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2019 Outstanding Program Award Winner

Congratulations to Indiana University Bloomington

The Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative was honored with the inaugural Outstanding Program of the Year award by EPIC-N during its eighth annual conference in Tampa, Florida.

Students from the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design develop interior and exterior designs for the Black Vulture Project, an art shop, studio, gallery and retail space in Paoli, Indiana. Photo by Jeni Waters, Indiana University

Projects launched through Sustaining Hoosier Communities are designed to build community capacity and address needs and opportunities in health and wellness, resilience, and quality of place. The initiative harnesses the EPIC-N ‘EPIC Model’ and has adapted it to suit rural communities.

Jane Rogan, Sustaining Hoosier Communities Director, receives the Outstanding Program award from EPIC-N Vice President and Hoosier alumna, Jessica Barlow.

“We are grateful to EPIC-N, not only for this recognition of the dedication to collaboration shown by communities and Indiana University’s faculty, students and staff, but also for its support of an impactful and adaptive model for university-community teaching engagement that has inspired meaningful work and transformation around the globe,” said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

Recent projects include a mental health and addictions community survey by the School of Social Work that has expanded to help the state combat the opioid epidemic; a rural nursing initiative that engages School of Nursing students in more than 450 rural home health visits with patients with chronic illnesses; and art and design projects that reactivate community spaces and improve quality of place.

IU nursing students speak with community nurses in Paoli as part of the rural nursing initiative. Photo by Jeni Waters, Indiana University

The IU Center for Rural Engagement improves the lives of Hoosiers through collaborative initiatives that discover and deploy scalable and flexible solutions to common challenges facing rural communities. Working in full-spectrum community innovation through research, community-engaged teaching and student service, the center builds vision, harnesses assets and cultivates sustainable leadership structures within the communities with which it engages to ensure long-term success.