Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter

October 2019






Working toward equal pay: IIWF series details five policies that could build a thriving, inclusive workforce

Pace announces grand opening of fourth Health Connection Clinic


Kosciusko County residents now have better access to healthcare

TRI-CAP offers mobile mammography event

Navigators available to help clients with healthcare Marketplace open enrollment





Working toward equal pay: IIWF series details five policy strategies to build a thriving, inclusive workforce

The Indiana Community Action Association, its agencies and partners believe that all Hoosiers should have the opportunity to support their families with jobs that pay adequate wages and allow them to balance work and family.

But unless our policymakers and community and business leaders work to combat bias and establish basic labor standards and work supports, we will continue to see unequal outcomes that keep Hoosiers from achieving their full potential.

Pay discrimination is only part of the equal-pay problem. Many workers — disproportionately women and people of color — face structural barriers to accessing and persisting in high-quality career options. Removing these barriers would allow our families, communities and economy to thrive.

This month, the Indiana Institute for Working Families released a series of policy briefs on five key strategies that promote an inclusive, thriving workplace. Each brief includes analysis that breaks down why it matters and how legislative action to support it would promote equal opportunity and equal pay.

Those key strategies are:

  • Equity-focused career counseling

The roots of occupational segregation begin early in one’s career (even before it begins), but equity-focused career counseling has the potential to broaden the range of career options Hoosiers consider and pursue.

Read the policy brief to learn why occupational segregation ultimately means that women and people of color continue to see significant wage and wealth gaps, have less saved for retirement, struggle to pay debts and are more likely to experience poverty — plus policy recommendations to combat the issues.

  • Supports for pregnant workers

Workers shouldn’t have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and their jobs. Reasonable accommodations and paid leave enable pregnant and parenting workers to persist safely in the workplace.

Read the policy brief to learn why providing support for pregnant workers is crucial to the health and livelihood of both the mother and child. The brief also provides policy recommendations that can help women continue working safely while pregnant, recover from childbirth and return to the workforce without fear of losing their jobs.

  • Affordable, accessible childcare

Childcare is essential for working parents, yet far too many cannot find affordable, high-quality options. At the same time, childcare workers and preschool teachers often experience financial hardship.

An eye-opening example statistic from the brief: The estimated yearly cost of infant child care in Indiana is $11,795. For that amount to be considered “affordable” by the US Department of Health and human Services, the household would need an annual income of at least $168,500.

Read the policy brief to learn how families, communities and employers would all benefit from a more robust, affordable early childcare system. The brief also outlines policy recommendations to support this goal.

  • Fair scheduling

Just-in-time scheduling practices disproportionately harm caregivers. Conversely, notice and control promote the ability to plan child care, obtain post-secondary credentials, secure transportation to work and budget appropriately.

Read the policy brief to understand the scope and effects of unstable scheduling on workers — who are disproportionately women, black and Latinx — who work in jobs with irregular hours that are not within their control. Also learn how these practices affect the workers’ children, how employers can provide stable schedules and how leaders and policymakers can break this barrier for Hoosier workers.

  • One fair wage

Sub-minimum wages disproportionately harm women, people of color and people with disabilities. One fair wage sets a floor for all types of work.

Read the policy brief to learn more about how the tipped minimum wage has its roots in racial discrimination, the disparate impact of the tipped minimum wage and policy recommendations (including raising wages for all working people — both tipped and non-tipped) that can eliminate the need for employees to put up with abuse, protect workers from wage theft, and provide a more stable floor upon which to base budgets.

“Recently released Census Bureau data clearly shows that there is still a great deal of work to be done in Indiana to ensure that all Hoosiers — regardless of their gender, race, or other protected status — can achieve financial stability and reach their full potential and support their families,” said Jessica Fraser, Director of the Indiana Institute for Working Families. “It’s critical for us to make policy changes to create a more inclusive workforce and make it possible for all workers to thrive.” 

For more about equal pay, visit the Wage Gap page of the IIWF website.


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Pace announces grand opening of fourth Health Connection Clinic

Tomorrow (Nov. 1), Pace Community Action Agency will be holding the grand opening of its new Health Connection Clinic in Sullivan.

The clinic will provide confidential, comprehensive family-planning services to men and women of child-bearing age on a sliding-fee scale, with charges based on household income and family size. It will be staffed with a certified family nurse practitioner, a nurse and other qualified personnel.

Services include:

  • breast and cervical screening
  • contraceptive methods
  • adolescent abstinence/risk behaviors education
  • screening, diagnosing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • pregnancy testing and counseling
  • condom distribution
  • education.

“Access to medical services is a universal issue that affects rural areas, including our community,” says Michelle Pitcher, Pace’s Clinical Services Director. “Health Connection’s clinic will help close the gap in the provision of services provided.”

Pace has been providing reproductive health care services in the surrounding communities for 50 years. Additional Health Connection clinics are located in Vincennes, Washington and Terre Haute.


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Kosciusko County residents now have better access to healthcare

A $17,500 grant from K21 Health Foundation and $26,250 in matching funds from Covering Kids and Families Indiana are boosting access to healthcare for residents in Kosciusko County.

Brightpoint knows that finding and applying for health coverage can be difficult. Its local Covering Kids and Families program includes licensed healthcare navigators, who help consumers review their options and guide them through the enrollment process.

The grant and matching funds will help Brightpoint assist its clients in applying for and maintaining health insurance coverage. The funds will also allow Brightpoint to increase its outreach and health-literacy activities.

“The impact of this program is not only to help qualified residents get health coverage, but the relationship that is established allows Brightpoint to assist in helping them keep coverage active in future years when renewal periods happen,” said K21 President and CEO Rich Haddad.

Brightpoint is currently scheduling appointments for residents interested in health coverage through Medicaid or the Healthcare Marketplace.

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TRI-CAP offers mobile mammography event

TRI-CAP has teamed with Deaconess Mobile Breast Center and the Tri-State Affiliate of Komen to offer mobile mammography services at its office (607 Third Avenue, Jasper) on Nov. 6.

Services will be provided on a sliding scale, and most forms of insurance will be accepted.

During the event, uninsured residents can receive free assistance in obtaining affordable health insurance through TRI-CAP healthcare navigators.

TRI-CAP’s health, housing and education services change lives, empower families and improve communities. By bringing mammography services to its clients, it is making this important screening easily accessible and improving the likelihood that some of the clients who take advantage of the screening could find cancer that hasn’t yet presented through any signs or symptoms. When breast cancer is caught early, there is a 99% survival rate after five years.


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Navigators available to help clients with healthcare Marketplace open enrollment

The federal healthcare Marketplace open enrollment period begins Nov. 1 and concludes Dec. 15. During this time, individuals or families who have not qualified for a special enrollment period throughout the year can enroll in health insurance. Medicaid program members may also change their coverage provider or make changes to their plans during this time.

Covering Kids and Families Indiana has partnered with several Community Action Agencies to provide health insurance navigators. Navigators are licensed and trained to offer unbiased, no-cost assistance to Indiana residents.

“Navigators assist clients with viewing the health insurance plans and choosing the plan best suited for their family,” said Pace Community Action Agency’s Gibson County health insurance navigator Jody Puro.

For more information about health insurance navigators, visit


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