Online Program

Town and Gown…Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Successful Partnership Academia Between Healthcare

Monday, November 2, 2015

Priscilla Barnes, MPH, PhD, MCHES, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Tilicia Mayo, MA, MPH, Department of Applied Health Science, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, HSD, MPH, MA, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Carol Weiss Kennedy, MA, IU Health Bloomington, Bloomington
Sandy DeWeese, RN, IU Health Bloomington/Southern Indiana Physicians, Bloomington, IN
Mary Ann Valenta, IU Health Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Fragmentation of services continues to be a major barrier in healthcare and public health, which has sparked the need academic-clinical partnerships.  These partnerships create a ‘shared space’ for administrators, clinicians, and researchers to discuss the impact of organizational and Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies. Case study research was conducted describing the development of an alliance between IU Health Bloomington, the largest health care system in Southern Indiana, and the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health. Three participatory models aligning with the partners’ strategic areas were developed to reduce health insurance barriers, improve utilization of hospital-based community health services, and reduce disparities among seniors.  Within a two year period, the Alliance has engaged over 40 administrators, clinicians, community organizations, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students.  The impact of this partnership has resulted in the increase of referrals to Medical Nutrition Therapy to support patients with chronic conditions that are amendable to nutrition intervention; recruitment of participants ages 65 and older to prevent falls, and analyses of healthcare and services datasets to identify barriers for uninsured patients to enrolling in health insurance plans. The Alliance will determine how to best utilize the findings from this partnership and translated to practical applications and the development of policies that enhance population health and well-being.  Additional impact of the project includes:  identifying barriers and facilitators to research in the model; developing mutually important outcomes to guide research; and improving communication across clinical academic lines.  This partnership can serve as a system-based participatory model for other Schools of Public Health and healthcare systems to consider towards enhancing their community engagement activities.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain components of a partnership model involving a school of public health and a healthcare institution

Keyword(s): Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator for this newly formed partnership focused on developing collaborative models between healthcare and schools of public health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.