On Friday, June 3, from 1-4 p.m., MDwise will conduct a free community baby shower at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
The event will include door prizes, raffle items, access to local services, information on free transportation from MDwise members and refreshments.
MDwise Outreach Consultant for its Southwest Region Jamie Cartwright told The Brazil Times while attending the Clay Community Health Fair at the YMCA in March, she discussed the idea of a community baby shower with several people, who expressed interest in the idea.
"MDwise has done many baby showers throughout the state, but never in Clay County," Cartwright said. "Based on an identified need, we have decided to focus on Clay County and have involved multiple agencies."
She said agencies that will take part include Healthy Families, The Children's Bureau, CASY, CHANCES for Indiana Youth, the Hamilton Center, WIC and Purdue Extension.
"We would like to have as many agencies present as we can because this will be a great resource for pregnant women," she said.
Cartwright said some agencies have already donated several items for events, including a car seat, a diaper bag and multiple baby necessities. All agencies participating were asked to donate at least one baby item for the event.
Cartwright said the event will be set up like a health fair, as vendors will provide information to those in attendance. All pregnant women at the event will receive a card at the registration table listing each agency and will have the opportunity to visit each of them. The cards will be used to enter the giveaway portion of the event.
Cartwright said MDwise is Indiana's only not-for-profit managed health care organization which serves "many of the state's most underserved citizens -- Hoosier children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured."
"MDwise's services are currently provided to more than 300,000 Hoosier Healthwise, Care Select and Healthy Indiana Plan members in partnership with more than 1,400 primary medical providers and a statewide array of specialists, hospitals and other providers," Cartwright said. "By providing a fully integrated network of hospitals, community health centers, physicians and ancillary providers, MDwise's services offer a coordinated, comprehensive approach to managing the cost and utilization of Indiana's health care services."
The agency, according to its website, was established in 1994.
Agencies interested in being part of the event should e-mail Cartwright at Jamie.email@example.com or call 812-746-5109.
Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 442-6761.