MDwise partners with nonprofit to bring message of resiliency to South Bend


In an effort to bring awareness to April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, MDwise is partnering with the Family & Children’s Center in South Bend to host An Evening with Elizabeth Smart on April 11.
The victim of a highly publicized abduction in 2002, Smart will share her story of resiliency, hope and recovery. She was held prisoner for a grueling nine months, with her captors threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police returned her to her family.
“Sadly, child abuse cases in Indiana have doubled in the last decade, according to the most recent reports available from the Indiana Department of Child Services,” said Hollie Arruda, director of marketing at MDwise. “MDwise wanted to get involved in this event to highlight the problem, but also to put a spotlight on resiliency and the strength required to overcome.”
WHAT:  An Evening with Elizabeth Smart to bring awareness to child abuse
WHEN:  April 11, 6 p.m.
WHERE:  Century Center, 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., South Bend
Unfortunately, the event is already sold out.

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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 throughout 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. For more information, visit