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Who’s Who: Kevin Mickey

Posted on Jul 6, 2017

In the movie Father of the Bride, Steve Martin’s character says, “Who presents this woman? This woman? But she’s not a woman. She’s just a kid. And she’s leaving us. I realized at that moment that I was never going to come home again and see Annie at the top of the stairs. Never going to see her again at our breakfast table in her nightgown and socks. I suddenly realized what was happening. Annie was all grown up and was leaving us.” “I think all fathers feel pretty much that way,” said Kevin Mickey. “Here’s...

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SAVI Talks! Unequal Access

Posted on Jun 30, 2017

Our SAVI Talks! program on tobacco retail access in the Indianapolis metro area on June 29 was a resounding success, imparting critical information to the public for discussions on the impact of tobacco usage to population health, local economics, and public policy. Program highlights included the presentation of findings from the report, Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area, produced by The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI Community Information System. It serves as a companion piece to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks...

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Who’s Who at The Polis Center: Gloria Harmsen

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

Gloria has worked at IUPUI for nineteen years, providing administrative support for School of Medicine faculty and research centers before coming to Polis and as a finance assistant. Her duties here include being the Building Coordinator, a “key” position (she fixes problems with the access key cards), which sends her in search of the source of strange odors and ceiling leaks. Her finance tasks keep her on her toes. “No day is the same. There is always something new to do because University changes policies unexpectedly.”...

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New IU Grand Challenge initiative to tackle major environmental threats to Hoosier health, economy

Posted on May 31, 2017

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced that IU will invest $55 million to help Indiana develop actionable solutions that prepare businesses, farmers, communities and individual Hoosiers for the effects of ongoing environment change. The initiative—Prepared for Environment Change—is the second project funded through IU’s $300 million Grand Challenges Program which launched in 2015. Indiana is already experiencing heavier spring flooding and hotter, drier summers, and the pace of change is expected to increase. The...

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SAVI Talks! Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Posted on May 10, 2017

Did you know? In 2016, the smoking rates of the five healthiest states ranged from 9.1-13.8%. Indiana ranks 39th with a smoking rate of 20.6%; Marion County’s smoking rate is 21.8%. Maternal smoking is nearly twice as high in high tobacco access areas.  Tobacco costs Indiana $6 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity. Join us Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:45-10:00 a.m. at WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 for SAVI Talks! Be the first to hear the findings from the report, Unequal Access: Tobacco...

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Sharon Kandris Appointed Associate Director at Polis Center

Posted on May 10, 2017

The Polis Center at IUPUI is pleased to announce that Sharon Kandris has been named Associate Director. In this role, she will lead center-wide initiatives, cultivate the development of new initiatives and project opportunities, expand community partnerships to further the Center’s mission, direct the community informatics area as a special focus of attention for the Center, address operational issues, and oversee strategic planning. “This is an exciting time to take on fresh challenges because The Polis Center is undergoing a new...

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Social Media Coordinator

Posted on Mar 10, 2017

The Polis Center at IUPUI is seeking a talented individual who wants to make a difference. In this role, you will be promoting the SAVI Community Information System (SAVI), a free online data resource which helps nonprofit organizations, academia, and government agencies improve strategic planning and programming efforts. Your primary goal is to increase the visibility and awareness of SAVI. In short, SAVI engages organizations by: Identifying their data and information needs Providing reliable, up-to-date facts about social, economic, and...

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SAVI Community Assessment and Planning Tool

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

Assessing your community’s needs and assets is an important first step in planning community improvements. In fact, users report “community assessments” as the number one use of the SAVI community information system, helping them make more informed decisions about program priorities and identifying existing community resources. We’ve made this process much simpler for you with the easy-to-use SAVI Community Assessment & Planning Tool. The big improvement is that it streamlines planning, pulling together the most critical...

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IndyVitals Tool Nominated as Innovation of the Year for TechPoint 2017 Mira Awards

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

18th Annual Event Honors ‘the best of tech in Indiana’ IndyVitals–a digital neighborhood monitoring tool developed by The Polis Center at IUPUI in partnership with the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development–has been nominated as Innovation of the Year for the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce. The Innovation of the Year Award category recognizes scientific achievements, the results of R&D...

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POLIS CENTER OFFICIAL WINS PLACEMAKING AWARD TO GALVANIZE BLIGHTED INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

Lashawnda Crowe Storm, Spirit & Place Community Engagement Director for the Polis Center at IUPUI, and Phyllis Viola Boyd are the award-winners of a three-year, $200,000 grant from Artplace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund to support their public safety and neighborhood improvement project, RECLAIM. RECLAIM will use art to develop vacant spaces along an unsafe, walking corridor traveled by elementary school children in northwest Indianapolis into a safe pathway where blight is transformed into beauty and economic opportunity. The...

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