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Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Dr. Richard Ingram
Dr. Sarah Wackerbarth
Dr. Joseph Benitez
In 2015, a rural Indiana county experienced an outbreak of HIV related to intravenous drug use. 181 people were diagnosed with HIV between Oct. 1, 2014 and Nov. 1, 2015. This outbreak prompted the state legislature to implement a policy that legalized syringe exchange programs for the first time ever in Indiana. This capstone attempts to summarize the situation that led to the creation of this policy and the effects of this policy, Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 461 (IN SEA 461). Finally, this capstone makes recommendations for modifying the existing policy or implementing a similar policy in an area experiencing a public health threat like the one in Indiana.
Youngen, Katherine, "EXAMINING THE EFFECTS OF INDIANA’S SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM ON NEW HEPATITIS C AND HIV DIAGNOSES FROM 2015-2017" (2019). Theses and Dissertations--Public Health (M.P.H. & Dr.P.H.). 228.