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1. Building Workforce Capabilities for Public Health Performance Improvement and Accreditation

A national initiative in the public health domain is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of Tribal, state, local, and territorial public health departments. A voluntary accreditation process has been underway in a number of pilot states. The performance of their local health departments are measured against a set of nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidenced-based standards, administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA) teamed up with Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington in 2013 to identify local health departments’ (LHDs) pursuit and progress toward accreditation. Seventy-one (76.3%) Indiana LHDs responded to an online survey between June 28 and November 22, 2013. The survey measured accreditation intention, activities, needs and barriers. CGUS is collaborating with the team in discerning the barriers for pursuing accreditation as well as the needs from the LHDs. With the understanding, CGUS is designing curriculum for building the workforce capability of the LHDs for providing quality public health services to the Indiana residents in the 21st Century.

 


2. Mining the Big Data for Health

2.1 Enhancing Cancer Prevention in Women

There has been increasing awareness and media coverage of breast cancer in the recent years that breast cancer incidence is trending upwards, specifically in the younger age group of 25-39 years. Epidemiologic studies have shown positive associations between modifiable lifestyle factors such as improved dietary intake and decreased risk of aggressive breast cancer subtypes seen more frequently in the low-income, underserved populations. Many of these factors can actually be addressed through preventive care. The research aims to discern why and how the target consumers have been using social media for health-related matters. It is currently exploring the process of collecting and analyzing social media posts on, for example, Facebook and Twitter, and using social media monitoring software, such as Radian6 or NodeXL to identify, collect, and analyze social media content created by the target population.

2.2 Enriching Student Learning Experience

Mining big data for enhancing student learning experience, mental wellness, and success. CGUS collaborates with Purdue's Provost Office and Entrepreneurship Center on a big data initiative. Studies have provided evidence that emotional and social factors predict student success. CGUS focuses on mining the existing social media data that Purdue owns to learn more about student experience/perspective/challenges so as to formulate strategies for promoting profitable learning experience, student mental wellness, and future life successes.