Be the first to hear the findings from the report "Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area," a companion piece to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health's September 2016 "Report on the Tobacco Epidemic in Marion County and Indiana." This discussion will take place from 7:45 to 10 a.m. on June 29 at WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian St. Register today.
Retail access to various smoking products is an important consideration when discussing community action to improve a community's health. Studies show that tobacco outlet density and proximity are linked to tobacco use, particularly in poor areas. The study used socioeconomic data culled from the SAVI community information system to examine the density and proximity of tobacco outlets relative to vulnerable communities in Marion County. Karen Comer, director of collaborative research and health geoinformatics for The Polis Center, will present findings from the SAVI analysis of retail access in Indianapolis. Panelists for the discussion include:
- Virginia A. Caine, director, Marion County Public Health Department.
- Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO, Fairbanks Foundation.
- Paul K. Halverson, professor and founding dean, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.
- Bryan Mills, president and CEO, Community Health Network.
Carmel Wroth, managing editor for WFYI's Side Effects Public Media, will moderate.