WISE Indiana2021-09-21T12:12:51-04:00
WISE Indiana

WISE Indiana (Wellbeing Informed by Science and Evidence in Indiana)

A partnership between the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Monon Collaborative and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to engage Indiana’s nationally-recognized academic experts to evaluate and inform Indiana practices, programs and policies. This partnership aligns with and furthers the visions of both organizations by facilitating timely, high-quality evidence-informed research, evaluation and analysis to the benefit of all Hoosiers.

Current Projects

COVID-19 Rapid Response Team

The WISE Indiana COVID-19 Rapid Response Team was developed to assist in the Indiana Department of Health’s need for rapid and evidence-informed responses to complex questions about the pandemic and best practices for state response. This project facilitates rapid response and access to relevant and emerging evidence-based information for state personnel, healthcare providers and systems, managed care entities, community organizations, and all others.

To access more information, the COVID-19 Daily Digest is updated daily with relevant information for healthcare providers.

DA Caregiver Survey

Indiana FSSA’s Division of Aging (DA) is interested in implementing an innovative model to address the unmet needs of family caregivers. To better understand what supports are needed for aging individuals experiencing social isolation and caregiver burn-out, the DA is collaborating with WISE Indiana and AARP to conduct a consumer survey targeting a diverse population of caregivers for individuals 55 and older.

DMHA Data Evaluation

WISE Indiana is assisting Indiana FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) to help DMHA simplify and synthesize the data collection process. This will help reduce administrative burden for providers and increase capacity for client care. Additionally, it is a crucial first step in assisting DMHA to create a data strategy that will drive the initiative for all mental health and Substance Use Disorder treatment providers in the state to be data-driven in their practices.

Past Projects

Indiana Community Connect

Indiana Community Connect (ICC) is a web-based referral platform housed within Indiana 2-1-1 designed to help community organizations refer clients to needed services and help residents find social services. WISE Indiana asked to participate in the pilot program and provide recommendations for statewide community based organization engagement due to our expertise in community engagement through the numerous community engagement programs that Indiana CTSI has developed and participates in.


WISE Indiana Expert Directory

If you are interested in collaborating on any WISE Indiana projects, please complete the survey for the WISE Indiana Expert Directory. This allows WISE Indiana to have quick access to the expertise of clinicians and researchers all across Indiana.

Indiana FSSA Research Proposal Form

The research proposal form marks the first step for non-State entities requesting the use of FSSA data for research purposes. The information on the form will be used by FSSA to assess feasibility and make preliminary approval decisions for use of the requested data. Once this information has been reviewed and preliminarily approved by our legal, privacy and security, science, and data teams, we will provide you with a letter of support and additional instructions for submitting a full data request. We try to turn preliminary approvals around in 10 business days or less.

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Amy Lewis Gilbert (amy.gilbert@fssa.in.gov), Connor Norwood (connor.norwood@fssa.in.gov) or Tim McFarlane (timothy.mcfarlane@fssa.in.gov).


Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH Amy Lewis Gilbert, JD, MPH
Co-Director, Indiana Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Chief Science Officer, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA)
WISE Indiana Advisory Board
Amy Blevins, MALS Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH
Associate Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, IU School of Medicine Richard M. Fairbanks Endowed Chair, Professor, Health Policy and Management Department Chair, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute
Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
Richard M. Fairbanks Professor for Aging Research, IU School of Medicine, Director and Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute Center for Health Innovation & Implementation Science Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs and Associate Professor, IU School of Medicine
Jessica Brookshire, MS Kosali Simon, PhD
Senior Program Director, Office of Clinical Partnerships, University of Notre Dame Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Associate Vice Provost for Health Sciences, Indiana University
Peter Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, FAMIA Pavlos Vlachos, PhD, MS
President and CEO, Regenstrief Institute, Leonard Betley Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Informatics & Health Services Research, IU School of Medicine, Associate Director of Informatics, Indiana CTSI Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering
Michael Weiner, MD
Professor, IU School of Medicine, Principal Investigator & Director,
Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development
Center for Health Information and Communication

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