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Resources by State: Indiana

Rural Road to Recovery in Indiana: Impacts
Provides an overview of how the Indiana economy was impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Discusses the impact of The Rural Road to Recovery Initiative that provided assistance to broadband, arts, housing, and agriculture sectors in rural counties of Indiana.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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Indiana Governor's Public Health Commission Report 2022
Provides an overview of public health in Indiana with a focus on healthy environments and health education. Examines the declining life expectancy and challenges to public health such as behavioral health issues, adult and child obesity, infectious diseases, and geographic and socio-economic health disparities. Summarizes and provides recommendations from the commission's findings related to governance and infrastructure, funding, healthcare workforce, data integration, emergency preparedness, and child/adolescent health.
Additional links: Appendices, News Brief
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indiana Department of Health
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Longitudinal Assessment of Indiana Dentists' Participation in Medicaid Before and After Expansion
Examines trends related to dentists in Indiana who provided services to Medicaid patients before and after Medicaid expansion, from 2014 through 2017. Analyzes 2,037 Indiana-licensed dentists by Medicaid engagement status, practice type and setting, job status, and demographic characteristics, including rurality.
Author(s): Hannah L. Maxey, Sierra X. Vaughn, Courtney R. Medlock, Analise Dickinson, Yumin Wang
Citation: Journal of the American Dental Association, 153(7), 659-667
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Indiana's Registered Nurse Workforce: Data Report
Information on demographics, education and practice characteristics, license status, and distribution of Indiana registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). Includes county-by-county data on capacity and distribution of Indiana RNs and APRNs, with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Analise Dickinson, Mykayla Tobin, Sierra Vaughn, Hannah Maxey
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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Identifying Unique Barriers to Implementing Rural Emergency Department-Based Peer Services for Opioid Use Disorder Through Qualitative Comparison with Urban Sites
Study examining the implementation of emergency department-based interventions for opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural and urban areas based on interviews with programs in Indiana's Recovery Coach and Peer Support Initiative (RCPSI). Describes barriers to implementation for rural programs, including issues related to intervention characteristics, logistical challenges, and staffing issues.
Author(s): Dennis P. Watson, Monte D. Staton, Nicole Gastala
Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 17, 41
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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2021 Indiana's Physician Workforce: Data Report
Provides information on the 2021 physician workforce supply in Indiana, including data on primary care physicians and psychiatrists. Includes employment status and practice location, demographic and practice characteristics, specialties and services provided, and county-level location of physicians.
Author(s): Analise Dickinson, Sierra Vaughn, Hannah Maxey
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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A Descriptive Analysis of Food Pantries in Twelve American States: Hours of Operation, Faith-Based Affiliation, and Location
Describes the development and content of a charitable food dataset, including geographic information for 3,777 food pantries in 12 states. Features statistics including food insecurity in 2013-2015 and numbers of food pantries and faith-based food pantries, with breakdowns by state and urban or rural locations.
Author(s): Natalie D. Riediger, Lindsey Dahl, Rajeshwari A. Biradar, Adriana N. Mudryj, Mahmoud Torabi
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 525
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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"Hard to Say Goodbye Over iPad": Experiences of Palliative Care Providers and Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Communities of Indiana, United States
Explores healthcare professionals' perspectives about the challenges and barriers to providing palliative care in rural Indiana during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presents findings from interviews with 15 providers on restricted visitation, communication barriers, provider distress, and hospice services and referrals.
Author(s): Nasreen Lalani, Yun Cai, Yitong Wang
Citation: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 24(3), E94-E100
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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Palliative Care for Rural Growth and Wellbeing: Identifying Perceived Barriers and Facilitators in Access to Palliative Care in Rural Indiana, USA
Presents findings from interviews with 15 palliative care providers regarding access to palliative care in rural Indiana. Identifies barriers to and facilitators of palliative care access in rural Indiana.
Author(s): Nasreen Lalani, Yun Cai
Citation: BMC Palliative Care, 21(1), 25
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
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2020 Indiana Physician Assistant Workforce Brief
Information on demographics, education and practice characteristics, and distribution of Indiana physician assistants (PAs), based on data from PAs who renewed their licenses online and are actively practicing in Indiana or providing telemedicine services to Indiana residents. Includes a county-level map showing population to PA ratios, with a comparison of numbers of PAs in rural and urban counties.
Author(s): Hannah L. Maxey, Courtney Medlock
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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