Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana.
Evan Walsh

On a rainy day in Austin, Indiana, Brittany Combs, the public health nurse for Scott County, drives around in a white SUV. Medical supplies are piled high in the back of the vehicle: syringes and condoms, containers for used needles, over-the-counter medications.


More people who are addicted to opioids are coming into the Marion County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. The influx has the sheriff calling on Indiana lawmakers to spend more to combat addiction.   

Lieutenant Colonel James Martin, the Marion County Jail commander, says the facility has seen an influx of people going into withdrawals. “The majority of the problems we are dealing with are your first 20 or so hours in custody,” says Martin.

How One Indianapolis Woman Became A Force For Healthy Food

Aug 11, 2017
Leigh DeNoon / WFYI

Sharrona Moore learned at an early age growing food doesn’t have to be difficult. As a child she spent weeks in the summer on a great uncle’s farm discovering the joy of gardening and eating vegetables straight from the fields.


Jake Harper / Side Effects Public Media

This year’s Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is in full swing. The event is the Expo organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which runs through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center.

A year ago, when Side Effects first reported on efforts to build a walkable neighborhood here, the lot at the corner of Oxford and Washington Streetswas empty and overgrown. But today, builders are at work on a 30-unit senior housing complex, set to open
Andrea Muraskin / Side Effects Public Media

A year ago, when Side Effects first reported on efforts to build a walkable neighborhood here, the lot at the corner of Oxford and Washington Streets was empty and overgrown. But today, builders are at work on a 30-unit senior housing complex, set to open in September. This isn’t your grandpa’s senior housing: there are plans for a fitness center, a bike share, a greenhouse and a walking path. Plus, the city has promised to add a crosswalk and pedestrian signal to connect residents to the other side of Washington Street, where a pocket park, library, two eateries and a floor hockey rink sit in close proximity.

Part Support Group, Part Job Training Program, Clubhouses Help Mentally Ill Re-Enter Workforce

Mar 10, 2016
Member Ricky Edwards at work at Central Indiana Clubhouse.
Jill Sheridan / IPBS News

A community center serving those with severe mental illness in Indianapolis is working to regain state Medicaid funding in order to help community members connect to services and get jobs.

Circle City Clubhouse, (formerly called Central Indiana Clubhouse) serves about 80 people with mental illness on the west side of Indianapolis.


Players warm up before a game at a rink on the roof of an apartment building in the Englewood neighborhood of IndIanapolis.
Emily Metheney

Looking across four lanes of traffic on Washington Street in Indianapolis, community planner Brent Aldrich steels himself for a difficult crossing.  “When we do this we're going to have to run, or kind of frogger it across,” he says. Frogger? “You stand in one lane, you wait for the car to go past, and you hope it's not game over.”