Health career center moves to UIndy; MPH hosts conference; Panel examines sports strategies


MICI-AHEC fits well with University’s strength in health professions

A regional program that recruits and retains healthcare professionals to work in underserved communities has a new home at the University of Indianapolis. UIndy now hosts the Metropolitan Indianapolis/Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, which is active in Marion and the eight surrounding counties. It is one of eight such regional centers around the state dedicated to this special kind of workforce development, which is based on research showing that health professionals tend to serve communities where they grew up and received their training. “With our School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, and other health-related programs, not to mention our culture of community engagement and service, UIndy is a leader in the field and a natural choice to host this important program,” said Deborah Balogh, executive vice president and provost. Executive Director Kimberly McElroy-Jones will continue to lead the MICI-AHEC, as she has since its founding in 2006. The office and its seven staff members are located in the Fountain Square Center on Shelby Street, where UIndy shares space with community organizations. The change comes as the University prepares to foster greater multidisciplinary collaboration by moving its schools of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and other health-related programs into the new four-story health pavilion opening in August. The Indiana AHEC Network, which is housed at the IU School of Medicine, is a public-private partnership that receives federal and state support to facilitate collaboration among community organizations and education and healthcare institutions. “The alignment between the missions of the University of Indianapolis and our network is exceptional,” said Indiana AHEC Network Director Richard Kiovsky. “I have no doubt that this AHEC will thrive amid this new partnership.”

MPH program presents minority health conference

UIndy’s College of Health Sciences and Master of Public Health program collaborated with the Indiana State Department of Health in September to present the sixth annual Minority Health Conference. Under the theme “What You Don’t Know Can Kill,” the event aimed to educate and empower community, business, education, and government leaders who serve the state’s racial and ethnic minority populations to provide information on health issues not often addressed by mainstream sources. Topics included nutrition and healthy lifestyles, mental health, infant mortality, hepatitis, smoking, and substance abuse. A special youth track was designed for high school students from throughout the state. Serving as host of the conference was a natural for UIndy, where the new Master of Public Health program prepares health and wellness professionals to combat healthcare disparities, the preventable differences in health that occur across various populations.

Panel examines sports strategies for cities

UIndy’s Fairbanks Symposium tackles community impact of events

Pg16An expert panel of elected officials and sports event executives convened March 25 in downtown Indianapolis to discuss the continuing power of major sporting events in promoting economic development and civic engagement. “Sports Strategies for the 21st Century” was the theme of the second annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership, a dinner and conversation hosted by the University of Indianapolis Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives in partnership with Indiana Humanities. The discussion was moderated by Edward Frantz, associate professor of History at UIndy and director of
the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives. The expert panel featured:
—Mayor Greg Ballard of Indianapolis, host city for national and international sports events;
—Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, which recently established its first NBA franchise;
—Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co. and leading figure behind the 1987 Pan Am Games and 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis; and
—Ryan Vaughn, president for Indiana Sports Corp, which is the nation’s first sports commission and brings national and international attention to the area.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership is made possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.