where our educators travel to their location, via live distance learning from our green screen rooms, or via E-Learning for weather closures. Thank you to Parkview for continuing our mission of providing vital, effective preventive health education that promotes physical, emotional, and social well-being!

November 29th, 2021

PHP: Adapting Services to a New Reality

With only two operational distance learning (DL) studios at the time, Nicole knew McMillen could not meet the increasing demand for E-Learning and DL programs, so it was evident they would have to add more studio space to meet requests for this programming format. Through the generosity of donors, McMillen was able to add four mobile green-screen studios to their existing teaching theaters. Simply put, a “green screen” lets a video editor add background images behind actors, or in this case, health educators. Green screens are used in film production and also in news and weather reports to place a desired background behind the subject. McMillen Health uses green screens which allow students to view the educator and the presentation at the same time, on screen. McMillen Health has been providing DL since 2012, but not on the scale necessary to meet the growing national demands during the pandemic.

McMillen Health also quickly renovated a former inventory room into a multipurpose room. This allowed the room to be used for programming, a DL studio, and lunch overflow once students returned to the facility. With the additional mobile green-screen rooms, McMillen educators served 37,594 children and adults through live DL in 2020-2021, a 697 percent increase from 2019-2020 fiscal year.

 

November 22nd, 2021

McMillen Health Offers Healthy Tomorrow App to Women with Opioid Use Disorder: Nonprofit Seeks 300 Allen County Women to Pilot New Maternal and Infant Health Tool

McMillen Health is reaching out to organizations that serve pregnant or recently pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) and their babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in Allen County with a new tool offering a Healthy Tomorrow. Indiana’s rate of NAS is about 30% higher than the national average: 15.7% of all Indiana babies test positive for opioids and opioid use rates continue to skyrocket. Agencies can contact McMillen Health for promotional kits to share the recently launched Healthy Tomorrow app in an effort to reach 300 Allen County women who will help pilot the tool. McMillen’s Healthy Tomorrow app fills a vital education gap for women and children with OUD and NAS.

“Healthy Tomorrow was born from the stories of women with OUD who could not find reliable, quality health information on pregnancy, infancy and OUD and its far-ranging implications,” says Nicole Fairchild, Executive Director of McMillen Health, the oldest independently operated health education center in the US. “Healthy Tomorrow delivers friendly, easily-digestible health education in short video format for women and their infants, babies and young children. Agencies who serve Allen County women with this diagnosis can help us reach them with this tool.”

 

November 18th, 2021

Executive Director, Nicole Fairchild, Speaks at NNOHA Annual Conference

Thanks to the Delta Dental Foundation, our Executive Director, Nicole Fairchild, was able to speak about innovative dental resources for adults with chronic conditions at the NNOHA Annual Conference! Without the Delta Dental Foundation, these resources would not be possible for McMillen Health.

L to R: Holli Seabury, Nicole Fairchild, and Barbie Vartanian

 

October 16th, 2021

McMillen Health Plans Fundraiser for 40th Anniversary

McMillen Health will mark four decades of service with a fundraiser at Parkview Field on Friday evening.

McMillen’s latest project is using a $442,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Health to continue two pregnancy-prevention programs for youth in Kosciusko, Blackford, Elkhart, Jay, Fulton and St. Joseph counties.The Choices Today, Options Tomorrow program for grades nine through 12 was launched in 2015. Promoting Health Among Teens, a program for grades six through eight, started in 2017. Combined, they will offer pregnancy prevention to at least 2,000 youths, a news release said. The nonprofit reaches almost 70,000 children and adults each year.

 

October 8th, 2021

McMillen Health Announces 2021’s Varied Abilities Day

We are excited to announce this year’s Youth and Adult Varied Abilities Days- days that are dedicated to health education for students with special needs. These days are made possible through funding from the AWS Foundation. Call us to learn more and schedule a group for free!

 

August 4th, 2021

McMillen Health Receives Funding from the Indiana Department of Health

Thank you to the Indiana Department of Health for providing funding to continue curricula that equip youth with the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to stand up for healthy life choices in the areas of sexual activity and related risky behaviors.

“Through this funding opportunity, McMillen Health will provide pregnancy prevention curricula to at least 2,000 youth in grades 6-12 throughout Indiana,” said Nicole Fairchild, McMillen Health Executive Director.

 

February 25th, 2021

McMillen Announces New Exhibit in the Great Hall

We are happy to announce a new exhibit in our Great Hall, made possible thanks to funding from the AWS Foundation! The Follow Your Brain exhibit demonstrates how messages in your brain respond to trauma or stress. Educational videos play in the center of the brain display. Thank you also to Candor Health Education for donating the brain so we could renovate it for our purposes!

 

January 4th, 2021

McMillen Health Receives Remaining Funding for Healthy Tomorrow App

Exciting news! McMillen Health has received the remaining contingency funding of $25,000 necessary to move forward with development of an app for women suffering from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) who are pregnant or have recently given birth.

Initial funding in the amount of $47,750 was pledged from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation contingent on matching funding from other supporting organizations. Additional support from the PHP Foundation, English-Bonter-Mitchell, and Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Foundation has been received, allowing release of the initial funding from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.