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Research On-Boarding Orientation Event

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

The Polis Center is participating in the Research On-Boarding Orientation event on Oct. 17. The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) annually hosts the program which is targeted to all IUPUI faculty, with a special emphasis on new and junior faculty, to share the variety of programs and services available at IUPUI, meet new research colleagues, explore potential collaborations, and gain a better understanding of the IUPUI campus level research organizational structure to help faculty succeed in their research and creative...

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Diabetes Impact Project

Posted on Oct 9, 2018

The Polis Center is working with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) and the Marion County Public Health Department on the five-year Diabetes Impact Project: Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN), a pilot undertaking funded by Lilly Global Health to assess current approaches of diabetes intervention and recommend new methods. Polis used SAVI to help the project partners select three Indianapolis neighborhoods with significant health disparities, high rates of diabetes, demographic factors, and highly-engaged community members...

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The Polis Center Grant From FEMA

Posted on Oct 8, 2018

The Polis Center received an $850,000 grant from FEMA, which will allow the center to continue its partnership with Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to develop and disseminate flood hazard data and program related tasks for multiple communities in Indiana. This award will focus on communities within four targeted watersheds and will start the process of updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for several counties within these watersheds. The Polis Center has been working with IDNR for over eight years on this program and is...

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Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs)

Posted on Oct 2, 2018

The Polis Center is working collaboratively with the Fairbanks School of Public Health to support the development of community health needs assessments for hospital systems across Indiana. The Indiana Partnership for Health Communities (IN-PHC), which Polis launched with Fairbanks and the Clinical Translational Research Initiative of the IU School of Medicine, recently completed the second phase of a major assessment for Parkview Health. Parkview Health is a nonprofit health system in northeast Indiana that consists of nine hospitals serving...

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The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

On October 10, 2018 Dr. David J. Bodenhamer, Polis Center Executive Director, will read from his recently published book, The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction, from 11:30AM-1PM (EDT) at the IUPUI University Club’s annual Reading at the Table luncheon. The Reading at the Table series provides a forum for members of the IUPUI community to celebrate published books written by IUPUI faculty or staff. During each luncheon, the featured author/editor reads from his/her work and opens the floor to discussion. Seating is limited and...

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IU Grand Challenge “Prepared for Environmental Change”

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

We are building an integrated knowledge platform for the six research clusters of “Prepared for Environmental Change.” This IU Grand Challenge initiative focuses on helping the state and its citizens develop Indiana-specific projections of environmental change to equip governments, businesses, farmers, and communities to respond with the right investments in agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and public health and safety. We are providing a set of research and visualization tools that address: scientific visualization, dashboards, data...

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The Polis Center Names Marianne Cardwell GIS Project Coordinator

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

The Polis Center at IUPUI has named Marianne Cardwell, PMP, GISP, CSM its GIS Project Coordinator. In this role, she will support a variety of projects that use geospatial data and technologies on behalf of Polis’ partner communities and foster relationships within those communities to cultivate new project opportunities. “I am thrilled to become part of The Polis Center team. With my background in GIS, application development, and project management, I hope to continue the Center’s excellent work in GIS and data analytics and...

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Polis Center Continues Partnership with The Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy With Report Generator Feature

Posted on Jun 7, 2018

In June 2017, The Bowen Center launched the Bowen Health Workforce Information Portal—which the Polis Center helped develop along with the IU School of Medicine Department of Biostatistics. The Portal features new and innovative data visualizations to improve the usability of health workforce data for policymakers, employers, educators, and community health leaders. The Polis Center specifically developed a new process for ArcGIS map creation that streamlined map production for regular reports and ad hoc maps to meet stakeholder requests....

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Sharon Kandris of the Polis Center Selected as Network Steward of the Year

Posted on Jun 5, 2018

May 2018 The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) has named Sharon Kandris, associate director at The Polis Center (IUPUI), as the 2018 Network Steward of the Year Award. Created in September 2016, the honor recognizes an NNIP Partner member who goes above and beyond expectations to strengthen the connectivity among partners, increase knowledge sharing, and raise the profile of the NNIP Network. In addition to supporting her peers, Sharon serves as an ambassador for the NNIP network, expanding awareness of NNIP to new audiences,...

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Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics Lead Author of Paper to be Published in The Journal ‘BMC Public Health’

Posted on May 9, 2018

Karen Comer, Polis Center Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics, is lead author on the paper, “Electronic Health Record (EHR)-Based Community Health Measures: An Exploratory Assessment of Perceived Usefulness by Local Health Departments,” that has just been accepted for publication in the journal BMC Public Health.  Her co-authors include Brian Dixon and Marc Rosenman with the Regenstrief Institute, and Joe Gibson, Marion County Public Health...

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