Indiana University is working to protect the IU community by closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As an organization, the Fairbanks School of Public Health is still incredibly young, being less than a decade old. Despite our youthful age, I believe we were established at the right time to be ready to help Indiana respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Health Policy and Management have worked tirelessly alongside our school colleagues to respond to the needs of a wide range of stakeholders. We have worked with key policy- and decision-makers from virtually every corner of Indiana including elected officials, hospital executives, public health agency heads, clergy and community leaders, members of the local, national, and international media, and the leadership of our own university. I am immensely proud of the impact the team has had in Indiana and beyond.
Our school’s visible role during the pandemic will hopefully accelerate needed reforms to Indiana’s struggling and underfunded public health system. Historically, public health, even when successful, has been “invisible” to many stakeholders some of whom also erroneously define public health too narrowly. But the pandemic has raised awareness of the role public health plays in assuring the health of individuals, communities, and populations. Many now realize the complimentary nature of medical care and public health as captured in the following analogy. If someone has serious COVID-19 symptoms, they need a healthcare provider. However, if the goal is to prevent infections and ensure that people stay healthy, then a strong public health system is needed. A robust public health system including knowledgeable professionals and a meticulously maintained infrastructure of policies, capabilities, and partnerships can shield populations from myriad diseases whether from COVID-19, or other diseases and threats to human health.
In the upcoming First Friday event, Dr. Valerie Yeager, associate professor of health policy and management will present the findings of a recent report she co-led. Her timely work was designed to catalogue Indiana’s public health assets and make recommendations on how to strengthen the public health capabilities of our state. Dr. Yeager will describe the findings of the report as well as concrete ways Indiana can strengthen itself in support of the health of Hoosiers. The report has already gained much attention and traction with Indiana policymakers. Please join us to learn more!
In partnership with DIP-IN, Eskenazi Health will be hosting a virtual town hall on the COVID-19 vaccine. This town hall event will be held on Monday, March 8, from 6-7pm via Webex. Eskenazi Health recognizes that people want to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and may have some questions. Dr. Lisa Harris will provide a welcome and Dr. Curtis Wright and Dr. Saura Fortin will present the information. This information will include the basic science behind the vaccine, the decision-making process around receiving the vaccine, and myths vs. facts about the vaccine. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. While Eskenazi and DIP-IN are partnering to bring this event to you, this is for everyone, not just DIP-IN stakeholders. Register here with event number (160 134 8473) and event password (COVID). You can also join via audio conference: US Toll +1-415-655-0001 (Access code: 160 134 8473).
This year, the opening of the IUPUI International Festival was highlighted by a special panel session titled “Inequalities and Management of COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Health Perspectives” hosted by the Fairbanks School of Public Health, Department of Global Health. The session featured five speakers selected from among students and faculty who have been working in international context or represent international community at IUPUI. The conversation covered various experiences of different parts of the world to demonstrate the diversity and synergies of approaches to manage this pandemic, with a special emphasis on addressing inequalities. The discussion was moderated by DrPH student Ainur Aiypkhanova, a healthcare leader and policy-maker in Kazakhstan, professionally trained in healthcare administration in the United States. A recording of the webinar is now available.
Join us for our next First Fridays session on March 5, at 12 noon, which will provide an overview of the new report "Indiana Public Health System Review." This report focuses on the centerpiece of the public health system – the network of local and state governmental public health agencies – their structure, human and financial resources, authorities, and activities. Led by student moderators, First Fridays are intended to be engaging and informative for FSPH alumni, faculty, students and stakeholders. Dr. Valerie Yeager, associate professor of health policy and management, will be the featured presenter, and Alycia Felix, a BSHSM student, will serve as the student moderator.
The Fairbanks School recognizes two staff for the FSPH Quarterly Staff Award: Tho Le(left), financial services coordinator, and Adrianne Robertson(right), writer and content strategist. The Staff Award is designed to recognize full-time staff whose performance demonstrates exemplary service and furthers the mission and strategic plan of the school, campus or university. Le’s nominators stated that he “has worked tirelessly over the last six months to assist with on-boarding over 150 new personnel for the Contact Tracing project. In addition, while most everyone else had the luxury of working 100% remotely, Tho came into the office on a regular basis… based on the needs of those being hired. To have someone this dedicated and professional was necessary to get the hiring for the Contact Tracing project completed. FSPH is lucky to have Tho Le as part of the HR/Finance team. He accommodated this increase in work with good humor and remained prompt, diligent and thorough.”
Robertson’s nominators stated that “she consistently provides excellent work. Workload increased significantly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and many new projects relied on written communication. Adrianne's content impacted our alumni, donor, and community partners significantly during this shift. She played an integral role in helping to increase fall enrollment by 11.7% and increase credit hours by 15%. Adrianne is creative, hardworking and goes above and beyond on every project she tackles. She is the definition of what a staff award nominee should be.”
Featured on TuFuturo Latino, the webinar "The COVID-19 Vaccine: Solve all your doubts about the COVID-19 vaccine" featured Dr. Gerardo Maupomé (left), Professor, Associate Dean of Research, and Dr. Max Jacobo Moreno (right), Associate Professor of Global Health. Watch now in Spanish.
Brian Dixon, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health
Leadership Perspectives on Implementing Health Information Exchange: Qualitative Study in a Tertiary Veterans Affairs Medical Center
JMIR Medical Informatics
Max Jacobo Moreno, Associate Professor of Global Health
Exploring for Municipality-Level Socioeconomic Variables Related to Zika Virus Incidence in Colombia
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Tess Weathers, Research Associate, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Evaluation of an emergency department-based opioid overdose survivor intervention: Difference-in-difference analysis of electronic health record data to assess key outcomes
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Attention students who are graduating by August of 2021! As you reflect on your time at IUPUI, did you have formative experiences in civic engagement? If so, IUPUI would like to honor your commitment to community involvement by recognizing you with the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion. To apply, submit your application by February 28, 2021.
Mar 3: MHA Information Session
Mar 5: First Fridays with Fairbanks
Mar 24: MSPS Virtual Information Session
Please note: This is a comprehensive list of media. The information provided may have changed since the original publish date.
Hoosiers 60 and older can now make COVID-19 vaccine appointments
WISH, February 23, 2021 | Thomas Duszynski
5 takeaways on health risks associated with having fans at NCAA games
IndyStar, February 23, 2021 | Thomas Duszynski
Hospitality Industry Welcomes March Madness Attendance, Health Expert Preaches Caution
WFYI, February 22, 2021 | Thomas Duszynski
Friday's Indiana coronavirus updates - Feb. 19, 2021
WTHR, February 19, 2021 | Thomas Duszynski
The second wave of COVID-19 cases appears to be about over. What's the next worry?
WTHR, February 18, 2021 | Thomas Duszynski
Trust Is Key To Combat COVID Vaccine Hesitancy, Experts Say
Indiana Public Media, February 18, 2021 | Ross Silverman
Demand for COVID-19 testing continues to fall in Indiana
Fox59, February 17, 2021 | Brian Dixon
President Biden calls for teachers to be listed higher in vaccine priority, state officials sticking with age-based approach
Fox59, February 17, 2021 | Brian Dixon