More than 825,000 Hoosiers are uninsured, a startling statistic according to a St. Vincent Clay Hospital official. Nearly 200,000 of those uninsured Hoosiers are children.
The hospital is conducting "The State of Poverty," a simulation program to give its participants a glimpse of living on a limited income, Friday to raise community awareness.
This is the third year the hospital has participated in the event.
Community Health Coordinator Andrea Baysinger R.N., B.S.N. said the hospital has "invited the community at large," and expects about 40 in attendance.
"This is a 2 1/2-hour simulation of families that are faced with a welfare situation and it helps them to understand what it's like month to month," Baysinger said.
Four 15-minute 'weeks' will take participants through different tables representing various community services Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Brazil YMCA, she said.
Community involvement will include Clay County schools, the LEAAP Center, the Hamilton Center, banks and the police.
"The simulation is conducted in a large room with the 'families' seated in groups in the center," Laue said. "The task of the 'families' is to provide for the basic necessities and shelter for one 'month,'" he said.
Baysinger said this event is good for the people who need the training and the people who want to understand poverty.