Class of 1998-1999

Community Information Automated Phone System

Recognizing the Problem:

  • Low community awareness and involvement in Hancock County
  • Lack of new volunteers for important issues
  • Not everyone in the county receives the daily newspaper


  • Create 467-INFO automated system
    • Contact Hancock Telecom for pricing and feasability
    • Develop marketing plan
      • Advertising boards displayed in local businesses
      • Advertising in phone book and Yellow Pages
      • Advertising in Newspapers
        • New Palestine Press
        • Daily Reporter
        • The Indianapolis Star (may be cost prohibitive)
      • Advertising on TV
        • 3 local stations have community spots available
      • Work on grant applications

Group Members:

  • Michelle Back
  • Vickie Goens
  • Kirsten Graham
  • Beth Prince

Hancock County Senior Connection

Recognition of the Problem:

  • The general population lacks knowledge of Senior Services available in Hancock County
  • Seniors/caregivers become overwhelmed wiht all of the services available and who to contact for their respective needs
  • Agency information would be best utilized by placing in public areas
  • Senior population is expected to grow in the future
    • In 1990, the Senior population numbered 31.2M, or about 13% of US population
    • By 2030, there will be 66M Seniors, or almost 22% of the population


Action Plan:

  • Survey conducted and brochure model created
    • Reaction solicited from each agency
    • Fine tuned brochure
    • Items in brochure include:
      • Checkbook balancing
      • Depression
      • Free Legal Services
      • Handyman help
      • Prescription medicine
      • Transportation

Group Members:

  • Terri Collier
  • Donna Kraus
  • Phyllis Polizotto
  • Pam Showell
  • Steve Wilson

You Have Your Health

Recognition of Issue:

  • 1997 – 1998 there was a 17% increase of charity write-off at HMHHS.
  • Hancock County had over 343 uninsured children in the second half of 1998
  • Increasing need for health care for low and border line-income families



  • Form an alliance with HMHHS to develop a satellite clinic to serve this specific population
  • Example = Community Health Center, outreach of Memorial Health Systems, South Bend, IN
    • They do not run a free clinic.  They take Medicare, Medicaid, or self-pay on a sliding scale
    • They are in a federally under-served area.  Doctor with medical school bills can work here to have debts reduced
    • They found grant money and are a non-profit organization
    • Their staff is a full-time Obsterician, a Registered Nurse, a Social Worker, and a Receptionist
    • They have a lab that does all work for free
    • They see patients in the areas of mental health, physical health, dental health, and nutrition
    • They have 150 – 200 visits a month
    • They have discovered that this program has reduced the misuse of the ER and hospital in-patient admission
    • They function in a prevention mode vs. a fix the sick mode


Team Members:

  • Craig Buskirk
  • Terry Campbell
  • Arlene Reynolds
  • Charlene Smith

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