We proudly serve a wide range of stakeholders: legislative and state officials, academics and researchers, health care professionals, employers, and advocates. Our portfolio is a mix of work that we do through our contract with the State as well as projects that are requested by stakeholders and partners.
We are experts in developing multifaceted, applied research projects and synthesizing the information to provide clients and partners with actionable solutions. Take a look at what we are currently working on and if you need our assistance for something similar, we would love to get in touch.
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Large Scale Projects
We partner with the State of Indiana on the collection, management, and reporting of health workforce information. We provide subject matter expertise throughout the development and implementation of health workforce data collection strategies, and we engage stakeholders to ensure alignment of these strategies with the state priorities. Once the data are collected, we apply data management processes and ultimately storing longitudinal data in a relational database (Indiana Health Professions Database). This database is the source for our data reports, briefs, and interactive Tableau dashboards. Getting data into the hands of policy makers and other stakeholders to inform their decision making is a top goal for our data related activities.
The Bowen Center is spearheading a collaborative project which is focused on understanding Indiana’s post-secondary pipeline to practice for mental and behavioral health workers and identifying opportunities to strengthen the workforce. We are delighted to coordinate the Playbook Project through generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc
Indiana is developing a Direct Service Workforce State Plan for the long-term services and support sector in home and community-based settings. This plan will serve to inform and align related policies and investments in a manner that encourages workforce recruitment and retention, ensures quality and safety of LTSS services, and supports the well-being of the workforce and the individuals they serve.
Indiana’s EMS Workforce is critical to the State’s infrastructure. EMTs and paramedics face challenges such as low-wage, high turnover, and high physical stress. All these factors result in ongoing staffing shortages. Although widely known in Indiana, the state has been unable to confidently quantify the probleam at a granular level. IDHS and IDOH have partnered with The Bowen Center to conduct an evaluation of Indiana’s EMS Workforce.
Diversity in the health workforce has been demonstrated to increase quality and access to health care in underserved communities. Racially and ethnically diverse health care providers are more likely to practice in underserved communities, and in some cases gender diversity has been associated with better health outcomes for certain populations. However, the best outcomes are observed when the health workforce reflects the community they serve.
The Indiana Health Workforce Diversity Brief Series includes a longitudinal assessment of the Indiana workforce demographics.
Improving infant and maternal health is a major priority for Indiana. There has historically been a large focus on both maternal and infant health in research and policy activities without much examination on paternal health. The goal of this study is to understand the perspectives of Indianapolis fathers with regards to their personal health and how it contributes to the health of their families.
The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center has long served as a partner to academic training programs throughout Indiana, but there has never been a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of this partnership on Indiana’s health workforce. This project will quantify and evaluate the impact of this partnership on the health care workforce in Indiana.
The Council was formed to “coordinate health workforce-related policies, programs, and initiatives in Indiana with the goal to decrease costs, increase access, and enhance Indiana’s health system quality.” Both the private and public sectors are brought together on the Council, allowing for executive branch, legislators, and industry leaders to discuss Indiana’s health care workforce issues and develop collaborative solutions. We provide expert health workforce data and policy research support to the Council and support for the Council’s administrative functions.