ISU faculty member honored for promoting health care education

April 2 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Robyn Lugar, chair of the Indiana State University Department of Social Work, is the 2008 recipient of the West Central Indiana AHEC “Partnership Matters” award presented by the Indiana Area Health Education Center during the group’s annual meeting March 25.

Lugar was honored for her role in securing funding to recruit students and encourage them to seek careers in the health professions.

Lugar, together with ISU faculty members Veda Gregory and Yasenka Peterson, conducted 19 “road shows” where the interdisciplinary team makes class presentations and has health career display booths at junior high and high schools located in the West Central Indiana AHEC’s 11 county service area. Many of the junior high and high school class instructors have asked that these programs be repeated every semester/trimester.

The same professors collaborated to develop a week-long interdisciplinary “health careers summer honors program” to be held on the ISU campus in July. The program allows students an opportunity to learn through classroom and an agency-based volunteer experience at local health and social service agencies to learn about the professionals that respond to complex human concerns while becoming certified in CPR and First Aid and obtaining Disaster Education Training.

West Central Indiana AHEC is providing funding to enable up to 50 disadvantaged high school students to attend the summer honors programs at no cost. Priority for the funding will be given to students coming from the counties designated as health professions shortage and/or medically underserved.

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a federal program responding to physician and health-care provider shortages in underserved and rural areas. To date, there are more than 180 AHEC offices in 46 states, including five regional centers in Indiana providing services to all 92 counties.

Indiana AHEC’s program office is at the Indiana University School of Medicine on the IU Medical Center campus. Statewide the program’s objective is to improve the distribution of health-care professionals in underserved areas, and improve the diversity and quality of education of the health-care workforce in Indiana.

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Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Robyn Lugar, chair of the Indiana State University Department of Social Work, is the 2008 recipient of the West Central Indiana AHEC "Partnership Matters" award presented by the Indiana Area Health Education Center during the group's annual meeting March 25.

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