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1331 State Street
La Porte, IN 46350
View the most up-to-date information on how to prepare and protect yourself, screening and instructions if you are sick: Northwest Health La Porte COVID-19 Updates
View updated visitor guidelines: Visitor Guidelines for Northwest Health – La Porte
3500 Franciscan Way
Michigan City, IN 46360
Offered by Franciscan Health Michigan City, this is a COVID-19 online risk assessment tool that people can use to determine the appropriate care. Click here to access the assessment tool: Franciscan Health Michigan City Assessment Tool
Learn more about Franciscan Health Michigan City COVID-19 information and visitor guidelines here: Franciscan Health COVID-19 Updates
Accepting new patients at their two sites in La Porte County, IN. Both sites have the capability to provide in-person and telemedicine appointments including COVID-19 testing. If you are uninsured, please contact HealthLinc to see if you qualify for coverage.
To make an appointment contact HealthLinc’s main number:
888-580-1060 OR contact the clinic directly.
La Porte Location: 219.326.0043
Michigan City Location: 219.872.6200
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
NFP is a FREE community health program under Goodwill of Michiana Industries that pairs first-time pregnant moms with a registered nurse to offer support, advice, and information needed throughout their pregnancy until their child’s second birthday.
NFP is continuing to operate and serves moms via telehealth utilizing both phone and video chat. As usual, we are supporting families to navigate any community resources they need, especially for any emergency needs arising from the impact of COVID-19. NFP is an international, evidence-based program, widely researched and recognized for improving health and social outcomes.
How to Sign Up or Make a Referral
Parents: Click here for self-referrals
If you’re pregnant with your first baby and you’re interested in joining Nurse-Family Partnership, please fill out our online self-referral form by clicking the link above.
Agencies: Click here to refer a client
If you’re a healthcare provider, clinic, or other community partner who would like to refer someone to Nurse-Family Partnership, please click the link above to make a referral.
Other Contact Information
For residents of La Porte County:
Connecting Kids to Coverage - Indiana
What is Connecting Kids to Coverage?
A federally funded program to connect children and families to health care coverage in Indiana. During the COVID-19 many families in Indiana have lost their jobs, and in many cases their health insurance. Connecting Kids to Coverage will fill the gap that families need at this time.
Who is eligible?
Children, pregnant women and families who do not have insurance coverage.
What does Connecting Kids to Coverage provide?
The program focuses on enrollment in Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP).
How do I apply?
FREE Indiana insurance application assistance is now available over the phone and through HIPPA-complaint/secure electronic technologies.
This effort is funded by a grant from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to the Indiana Rural Health Association
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Mental Health Resources
Swanson Center's Emergency Hotline:
Swanson Center continues to work to provide our full continuum of comprehensive behavioral health services for those who live and work in La Porte County. Through this period of quarantine, their dedicated staff remains ready to assist with the following:
Telehealth services (telephone & video) available through our La Porte
and Michigan City offices:
• Psychiatric evaluations and services
• Therapy sessions
• Case management
Curbside medication pickup at the on-site pharmacy in Michigan City.
Access Center (same day intake) is open in the Michigan City location only, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, between 9 am – 4 pm, until further notice.
All group sessions, usually held at the La Porte and Michigan City offices, as well as programs
at the Activity Center for Older Adults (in La Porte) have been temporarily suspended. Individual services will be offered in lieu of groups. Residential services will continue, with minor modifications.
Visit Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SwansonCenter for coping skills, community resources, and other useful information.
La Porte Office: 1230 W SR 2, La Porte, IN – Phone: 219.362.2145
Michigan City Office: 7224 W 400N, Michigan City, IN – Phone: 219.879.4621
NorthShore Health Centers
La Porte Clinic Address: 714 Lincolnway
NorthShore is open and continuing to care for new and existing patients for substance abuse treatment. Visits can be conducted in person or through telehealth options such as video or telephone appointments.
To schedule a substance abuse/behavioral health appointment, please call 219.763.8112 and indicate that you live in La Porte County, IN.
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Health Education Resources
The health and wellness of our residents is vital to HFL’s mission. Please find resources below on how to stay healthy. This information is updated frequently.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
To view the CDC's in-depth information regarding the virus, click here.
This includes the latest updates on symptoms, treatment, healthcare providers, travel and a map showing states reporting cases of COVID-19 to the CDC.
Additionally, Indiana Family Support Services Administration’s (FSSA) provides resources regarding infection control in assisted living and home-based residential services, webinars for families and caregivers, a statewide map for availability of food assistance, and mental health services.
The Indiana Department of Children Services (DCS) lists resources available for foster parents, how to talk to your children about the virus, making connections during social distancing, and child support payments.
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Indiana’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.800.5556.
It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You may report abuse and neglect anonymously.
Love is Respect 1.800.331.9474
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has guidance for helping families cope with COVID-19, and the World Health Organization has published a resource for mental health considerations during the
Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
OR Call 911 ask for a CIT officer OR Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor. Support and assistance 24/7 for anyone feeling depressed, overwhelmed or suicidal.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE
National call center refers to local resources; Spanish plus 160 other languages available; no caller ID used.
National Parent Helpline: 1.855.4A.PARENT
Helpline for parent and caregiver support.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE
(Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network – RAINN)
Nationwide referrals for specialized counseling and support groups.
Hotline (1.800.656.4673) routes calls to local sex assault crisis centers for resources and referrals. Spanish available.
Adult Protective Services: 219.326.6808 ext. 2348
The Adult Protective Services program was established to receive and investigate reports regarding adults within the state of Indiana who may be endangered and, as appropriate, to coordinate a proper response to protect endangered adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
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Tips to Stay Healthy During COVID-19 and Beyond
We know that individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are at high risk of complications from COVID-19. Even if you do not have underlying chronic conditions, every person can take action to keep your body resilient and healthy:. What can you do?
Exercise every day in any way you can while following social distancing and your local and state government guidance. Remember to begin your exercise program slowly, and always check with your physician if you are elderly or suffer from a chronic illness before starting a vigorous exercise regimen. It is critical if you vigorously exercise that you maintain adequate hydration and carbohydrate intake. Limiting these may diminish the benefit of exercise on the immune system and your general health.
Keep your blood pressure under control by limiting alcohol and sodium intake, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables.
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water to fuel your body. Obesity is a chronic condition that increases your risk for poor outcomes with the COVID-19 infection. During this shelter at home period, we are all likely to be eating more, and it may not be healthful eating; snack foods are a common “drug” used to treat boredom anxiety and depression. Snacking on whole grain foods, nuts and fruit is much better if done in moderation.
Keep taking your prescribed medications, including those supplements your doctor may have recommended to keep help with deficiencies such as iron or other micronutrients (Zinc, Elderberry, Vitamin C & D).
Limit your alcohol intake which will help with many factors including chronic illnesses, sleep, and stress management. Get plenty of rest with a goal of 7 – 8 hours each night while maintaining a regular sleep schedule. Avoid taking naps during the daytime and sleeping too much. Finally take a break from electronics at least one hour before going to sleep.
Manage stress so your body can respond to infections effectively. Engage in yoga, meditation and exercise to support your immune function. Spend time outdoors going for a walk in the park, but follow social distancing guidelines. Stay engaged with loved ones on a regular basis using technology. Listen to music or read books. Looks for ways to help your community in a safe manner. Focus your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.