Partnership with University of Gondar
In a separate activity, Dr. Cullen and Dr. Dixon attended a special ceremony to sign a memorandum of intent supporting the beginnings of a partnership among Regenstrief Institute, the Fairbanks School of Public Health, and the University of Gondar.
Some of the objectives of the University of Gondar health informatics collaboration include shared research projects, mentoring and advising PhD students, enhancing exchange programs for teaching and research, and exchanging information related to instruction and training in public health informatics.
“Public health informatics is vital to disease tracking and improving health around the world,” said Dr. Dixon. “This international partnership will expand the knowledge and capacity of all the programs involved, better preparing the next generation of public health informatics practitioners and researchers.”
“This partnership is an excellent opportunity to gain a global perspective as we work to address health challenges in the United States, Ethiopia, and beyond,” said Dr. Cullen.
About Regenstrief Institute
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. The Regenstrief Institute, a key research partner to Indiana University, and its researchers are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.
Regenstrief Institute is celebrating 50 years of healthcare innovation. Sam Regenstrief, a successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.
More about Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA
In addition to his role as public health informatics director, Brian Dixon PhD, MPA, is a research scientist at Regenstrief Institute Center for Biomedical Informatics and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, an associate professor at Fairbanks School of Public Health, and a health research scientist at the Center for Health Information and Communication, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service, Roudebush VA Medical Center.
More about Theresa Cullen, M.D., M.S.
In addition to her role as associate director of the Regenstrief Global Health Informatics program, Dr. Cullen is also the interim director of strategic planning and communications for LOINC. She is an associate professor of clinical family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.