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Health and Human Services Building open house set for May 11

May 3, 2018

An open house to explore the first completed phase of the Health and Human Services Building - the largest state-funded project in Indiana State University's history - is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 11.

The event, which is open to the public, will kick off with remarks at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to enter through the Fourth Street entrance. Light refreshments will be provided.

In July 2016, the university broke ground on the silver LEED-certified project, which includes major upgrades to improve temperature control and air quality in the building as well as technology improvements. Interior space reconfiguration enables academic programs to function more efficiently, and an 87,000-square-foot expansion will house new and existing academic programs.

The $64 million project's second phase, which includes renovation of classrooms and labs in the 1960s-era Arena building, is expected to wrap up spring 2019.

The renovation and expansion project addresses the critical need for classrooms and laboratories to support the rapid growth the College of Health and Human Services has experienced in recent years. It now educates more than 2,700 undergraduates, 750 graduate students and employs 93 full-time faculty and 55 full-time staff.

The facility will help mold the 21st health care professional by bringing the different health care disciplines under one roof, aiding in inter-professional education and allowing students from various health and wellness disciplines to participate in collaborative learning.

"This new building ... is concrete evidence in the investment of the state of Indiana in the health, health and wellness and social services workforce needs of Indiana," said Caroline Mallory, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "The College of Health and Human Services is where students come to become professionals, where the faculty teaching scholarship and career-readiness, and where the public can be assured that we are using their resources to improve the quality of life for all of Indiana."

Health care professions are some of the fastest growing, high-wage jobs in Indiana, where 11 of the careers on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development's Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs list are in the health care field, including registered nurses, which is ranked No. 1.

A study released in 2017 by the Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of between 40,800 and 104,900 doctors nationwide. By 2030, the study estimates a shortfall of between 7,300 and 43,100 primary care physicians and non-primary care specialties are expected to experience a shortfall of between 33,500 and 61,800 physicians.

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Media contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications and media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or libby.roerig@indstate.edu

 

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The event, which is open to the public, will kick off with remarks at 1 p.m. Guests are asked to enter through the Fourth Street entrance. Light refreshments will be provided.

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