Increase capacity in the health sciences
Goal: Increase capacity in high-demand health-sciences programs.
Update: IU Bloomington has been working with campus and community partners to leverage our resources to best serve the health needs of our community.
Kosali Simon is a Herman B Wells Endowed Professor at the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs, an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics and in the Kelley School of Business, affiliated faculty in the Data Science program, and affiliated scientist at the Regenstrief Institute. In February 2019, she took on an additional, newly created role as associate vice provost for health sciences, working with vice provost David Daleke. In this position, she will encourage and foster health sciences and health services research at IU Bloomington, leveraging campus strengths in the social sciences and big data research.
School of Public Health
In 2015, the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington received full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health for five years, the maximum for an initial accreditation by the accrediting body.
Working to increase allocation of Indiana CTSI support for IU Bloomington faculty. OVPR and the CTSI Project Development Teams are working on the issue of rural obesity in Indiana. With the Center on Rural Engagement, they are working to identify synergies and opportunities.
The 2019 Indiana CTSI Retreat at IU Bloomington is themed: “Addressing the Obesity Problem in Rural Indiana: New Paradigms, Research Directions, and Opportunities to Improve Health Outcomes in Indiana Communities.” The retreat features a dozen expert speakers who will address important aspects of the obesity problem at the local, state, and national levels.
IU Health Regional Academic Health Center
In January 2019, IU and IU Health gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the IU Health Regional Academic Health Center, first announced in 2015. The RAHC will offer research opportunities in health sciences including clinical studies in the hospital, and will offer IU students the opportunity to experience interprofessional education in action with other students and medical professionals as mentors. See the progress on the Bloomington Build website.
The 700,000-square-foot plus RAHC complex will serve Bloomington and the surrounding region and will include a cancer center, surgical services, a women's center, neonatal intensive care, physician offices, and a trauma center. A state-of-the-art health care simulation center used to train students and clinicians on new patient care techniques will be shared by IU Health and IU. It will also include the new 117,000-square-foot IU Academic Health Sciences Building, which will consolidate most of the academic health science programs on the IU Bloomington campus, including those in medicine, nursing, social work, speech and hearing, and a new program in dentistry.
School of Nursing
In the 2018-19 academic year, the School of Nursing expanded in exciting ways.
- Admitted the first cohort of students into its accelerated second-degree pathway to the BSN.
- Received approval for the school’s first Bloomington-specific pilot, to promote the RN-to-BSN online option. Outcomes will help the school market future distance-accessible programs.
- Hosted first New Student Boot Camp for incoming traditional BSN students and accelerated second-degree programs.
- Southern Indiana Health Care (SICHC) has provided community-based healthcare to families in Southern Indiana for more than 40 years. SICHC partnered with the Center for Rural Engagement's Sustaining Hoosier Communities program and the IU School of Nursing in Bloomington to conduct home visits for patients with chronic diabetes in the fall of 2018 and spring 2019.
Read about Larry Wilson and Mark Casanova who in May 2019 will become first men of color to graduate from the IU School of Nursing in Bloomington.
Read the full story