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Aspire distributing COVID test kits to vulnerable Hoosiers

Aspire Indiana Health is distributing more than 40,000 COVID home test kits to its community partners, schools and other nonprofit organizations in Boone, Grant, Hamilton, Madison and Marion counties.

In order to reach our most vulnerable Hoosier populations, Aspire is partnering with community organizations in our 5-county primary service area that can best connect vulnerable Hoosier populations with the rapid COVID tests. Social disparities have been shown to result in lower income, minority, urban and rural populations having less access to free testing options.

“Aspire’s core mission is to serve the underserved. That’s why we’re working with schools, safety net providers and other partners in the Central Indiana community to get these much-needed test kits into the hands of people who serve people who face healthcare barriers,” said President & CEO Barbara Scott.

Those receiving the kits include:

Madison-Grant United Schools Corporation

Hamilton Heights School Corporation

The Christian Center, Anderson

Christian Academy

Anderson Housing Authority

Homeless Ministries — Anderson

Boone County Department of Child Services (DCS)

Madison DCS

Hamilton DCS

Marion DCS

Boone County Health Department

Madison County Health Department

Hamilton County Health Department

Marion County Sheriff’s Department

Boone County Sheriff’s Department

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department

Madison County Sheriff’s Department

Good Samaritan Network

Goodwill

PACE

Operation Love

Park Place Community Center

Hope Academy

Step Up

Noble ACT

Fishers Fire Department

Man 4 Man (Anderson)

East Lynn Food Pantry (Anderson)

Salvation Army (Anderson)

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (Anderson and Fishers)

Third Phase (Hamilton)

Shelter Care (Hamilton)

O’Connor House

Trustees Offices (Noblesville and Westfield)

Buckner’s Place (Marion)

Deaf Community Services (Marion)

Glick Neighborhood Center (Marion)

Elwood Community School Corporation

Anderson Preparatory Academy

Liberty Christian

Frankton Elementary

Frankton Jr./Sr. High School

Lapel Schools

Alexandria Monroe Schools

Matchbook Learning

Indiana School for the Blind

Holy Cross (Anderson)

Ace Prep

Anderson University

Madison County Fire Rescue House

ICA (Charter School Madison County)

Fayette County Syringe Service Program

Madison County Juvenile Probation and Youth Campus

Madison County Community Corrections & Advisory Board

Suburban North Club

Carvel Club

Club East

Westside Club

Southside Club

Hamilton County Community Corrections & Advisory Board

Hamilton County Council

Hamilton County Courts

Hamilton County Probation

Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office

Hamilton County Juvenile Services

Madison County Syringe Service

Grace Baptist Church

The free test kits are made available by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to health centers and Medicare-certified rural health clinics for distribution to patients and community members. Aspire Indiana Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) certified to accept Medicare and Medicaid.

“Health centers provide primary care services to nearly 29 million people each year throughout the country, including in geographically isolated and medically underserved and vulnerable communities. Two-thirds of the population served by health centers are living in poverty, over 60% are racial and/or ethnic minorities, and nearly 1.4 million are unhoused,” according to HRSA.

About Aspire: Aspire Indiana Health is a fully integrated nonprofit health system serving central Indiana that addresses behavioral health, primary medical care, substance use disorders, infectious diseases, deaf services, veteran programs, abused/neglected children and social determinants of health such as housing and employment. Aspire is supported by a strong network of community organizations, state/federal entities and generous benefactors. Those interested in partnering with Aspire in making health and well-being a reality in central Indiana are encouraged to contact us at: info@aspireindi​ana.org.