Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
February 2019 issue



YOU’RE INVITED: reimagine conference on April 10-11


TRAINING AVAILABLE: Winter and Spring 2019

IN-CAA earns IREC recertification

TRI-CAP accredited for quality service by Healthy Families America

Prosperity Indiana honors David Miller

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YOU’RE INVITED: reimagine conference on April 10-11
A conference to shed light on adverse childhood experiences

National leaders in health care, public health and child development have identified adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our country today.

On April 10 and 11, Northwest Indiana Community Action will lead a public – private coalition in hosting the two-day reimagine conference at the Patrician Banquet Center in Schererville, Ind. The conference is designed to engage and educate multiple sectors in the community about ACEs and their long-term impacts on children. 

The conference agenda will include:

  • The option of a morning or afternoon pre-conference poverty simulation and film screening
  • A keynote speech by Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
  • Breakout learning sessions
  • A 30 Years of Fair Housing reception, hosted by the Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance

[REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE and get full event details.]

Why should I attend?

By organizing communities across sectors to recognize and appropriately address ACEs, we can improve health outcomes, reduce costs and help people build resilience — the ability to “bounce back” from their adverse experiences. We expect a number of outcomes from the conference:

  • Attendees will become familiar with ACEs research and resilience and what it means for their organizations
  • Communities will organize initiatives to become trauma responsive and build resilience
  • Two follow-up grants will be made to support community resilience initiatives in Lake County
  • 2019 Northwest Indiana Fair Housing Education will be provided in partnership with Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance

What are the long-term dangers of ACEs?

Exposure to ACEs can have lasting negative effects on health and well-being and has contributed to early onset of disease, disability and death. ACEs are common in the general population, with 6 in 10 adults reporting that they have experienced at least one ACE. The prevalence of ACEs and their profound impact on health and behavior have significant impact on all sectors of our communities.

This conference promises to challenge your concept of community and shatter pre-conceived notions of who belongs. When you reimagine a community that cares, includes and makes connections for all its members, you will transform the places where you live and work!


TRAINING AVAILABLE: Winter and Spring 2019

Please join us for winter and spring 2019 trainings!

There will be webinars on improving customer service, team building trainings to enhance our agencies, motivational interviewing for those who work with clients, and trainings on communication and negotiation strategies.

Contact Amy Carter at or (317) 638-4232 to register or use the links provided. 

Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks as new trainings are added.

DATE TRAINING (click to register)
2/8/19 Working with Difficult Clients (Webinar)
2/28/19 Team Building - Madison
3/8/19 Customer Service & Communication Skills (Webinar)
3/11/19 Motivational Interviewing - Jasper
3/28/19 Team Building - Fort Wayne
4/23/19 Difficult Conversations - IN-CAA
5/29/19 Influence and Negotiation - IN-CAA



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IN-CAA earns IREC recertification

IN-CAA is proud and excited to announce it was awarded its 2019 certification renewal from the Interstate Renewal Energy Council (IREC), a not-for-profit that offers quality and competency standards, accreditation and certification programs for clean energy educators and training in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The certification enables IN-CAA to provide DOE- and LIHEAP-funded weatherization training in the state of Indiana and across the country.

The detailed accreditation process begins from scratch every five years. This year, it included:

  • Demonstrating that IN-CAA trains to specific industry jobs that have been defined by a Job Task Analysis (JTA) study (Chris Willman & Michael Hastings)
  • Ensuring compliance with building, classroom and vehicle safety (Ed Gerardot)
  • Ensuring compliance of all contracts and human resource documents (Michelle Carson)
  • Capturing and submitting all documentation into the IREC system (Melissa Dauby)
  • Completing a site visit and exit interview by an IREC consultant (Walter Money) to ensure full document compliance and a complete understanding of the teaching curriculum.

“We were so excited to hear that Mr. Money was impressed with our training team and had gotten great feedback from the quality interviews he conducted,” said Chris Willman, part of the IN-CAA team working toward reaccreditation. “We’re proud to have gotten through the five-year reaccreditation process with flying colors, and we did it with the support of a great team of people — the entire Indiana weatherization family.”


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TRI-CAP accredited for quality service by
Healthy Families America

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced this month that its affiliate program, Healthy Families America (HFA), has reaccredited TRI-CAP as a provider of high-quality, home-visiting services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

“We are honored to receive this accreditation from Healthy Families America again,” said Nikki Lasher, TRI-CAP Healthy Families program manager. “Our staff members work hard to ensure that we provide our families with the highest quality home-visiting services that we can.”

The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The process involves an in-depth examination of the site’s operations and the quality of the visits made by HFA home visitors.

“We commend the TRI-CAP organization for opening itself up to such an intensive review process,” said Kathleen Strader, national director of HFA. “We believe that all families and all communities deserve access to quality, home-visiting services.”

TRI-CAP Healthy Families making progress

Each TRI-CAP home visitor receives extensive training in a wide range of areas that can cause stress and worry for new parents, including:

  • Caring for a new baby
  • Ensuring the baby is receiving the needed nutrition
  • Promoting healthy child development
  • Coping with other potential stresses like finances, housing, relationships and more.

TRI-CAP’s HFA site is located in Jasper, Ind., at 607 Third Ave. The site services families residing throughout Dubois, Spencer and Warrick Counties. In 2018, TRI-CAP’s Healthy Families program served a total of 104 families, conducted 940 home visits and provided 878 referrals for community resources. In addition, 65 assessments were conducted for the year, and 157 physical and social-emotional developmental screens were completed on 50 children. The free services are provided to families at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

“I love Healthy Families!” said a TRI-CAP Healthy Families client. “My daughter is medically complex, so I stay home with her. It's been so amazing to have someone visit every week, no matter what. We talk about my daughter and things going on with her, and she gets just as excited as I am about reaching milestones. I always recommend this program to other moms, too.”

About PCA America and HFA

PCA America was established in 1972 with the belief that child abuse and neglect is preventable. The not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization is committed to preventing child abuse in all forms through education, research, public awareness and public policy development. Today, PCA America has 50 statewide chapters.

HFA is a signature program of PCA America that has been providing home-visiting services for more than 20 years. It’s an effective and proven evidence-based, home-visiting program according the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


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Prosperity Indiana honors David Miller

The leaders of Prosperity Indiana are pleased to announce David Miller as this year’s winner of the John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding leaders in the field of rural community economic development. Miller is the CEO of the Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation, a Community Action Agency headquartered in Mitchell, Ind.

Under David’s leadership, Hoosier Uplands was able to support other local organizations with mini grants to improve, create and sustain their services. They also assisted more than 551 patients in their home-health and hospice programs and more than 1,400 in their Serenity Now clinic in Bedford. They continue to serve as an Area Agency on Aging, Community Action Agency, licensed Home Health Care and a Community Housing Development Organization, while overseeing Head Start programs.
David Miller's commitment to innovation can also be successfully measured by the services, changes and overall impact that he and Hoosier Uplands continue to make, including:

  • The 2015 restoration of the historic Mitchell Opera House. Today, the community is able to enjoy community events, film screenings and live-music entertainment.
  • Completing the Eagle Place Apartment Project in Loogootee, Ind.
  • Expanding their Head Start program

Those who have worked with him on real estate projects have seen his hard work and dedication to collaboration in action. From the application process, the consultants, the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and many others within his organization, it truly is a team effort. And David knows how to surround himself with good people who continue to work together to make an impact each and every day.

About the award

Prosperity Indiana established the John Niederman Rural Development Leadership Award in October 2014 to honor John for his passion, commitment, knowledge, perseverance and leadership in Indiana’s rural communities.


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