The Bowen Health Workforce Information Portal (HWIP)
Between May and July of 2016, the Bowen Center conducted an assessment of stakeholders’ data access and health workforce mapping needs. Based on needs identified by stakeholders, a data portal from which customized health workforce information would be accessed was prioritized. Technical and functional requirements for the Bowen Health Workforce Information Portal were established with the assistance of an advisory committee composed of executive decision makers from key state agencies, who provided ongoing input on technical and functional requirements, wireframes, and graphic design specifications. Three major functions were defined during this process: an Interactive Workforce Mapper, a Map Gallery, and a Data Download application. These functional components will provide a solid foundation from which future expansion may occur in order to provide Indiana with timely and relevant health workforce data to inform health workforce policy and planning.
About the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy
Established in 1991, the Bowen Research Center was named in honor of Otis R. Bowen, M.D., former Governor of Indiana, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the United States, and Chair of the National Governor’s Association, and faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine. In 2015, the center was renamed the “The Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy”. The center has a long standing history of generating various types of information such as scientific articles, research reports, conference papers, presentations and posters. The center also has a rich history of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating health workforce data and research for the State of Indiana as well as various federal initiatives.
Partners & Collaborators
Ongoing financial support is provided by the Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana Family Social Services Administration, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Although the Bowen Center maintains this data system, the data remain the property of the State of Indiana. The HWIP was developed by The Polis Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in collaboration with Bowen and the IU Department of Biostatistics.