Healthy Communities improves database

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Healthy Communities improves database

LAPORTE — Healthy Communities of LaPorte County's database located on Healthy Communities' Web site at offers more than 750 helping services available to area residents. There is an immediate critical need to update information on the database, as well as to include new services in the community.

In addition, the site software must be upgraded to make the system compatible with the statewide "211" manned helpline that is being expanded to include Northwest Indiana. When this system goes online, which is anticipated in early 2006, residents in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties will be able to dial "211" to reach the manned helpline.

Human services information listed on the site includes hospitals and health needs, child care, family support, employment, food stamps and nutrition, housing, youth and senior citizen services, support groups, mental health providers, etc.

The person manning the helpline will be relying on the Healthy Communities' database as a source of information for all available services in LaPorte County. Healthy Communities of LaPorte County has received donations from Duneland Health Council, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, Mittal Steel, and United Way of LaPorte County to support updating of its community database of helping services.

Area nonprofits and social service providers are urged to link into the database at the top left hand corner of to verify that their information is correct. Anyone wishing to make corrections, or to add new services to the database, is encouraged to call Healthy Communities at 326-6232.