WISE Indiana2022-08-10T12:53:01-04:00
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 (FSSA) 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

Research Librarian Support

The WISE Indiana partnership supports a part-time medical research librarian to conduct comprehensive searches of the scientific literature and prepare annotated bibliographies in response to key questions from FSSA divisions and business units. This task order directly supports FSSA’s vision of evidence-informed decision making.


WISE Indiana recently partnered with Indiana FSSA’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL). OECOSL oversees early child care, education and out-of-school-time programs in Indiana communities. WISE Indiana is engaging with a content expert to provide research knowledge and data expertise to advance policy goals and use evidence to improve practices.

OECOSL Evaluation

WISE Indiana, in conjunction with OECOSL, is conducting an objective evaluation of business and mental health support programs that are being implemented by the division’s technical assistance and training partner. Findings and recommendations will inform how the early childhood and childcare workforce are engaged in future efforts.

DMHA 1915i HCBS CAHPS Survey

WISE Indiana is assisting DMHA with implementing and analyzing responses to the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey among 1915i waiver participants. Feedback and results will be used to support program guidance and decision-making.

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Past 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 facilitated 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.

The Expert Response to Key Questions and Expert Reviews of Relevant and Emerging Literature pages have been archived and are accessible via the links below. Please note that information on these pages are maintained for archival use only and may not be up-to-date.

Archive of About the Daily Digest

Archive of Literature Review

Archive of Key Questions

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 was 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.

SNAP Food Mapping

Changes to Indiana’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have been made in response to the increased need for food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This increased need has been driven in part by job loss as well as the closure of local food pantries and other sources of food assistance. To guide future program and policy decisions, WISE was asked by SNAP program administrators to evaluate whether and how the recent programmatic changes have achieved the goal of increased food access in Indiana.

DMHA Data Evaluation

WISE Indiana assisted 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.

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.


As part of FSSA’s long-term services and supports reform project, WISE Indiana has assisted with implementing and analyzing responses to the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. Responses from consumers, especially those in under-represented populations, will inform the program’s design.

OMPP Coverage and Benefits

The Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning’s coverage and benefits team receives inquiries to add services, tests, and procedures to the Indiana Health Coverage Programs. WISE Indiana collaborated with this team to provide literature reviews and expert consultation as requested to help inform coverage decisions.

DMHA Cost of Untreated Mental Illness

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction engaged WISE to complete an analysis on the cost of untreated mental illness in Indiana. This analysis will be incorporated into Indiana Behavioral Health Commission’s report, which will present recommendations to the legislature and executive branch for improving Hoosier behavioral and mental health.

WISE Indiana Leadership

Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH Amy Lewis Gilbert, JD, MPH
Co-Director, Indiana Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Chief Science Officer, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)

WISE Indiana Core Team

Emily Hardwick, MPH, CCRP, PMP Amber Osterholt, PhD
Project Director
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Assistant Scientist
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Aaron Zych, MPH Deidre Gray
Project Management Coordinator
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Program Management Assistant
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Aimee Kappes Dustin Lynch
Research Business Administrator
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Visual Design Research Specialist
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Joy Lee, PhD, MS Justin Blackburn, PhD
Scientific Director
Indiana University School of Medicine
Associate Scientific Director of Data and Evaluation
IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Karla Camacho-Reyes, MPA
Special Projects Director
Executive Office, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

WISE Indiana Internal Advisory Team

Amy Blevins, MALS Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH
Associate Director for Public Services, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, IU School of Medicine, Evidence-Based Medicine Thread Leader, 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 Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, IU Health, Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 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
Nicole Fowler, PhD Pavlos Vlachos, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, IU School of Medicine, Director of Research, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Associate Director and Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute 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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