Experts say developing evidence-based programs that address environmental factors is key to curbing teen drug use.
Indiana Youth Services Association CEO Robin Donaldson headlined a forum hosted by the Indiana Youth Institute in Greenwood on Thursday.
Through group discussion, videos and workbook activities, participants learned how to prevent and identify child sexual abuse.
In the 2014 edition of KIDS Count, Indiana ranked 27th in children’s overall well-being.
According to a report from the Indiana Youth Institute and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state has more children living in poverty than it did in 2008.
The Indiana Youth Institute wants to help counselors promote college alternatives such as apprenticeships, the military, and industry certifications.
Suicide prevention advocates are working to make inroads at the Statehouse, preparing lawmakers to deal with the issue.
More than one in ten children in Indiana live in high-poverty areas.
The Indiana Youth Institute says many factors contributing to high infant mortality are preventable, including smoking and obesity.
Hoosier kids are healthier according to various indices, but 23 percent still live below the federal poverty level.