Community Health Partnerships Annual Meeting Sparks Community-Building and Collaboration

October 31, 2023
The Community Health Partnerships team poses together. Director Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, is on the far left.

The Community Health Partnerships team poses together. Director Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, is on the far left.

On October 24, 2023, Community Health Partnerships hosted more than 150 researchers, public health professionals, and community members at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis to discuss the state’s most pressing public health challenges.

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The keynote speaker was Lindsay Weaver, MD, who is the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Health. She shared exciting updates on the Health First Indiana initiative, which will give county health departments the opportunity to direct funds to the public health services they have identified as priorities.

Participants also listened to panel discussions featuring speakers from county health departments across the state, and heard about a diverse and exciting range of research from this year’s Trailblazer Awardees. Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, PhD, MPH, who is director of the Masters of Science in Global Health Program at the University of Notre Dame, offered closing remarks that encouraged participants to continue their work together.

Throughout the day, participants had structured opportunities to workshop ideas and network.

Lindsay Weaver, MD, delivers the keynote address

Lindsay Weaver, MD, delivers the keynote address.

“I am exhilarated by the conversations, insights and collaborations generated today by our participants, who bring an incredible depth and breadth of experience and perspective to public health,” said Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, director of CHeP. “Our state has significant public health challenges, but events like this one demonstrate how readily we can meet them.”


“Building Trauma-Informed Communities through NEAR Science and Change Theory” (video)

    • Nancy Michael, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
    • Carey Gaudern, Beacon Health System

“Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 on Maternal Mental Health Through a Community-University Partnership”

    • Kalyn Renbarger – School of Nursing, Ball State University
    • Cori Hess – Muncie Maternal Mental Health Coalition
    • Jean Marie Place – Department of Nutrition and Health Science, Ball State University

“Examining the Effect of Community-Based Programs in Coping with Stress During COVID-19 Recovery”

More than 150 people attended the meeting.

More than 150 people attended the meeting.

    • Nan Kong – Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University
    • Sheri Moore – National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) West Central Indiana

“Examining Multilevel Determinants of Cervical Cancer and Acceptability of Screening Innovations to Address Disparities among Hispanic Women in Lake County, Indiana” (video)

    • Natalia Rodriguez, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University
    • Kelly Kajamulo, Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, and Kentucky

“Rural Environmental Health Assessment and Neighborhood-Specific Public Health Plan for Hartford City Using a Community-Engaged Approach”

    • Ellen Wells – School of Health Sciences, Purdue University
    • Eric Evans – Blackford County Concerned Citizens
    • Sherrie Steiner – Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Purdue University Fort Wayne

“Peer Recruitment in HIV Prevention”

    • Karla Galaviz – School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington
    • Jill Stowers – Indiana University Health Bloomington

“A Community Partner-University Collaboration for Increasing African American Men’s Access to Professional Mental Health Services: A Structural Equation”

    • Virgil Gregory Jr. – School of Social Work, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
    • Joseph Palus – Fathers & Families Center
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