MDwise sponsors 14th Annual "Above the Influence" Teen and Social Service Fair in Michigan City

Event prepares teens for peer pressures of life, corresponds with Teen Self-Esteem Month

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Today, teenagers from Michigan City, Ind., participated in the 14th Annual “Above the Influence” Teen and Social Services Fair sponsored by MDwise, Indiana’s only not-for-profit managed health care organization. The event which took place at Michigan City High School expected to see over 1,500 local teenagers, all interested in gaining valuable knowledge on standing up to negative pressures and influences, including stress, bullying, self-image, relationships, and drug use.
The event, organized by the Open Door Adolescent Health Center, is in its fourteenth year. The “Above the Influence” theme reflects a national initiative created and implemented by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. It is inspired by real teens who have expressed how they deal with the influences in their lives and shape their decision.
The campaign’s focus is on helping teens to live above the influence and better preparing them to do so. This Teen and Social Service Fair provides teenagers with useful knowledge on how to recognize these negative influences and arms them with the tools to make smart decisions in the future.
“As a statewide health care-focused organization, we understand the importance of educating our youth on issues such as drug use,” said Dr. Caroline Carney Doebbeling, chief medical officer of MDwise. “With social media, the internet and smart phones, the avenues in which teens can feel peer pressure today is immense. By joining forces with local organizations like the Open Door Adolescent Health Center, we hope to reach this demographic and play a role in helping them to make smart decisions about their well-being and health.”
"Open Door Adolescent Health Center is proud to announce the collaborative partnership with MDwise again for the 2011-2012 school year at Michigan City High School and with our ‘Above the Influence’ Health Fair,” said Debbie Briggs, director for the Open Door Adolescent Health Center. “Each year we have relied on the generosity and community spirit of local organizations, like MDwise, to provide support in order to host this important health education and screening event for our youth."
This event is part of MDwise’s comprehensive program to promote the healthy well-being of Hoosier children and teens through special activities and outreach.

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends.

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