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                                                  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2020 11:30 AM-1:00 PM EDT In today's social climate, conversations about race seem inevitable. Parents are challenged with deciding when and how to have these conversations. Some parents may wonder if there is an age too young to talk about race? Silence about race can reinforce racism by allowing children to draw their own conclusions. These conclusions are shaped by society and can lead to implicit bias. Come learn strategies on identifying and minimizing implicit bias and leave equipped with tools to guide your discussion with children about race.   This webinar is being presented by Redgina Hill, PhD, Founder & CEO  Redgina Hill Consulting, LLC . The webinar will be hosted by Cathy Boswell and Jill Summerlot, IN*SOURCE Regional Program Specialists. Please register by 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 5.  Register Now This webinar is free and open to the public. Certificates of attendance are available for

AACAP's Facts for Families

Not all children grow from infancy through their adolescent years without experiencing some bumps along the way. While every child is unique and special, sometimes they encounter emotions, feelings or behavior that cause problems in their lives and the lives of those around them. Families often worry when their child or teenager has difficulty coping with things, feels sad, can't sleep, gets involved with drugs, or can't get along with family or friends. AACAP's  Facts for Families  provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.   Searchable guide here: Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_ Families/Layout/FFF_Guide-01. aspx?hkey=c2dc89fb-aac1-4308- 9297-eedfe7755b92  From American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

The next Open-Enrollment Period begins on Sunday,  November 1, and runs through Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Coverage begins January 1, 2021. If someone doesn’t enroll in a plan by December 15, they can’t get 2021 coverage unless they qualify for a  Special Enrollment Period .  See blog/open-enrollment-2021- dates/ . For a refresher on coverage and benefits, see the September 10 blog post on,  Marketplace health benefits & coverage: What to know .

Understanding Mood Issues with Children and Teens

Mary Halladay, LCSW has over 30 years of social work experience and serves on the board of the Hamilton County Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). She will be presenting to parents, loved ones and ANYONE interested in learning about mood issues with children and teens.   She will discuss the impact of stress on us all, how it affects the brain and body, as well as what helps/hurts when children and teens are stressed. She will discuss some red flags of concern, getting help, building a support team, self care and some resources available.   A representative from NAMI INDY will share specific resources as well.   There will be a Q&A discussion after the presentation is completed.   There is NO COST to attend but registration is limited. ALL are welcome!   If you experience any technical difficulties, please TEXT the Hamilton County DBSA phone number 317-270-2472 for assistance.   Register in advance for this webinar: webinar/register/WN_ 8q7KywRZ

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

  The goal of Pre-ETS is to have youth employed or on a career path prior to leaving high school. Pre-ETS consists of five core services listed below and is part of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services offerings. Job exploration counseling:  Finding out what you may want to do Work-based learning experiences:  Trying out jobs to learn more Counseling on postsecondary opportunities:  Working to develop further education Workplace readiness:  Developing work skills Instruction in self-advocacy:  Being able to get what you need, when you need it. Provision of these services has been challenging during the pandemic. Stone Belt contracts with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation to deliver work experience and job skill training to 80 youth across several counties. MaryEllen Jones, Stone Belt Youth and Family Supports Manager, is in charge of Pre-ETS for a large area in south-central Indiana. She reports that working with schools has been difficult since each has had a different response

Equitable remote learning in early care and education

  Join @ChildTrends, @mitchcenter,   @DrLaWandaWesley, and more on September 30 at 1:00pm E.T. for a conversation about ways preschools can support equity in virtual learning during COVID-19 among under-resourced communities. #edequity  https:/ / register/7054700109950264332

What is the Ticket to Work Program?

The Ticket Program supports career planning and development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits and want to work. Through this   free   and   voluntary   program, eligible individuals work with Ticket Program service providers, like  Employment Networks   (EN) or   State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies , that guide and support them through the employment process, from career planning to maintaining long-term employment and achieving financial independence. Ticket Program service providers offer services to job seekers with disabilities, ranging from help writing resumes and preparing for interviews to requesting accommodations. They also offer eligible individuals continued support while they are working. Many service providers also offer  benefits counseling . Certified Benefits Counselors help job seekers better understand how working will affect their benefits and how to use  Work Incentives  to ease the path to successful employment

Flu Shot Facts for Patients

  4 Facts About the Flu Shot from Indiana Immunization Coalition on Vimeo . When it comes to the flu shot, healthcare providers have heard all the excuses: “ The flu shot gives you the flu. ” “ I’m healthy; I don’t need a flu shot .” “ I got it last year. ” “ It doesn’t always work. ” Trying to convince patients to get their annual flu shot can be challenging. Here are some flu shot facts to help you meet that challenge and  encourage your patients to get vaccinated against the flu .  Flu Shot Facts Can the flu shot give you the flu? No.  Flu vaccines are made with either ‘inactivated’ flu viruses that have been killed and therefore are not infectious or by using a single gene from a flu virus . The single gene produces an immune response without causing an infection. However, an immune response can cause mild symptoms such as achy muscles or a low-grade fever. Do healthy people need to get a flu shot? Yes, even healthy people should get a flu shot. The flu virus can spread quickly