March 1, 2017

IRHA Hosting “Spring Into Quality” Symposium

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Indiana Rural Health AssociationThe Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) will be hosting the Spring Into Quality Symposium on March 30 in Plainfield. The event will include presentations on Community Engagement, Population Health Models, Collaborative Care Programs and MIPS + Lean.

March 1, 2017

Latinx Coaltion Hosting First Conference

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The Latinx Coalition will host a First Conference on April 7, 2017, from 8:30 to 4:30 at Krannert Park in Indianapolis. The conference will provide opportunities for discussing, networking, collaborating and advancing future research, programming and advocacy. We encourage you to contact Silvia Bigatti to learn more about and possibly join the Coalition.
Click here to learn more about and register for the conference.
The Latinx Community-University Research Coalition of Indiana is a new organization that aims to connect university faculty, students and staff with community organizations that serve the Latino community. The purpose of the Coalition is to address equity and wellbeing across the state of Indiana through interdisciplinary collaborations...

March 1, 2017

Celebrate Trailblazer Award Projects with CHeP

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It’s time to celebrate!
On April 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 14 community-university project teams will present their CHeP-funded work at the Indianapolis Central Library. These teams received CHeP’s Trailblazer Award in the fall of 2015, and have been hard at work across Indiana.
We invite you to join us as we celebrate their partnership experiences, research journeys, and exciting outcomes. Project topics include obesity, infant mortality, sickle cell disease, diabetes, an adverse drug reaction screener, quality of life in older adults, and yoga for those with brain injuries.
Please email us to RSVP or to learn more about...

March 1, 2017

Meet CHeP Advisory Board Member Eric Beers

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Eric Beers is the Coalition Director of the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative. In his role he has helped craft a new vision and structure for the six-year old state-wide initiative.
Over the past two years the IHWI has been working hard at connecting with the large number of county-wide health coalitions and health alliances that exist in communities across the state. With a strong focus on listening to communities and supporting existing community efforts, Eric is working to position the IHWI to be able to support, connect, and advocate for existing lndiana efforts to change policy, systems and...

December 14, 2016

Pharmacogenetics is Like Fishing

How Similes Helped Communicate Complex Health Topics to Patients

By Courtney Moore, Senior Designer, Research Jam (Indiana CTSI’s Patient Engagement Core)

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Pharmacogenetics

Informed consent is critical to medical research, but it is frequently challenging. It’s vital that patients understand what they’re signing up for when they agree to take part in a research study. Studies for specific conditions, like obesity, can be easier to communicate, but how do you ask people if they want to join a study about something called pharmacogenetics?

The INGENIOUS Study at Indiana University wanted to understand the effects of pharmacogenetics on clinical costs and health outcomes during treatment with some of the most commonly used medications. In order to do this, however, the team needed to accomplish three things during a clinic visit. Within a brief window of time, they needed to: 1) explain pharmacogenetics, 2) describe the study process, and 3) obtain informed consent. This proved to be a difficult challenge for INGENIOUS and their recruitment team at ResNet. 

December 13, 2016

Announcing the 2016 CHeP Pilot Grant Awardees

Eight partnership projects between local community groups and researchers at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame focus on improving health and health care in diverse communities across the state.

Increasing Community Awareness and Education About Alzheimer’s Disease and Recruitment of Underrepresented Groups to Alzheimer Disease Research
Community Partner: Linda Altmeyer, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana
Academic Partner: Mary Guerriero Austrom & Nicole Fowler, Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Engaging Fathers in the Nurse Family Partnership Program: An Innovative Way to Improve Maternal, Child, and Family Health
Community Partner: Lynn Baldwin, Nurse-Family Partnership at Goodwill Industries of Central...