Center for Health Policy, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

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The Center for Health Policy (CHP) is the research hub of the department of Health Policy and Management. Our mission is to generate evidence that informs decision-making in Indiana and beyond. CHP Fellows and staff conduct rigorous research and evaluation on health system performance and health policy issues, with a specific focus on: population health and analytics; substance misuse and mental health services; and public health systems and services research.


Recent Submissions

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    Injection Drug Use in Indiana: A Major Risk for HIV Transmission
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2016-01) Kooreman, Harold; Greene, Marion
    Illicit drug use is a significant public health issue. In 2014, approximately 27 million people, or 10.2 percent of the United States population 12 years of age or older, were currently using some type of illicit substance, while 7.1 million people 12 years of age or older could be classified as either abusing or being dependent on an illicit drug.
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    Treatment & Recovery for Substance Use Disorders in Indiana
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2016-10) Kooreman, Harold; Greene, Marion
    Substance abuse is a significant public health concern. When drug or alcohol use regularly causes a person substantial life consequences, he/she has likely transitioned from occasional, potentially problematic, use to having a substance use disorder (SUD). In 2014, almost half a million Hoosiers (8.5%) met the criteria for SUD.
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    Substance Use Among Young Adults in Indiana Who Are Not Enrolled in College
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2015-09) Kooreman, Harold; Kouns, Lyndy; Greene, Marion; Watson, Dennis; Golembiewski, Elizabeth
    The primary purpose of this study was to gather information on patterns and trends of substance use; reasons for using (or not using); and perceptions and beliefs regarding substance use within one’s social circle (peers) from our target population, i.e., Indiana residents ages 18 to 25 who do not attend, nor have graduated from, college.
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    Indiana Syringe Exchange Program
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2015-08) Servies, Alyssa; Reynolds, Melissa; Silverman, Ross
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “syringe exchange programs provide free sterile syringes and collect used syringes from injection-drug users to reduce transmission of blood borne pathogens, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.” Such an approach falls under the category of public health prevention known as “harm reduction,” which aim to minimize disease spread and injury (to the individual and to others) associated with high risk behaviors.
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    Substance Abuse in Indiana - An Urban-Rural Perspective
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2017-06) Kooreman, Harold; Greene, Marion
    The use of alcohol and drugs is a significant public health problem in the United States. Indiana, like many other states in the nation, is lacking in substance abuse treatment services and rural areas are particularly underserved. Rural residents may encounter additional barriers to receiving substance abuse treatment, including stigma, fear that they may know their treatment providers, a lack of access to specialized services, inferior quality of care, and having to pay more for treatment.
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    Indicators of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents in Indiana
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2015-07) Kelley, Andrea; Greene, Marion
    Mental health disorders among children and adolescents are an important public health issue across the United States. Many of our youth are suffering from mood, anxiety, behavior, and substance use disorders with onsets occurring as early as age 6; unfortunately, several do not receive treatment until years later.
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    The Effects of Tobacco Use on Oral Health in Indiana
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2010-07) Aguirre-Zero, Odette; Greene, Marion; Wright, Eric
    Tobacco use is associated with a variety of harmful consequences, including increased risk of numerous cancers; coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases; respiratory diseases in adults and children; and pregnancy complications. In addition, tobacco use imposes a considerable economic burden, accounting for $190 billion annually in healthcare expenditures and productivity losses.
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    Substance Misuse in Indiana
    (Ricjard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2021-05) The Center, for Health Policy
    Substance use continues to be a major public health concern, negatively impacting a variety of health, legal, and social outcomes.
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    Opioid Treatment Programs in Indiana - The Use of Medication in Addiction Treatment
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2013-01) Williams, Matthew; Greene, Marion; Wright, Eric
    Addiction to opioids (e.g., heroin, morphine, prescription pain relievers) is a serious health problem with wide-ranging social and economic implications. In 2010, more than 2 million Americans were affected, with 1.9 million U.S. residents addicted to prescription opioids and 359,000 addicted to heroin. Abuse of opioids, particularly heroin, has been associated with unintentional overdoses and transmission of hepatitis, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases.
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    Prenatal Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Indiana
    (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, 2012-06) Greene, Marion
    Consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can cause the infant to be born with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD is not a diagnosis, but an umbrella term that describes a group of conditions associated with prenatal alcohol exposure, including fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).