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February 2019

Preparing our future workforce

Indiana needs to fill nearly 1 million jobs in the next three years. With so many technological and innovative changes happening across most industries, parents and educators need resources to prepare their students for the future job market.

To support student growth and workforce readiness, proposed legislation would strengthen and grow relationships between local employers and schools.

By establishing the Career Coaching Grant Program, local businesses and schools would be able to work together to develop career pipelines for K-12 students. Students would participate in a career navigation system that would prepare them for jobs in their area, and schools would receive funding to tailor their systems to their local needs.

The bill also prioritizes career and technical education courses. Currently, students can obtain a few CTE credits, but not enough to graduate high school with a meaningful credential that makes them employable. This bill would provide comprehensive CTE opportunities that enable students to enter a program in high school and graduate with the employable, stackable and transferable credentials that employers seek.

This legislation is an important step in continuing to support our students and provide them with the resources they need to succeed in the Hoosier workforce.

To track this and other bills, watch committee meetings and view session live, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website here.

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Reducing Indiana’s Infant Mortality Rate

With the seventh-highest infant mortality rate in the nation, there is much to be done in our state to ensure more Hoosier babies live to celebrate their first birthday. The Indiana House passed legislation this session to help engage more at-risk expectant mothers in early prenatal care.

Under this proposal, medical providers would check for signs of substance abuse in pregnant women through a consultation and refer those in need to treatment programs as early as possible. This goes hand-in-hand with our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, because for pregnant mothers who use drugs or consume alcohol, there is often a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

This legislation would also establish a perinatal navigator pilot program, which would help expectant mothers receive prenatal care sooner, and provide referrals for wrap-around services and home-visit programs in the 13 highest-risk counties.

House Bill 1007 builds off previous legislative efforts, including Safety PIN, which is a grant available to health departments and other health care related entities, or nonprofit organizations focused on addressing infant mortality.

Although Indiana’s infant mortality rate remains stubbornly high, taking these vital steps will help connect those most in need to medical resources before, during and after birth.

To track this and other bills, watch committee meetings and view session live, visit the Indiana General Assembly’s website here.

 

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