S4-S&SI2-4 - Community Partnerships for Enhanced Research Experience in Biomedical Informatics

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Huanmei Wu1
1 Department of BioHealth Informatics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, known as the Crossroads of America and one of the cities with the most rapid growth in biotechnology and life science, is where the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) locates. Our Department of BioHealth Informatics (BHI) is the home to an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students in the four programs: Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Information Management. The campus is surrounded by IU School of Medicine, the Simon Cancer Center, Regenstrief Institute, Eli Lilly, Dow AgroSciences, the Cook RegenTec, Indiana Bioscience Research Institute (IBRI), and many other biomedical research centers and industrial businesses, such as the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE). This paper will discuss how BHI has leveraged the surrounding communities and partner institutes to promote interdisciplinary research and student success in the ever-changing field of biomedical informatics.

The BHI faculty have worked together to develop a 5-year strategic plan to commit our department to high-quality education, student success, research excellence, and community partnerships. One major development is to enhance our faculty research success and student industrial experience through a community partnership and industrial collaboration. We have prioritized the top seven strategic areas through community partnerships, each area with its objectives, action items, and expected outcomes for 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year. 

The BHI strategic plan guides our faculty research, teaching, and services, with students as the center of all the activities. It helps BHI faculty and students to build strong collaborations with local communities. It diversifies student learning styles, provides research opportunities, and offer practicum and entrepreneurship opportunities to students. For example, we have developed many joint research and training projects and grants with local healthcare centers and bioscience institutes, including community health centers, primary care associations, hospitals, and cancer centers.