MDwise helps Hoosier families with school supply giveaways

7/10/2019
 
The cost of school supplies can cause stress in households across the Hoosier state at back-to-school time. For that reason, MDwise is donating more than 5,000 drawstring backpacks full of school supplies to students at back-to-school events through mid-August.
 
Tools for Schools is part of a MDwise program that promotes the well-being of Hoosier children through activities and outreach. The MDwise community outreach team work with local organizations to identify students’ needs, and then MDwise provides and coordinates delivery of needed supplies. 
 
“We recognize that proper school supplies often aren’t easily accessible to all students, but are pertinent to educational success,” said Nicki Gilbert, outreach supervisor at MDwise. “This program helps ensure young Hoosier students have the tools they need to thrive and grow in the classroom, and beyond.”
 
A sampling of recipient organizations follows.
 
  • Anderson – Covering Kids and Families of Open Door Health Services
  • Aurora – Covering Kids and Families Southern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation
  • Evansville – Delaware Elementary School
  • Fort Wayne – Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Gary – Marram Health Center
  • Indianapolis – Child Advocates, Shalom Health Center, Justified by Faith Baptist Church, Covering Kids and Families Central Indiana
  • Kokomo – Indiana Health Center
  • Logansport – United Way of Cass County
  • Michigan City – Michigan City Area Schools
  • Munster – Franciscan Alliance
  • Richmond – Covering Kids and Families Wayne County
  • South Bend – Abundant Faith Family Ministries
  • Terre Haute – Wabash Valley Health Center
  • Valparaiso – Health Linc Health Center

About MDwise
MDwise is an Indiana-licensed nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to 300,000 Medicaid members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities across Indiana.
 
MDwise is a provider-owned health plan with a large network of doctors, specialists and hospitals located throughout the state. By meeting the basic requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) rigorous standards for consumer protection and quality improvement, MDwise was awarded NCQA’s accreditation status of Accredited for service and clinical quality.

Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to their family and friends, a rating that helped the organization earn a Gold Stevie Award for customer service in the 2018 American Business Awards. For more information, visit MDwise.org.
 
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Attached Photo ID: MDwise Outreach Supervisor Nicki Gilbert hands a backpack to a child at the Covering Kids and Families event in Anderson on June 20, 2019.
 
Media Contact:  Hollie Arruda, 317-822-7360, harruda@mdwise.org and Jen Thomas, 317-441-2487, jen@jtprinc.com
 

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About MDwise

MDwise is an Indiana-licensed nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to 300,000 Medicaid members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities across Indiana.
 
MDwise is a provider-owned health plan with a large network of doctors, specialists and hospitals located throughout the state. By meeting the basic requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) rigorous standards for consumer protection and quality improvement, MDwise was awarded NCQA’s accreditation status of Accredited for service and clinical quality.

Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to their family and friends, a rating that helped the organization earn a Gold Stevie Award for customer service in the 2018 American Business Awards. For more information, visit MDwise.org.


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