This Week's Facts:
Dept. of Ed Offers Tools to Analyze Campus Safety
As high school juniors begin the process of figuring out where they want to go to college, there are a lot of factors they take into consideration. Safety is usually not one of them. However, that is often number one on their parents’ list! The Office of Postsecondary Education, part of the U.S. Department of Education, has a tool that may help answer parents’ safety questions. The Campus Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool allows users to search by state, city or even specific school to access crime data for the past three years. Details are not provided; however, you can find out the number of crimes reported to both campus security authorities and local police stations, broken down by type. It’s important to remember that these are crimes that have been reported, and not necessarily those that have been prosecuted.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
As anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to current events knows, President Obama recently signed into law healthcare reform legislation. While it’s very easy to find opinions on both sides of the line, don’t forget that you can also look at the legislation itself via FDsys. In addition to simple searching, there is a sidebar on the website that will take you directly to the bills. To view the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) directly, click here.
Indiana primary elections are coming soon. Are you registered to vote? If you need to register, the deadline is April 5th. For the first time in Indiana’s election history, there is an electronic database, the Indiana Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), linking the voter registration records for all of Indiana’s 92 counties. This system also links to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration database. The system will help election officials detect and deter voter fraud and keeping voting rolls current and accurate. Voters are encouraged to verify their information on this system. Any incorrect information needs to be reported immediately to the county clerk or board of registration. For more information, check out the election division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s website.
The Census Bureau has released new interactive maps showing mail-back rates for neighborhoods all over the nation. You can use the Take 10 Challenge map to view your community’s census participation rate by zip code. Cities in Iowa claim four of the five top participation rates in the U.S. However, local news reported this week that Indianapolis was near the top as well. Zoom in and see what percentage of your part of the state has mailed in their census forms. For those who have been waiting and haven’t yet received a census form, you and your patrons can also use the Take 10 maps to find Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted sites near your home or work. Type in your zip code and find several locations where you can fill out a form, some with on site 2010 Census workers.
If you’d like to embed the participation rate maps into your organization’s or your own website, see Embedding Participation Rates on Your Website on the State Data Center/Business and Industry Data Center Clearinghouse homepage.
Census Introduces Special Promotions
Can you read that question, or is it too…big? One of the promotions being used by the Census Bureau for this year’s census is a special supply of census forms. It’s understandable, you might think, that the form be reproduced in order to encourage residents of the U.S. to fill it out. But there’s something different about these particular forms. They might look exactly like 2010 census forms, but they’re too large to fit in your living room. Enormous, inflatable Big Forms were unveiled this month in public spaces in major U.S. cities such as New York City and Chicago. For the press release and photos, click here. This is one of many other promotional efforts, such as the 2010 Census Road Tour and Census on Campus, which aim to educate the public about the U.S. Census, which has taken place every ten years since 1790. A special edition the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features, Census Historical Highlights: 1790-2010, also notes many of the unique characteristics of each census in this nation’s history.
We all know dental hygiene is important. However sometimes despite our best efforts, bad things happen to good teeth. In some of those cases, a root canal is necessary. For that reason, the week of March 28 through April 4 has been declared Root Canal Awareness Week. According to Medline Plus, a root canal is a “dental procedure to remove dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth.” It is done when you have in infection that affects the nerve in the root of the tooth. According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed each year. The procedure can be done by a dentist, but also may be performed by an endodontist. On average, 46% of root canal cases are referred to endodontists by dentists. The AAE offers several tips when selecting an endodontist: look for convenience, accessibility and a solid track record; ask about equipment; and look for long-term relationships. For more information, view the AAE website.
It is a fact we all must face: the costs associated with getting older and senior care are increasing. The State of Indiana and private long term insurance companies have joined to create the Indiana Long Term Care Insurance Program (ILTCIP) to help Indiana residents with the cost of long-term care. New medicines, technologies, and lifestyle have been dominant factors in adults living well into their 80s and beyond. Because humans are living longer, there may be medical issues that can hinder or prevent some adults from caring for themselves. It is estimated that 7 out of 10 will need home health care sometime in their lives. Overall, individuals living over the age of 65 will have a 60-70% chance of needing some type of long-term care service. If you need to leave the state, Indiana is among other states to participate in the National Reciprocity Compact for Medicaid asset protection. In addition, there may be federal or state tax breaks to help cut some of the costs of insurance. For additional information, view ILTCIP's Frequently Asked Questions.
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