Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Wake Up! with United Way: Re-Imagining Health Care

Re-Imagining Health Care in Monroe County & Beyond
Federally Qualified Health Center: A Solution to Critical Health Challenges
Thursday, November 14th
For the past 12 years, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) has been the only source of free health care for uninsured and medically underserved residents of Monroe and Owen counties. When VIM was established the primary need was to provide access to medical services for the large segment of the population that was uninsured. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Healthy IN Plan 2.0 (HIP), Indiana’s alternative to Medicaid expansion, Monroe County now has a large number of people who are insured. 
Unfortunately, people living in poverty that become insured are still living in poverty and still face the challenges that substandard housing, unemployment, lack of transportation, and food deserts have on physical and mental health. Over the past two years, VIM has been re-imagining its role in the health care space for low-income and underserved individuals, recently announcing a transition to a Federally Qualified Health Center. This transition offers great potential to bring forward transformative solutions to our community’s critical health challenges.
Join VIM’s Executive Director, Nancy Richman, Ph.D., MPA, on November 14th to learn more about what VIM does, as well as the how, why, when, and where of this upcoming transition and what it will mean for our community. Special guests Jon Barada, Bloomington Health Foundation, and Tina Peterson, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, will be joining also. Bring your questions and bring your appetite for breakfast!
What: Wake Up! with United Way: Reimagining Health Care in Monroe County & Beyond 
When: Thursday, November 14th, 7:45 am - 9 am
Where: The Mill, 642 N Madison St.
Your $10 ticket will cover the cost of breakfast, with remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County's efforts to address our community's critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow.
We look forward to seeing you at The Mill!
Parking information:
The Mill is located at 642 N Madison just across the street from Upland Brewing. Vehicles may be parked at the lot at 10th and Rogers, the Morton Street garage at 220 N Morton St, or on-street on 11th or Rogers. There is bike parking on the West and South sides of the building and the #2 Bus travels along Morton street.
Please enter through the lower entrance, near the southwest corner of the building.
If you need accessible parking, please contact Alison Zook at
Presenting Sponsor:
Wake Up! with United Way is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University's Political and Civic Engagement Program, with thanks to Old National Bank for series support.
What would you like to see for the Wake Up! with United Way 2020 series?
Interested in sponsoring an additional season of Wake Up! With United Way? Opportunities for series sponsorship are available now. Please contact Sherrie Shuler at or 812-334-8370 x13 today!
Previous Events:
On October 10, the topic "The Work Ahead: United Way's Advocacy Agenda 2020" was explored. Kathryn Habecker, impact and advocacy manager of Indiana United Ways shared with us ways to be a good advocate, tools to fuel our advocacy, and information about Indiana United Ways' advocacy and policy priorities for 2020Read more >>
On September 12, the topic "Homelessness: Unpacking the point in time count was explored. Is homelessness on the rise locally? Nationally? How do we know what the trends are, and who makes up this population? The Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, took us through the data, as well as the volunteer-intensive process for gathering it each year. Read more >>
On August 8, the topic, "Autism Spectrum Disorder: What to Know” was explored by Jim Wiltz, PhD HSPP, a licensed psychologist with 25 years experience working with people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He is the director of Milestones, the clinical division of Stone Belt, that specializes in the support of people with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Read More >>
On July 11th, panelists Jeff Baldwin, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington; Kaitlin King, LCSW, Senior Clinical Therapist at Catholic Charities Bloomington; Jerry M. Jesseph, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Professor with the IU School of Medicine; and Jacek Kolacz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist with The Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC) Kinsey Institute Indiana University explored the topic of "Unteachable and Difficult - Understanding Childhood Trauma.” Read more >>
On June 13th, coffee and scones were the perfect pairing with the third monthly Wake Up! With United Way breakfast panel. More than 30 attendees got up bright and early on Thursday, June 13th to participate in a discussion about “Disability and Inclusivity in the Workplace." Panelists included Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Services for LifeDesigns; Randy Paul, a longtime local community organizer and activist; and Angie Vandersteen, Business Development Manager with Indianapolis-based disability partner, Tangram Business Resourcing. Read more >>
On May 9th, community members were up bright and early to learn more about the topic “Evicted! Poverty, Policy, and the Law” during the second monthly “Wake Up! with United Way” breakfast panel. The crowd of more than 40 attendees gathered at The Mill to hear from panelists Marcy Wenzler from the Housing Law Center at Indiana Legal Services, Sarah Boomsma from the Bloomington Housing Authority, and Sandi Clothier, from Monroe County United Ministries. Read more >>
On April 11th the topic "Homelessness in Bloomington” was examined by the Rev. Forrest Gilmore of Shalom Community Center, Emily Pike of New Hope for Families, and a member of the community personally impacted by homelessness. Read more >>
About the series:
Join us the second Thursday each month from 7:45am to 9am for breakfast, networking, and an enlightening presentation and discussion of timely topics. Alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area: homelessness; innovative treatments for substance use disorder; the intersection of housing and poverty; raising children in the 21st century; and disabilities in the workplace, among others. You’ll have the opportunity to deepen your awareness about someone else's reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations, and resources available through area nonprofits.

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