IUP Research Appreciation Week to Celebrate IRMC Collaboration | News
Indiana University at Pennsylvania will showcase research collaboration and cutting-edge student and faculty research and creative activities during Research Appreciation Week at IUP through Friday.
A new event for this year’s celebration is IUP-Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) Day on Thursday. The event is an opportunity for IUP and IRMC professionals and the surrounding community to network, learn from each other and identify more opportunities to work together. The event includes a keynote address by Dr. Randall Longenecker, a renowned rural health expert.
Research Appreciation Week highlights the spirit of innovation and collaboration shared by all disciplines and recognizes the contributions that IUP’s original research and scholarship make to this region and to the world. IUP scholars have received over $11 million in research funds and sponsored activities for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“While we’ve moved to virtual events due to the coronavirus pandemic for Research Appreciation Week in 2020 and 2021 and haven’t missed a beat, it’s wonderful to be back. in person to celebrate some of the best research expertise and creativity of IUP arts students and faculty,” said IUP Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Hilliary Creely.
Thursday’s IUP-IRMC day was established to celebrate the strong and growing collaboration between the IUP and IRMC. The event, sponsored by the IUP/IRMC Health and Wellness Collaborative, will celebrate rural health and wellness in this premier collaborative education, research and awareness event.
Longenecker, Ohio University Assistant Dean, Rural and Underserved Programs, will deliver the keynote address for the event: “How Partnerships Can Define Rural Health Care.”
Longenecker, professor of family medicine, is also executive director of The RTT Collaborative, associate project director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education and Practice (Rural PREP), and is the central manager of the Rural Residency Planning and Assistance Center technical development (RRPD-TAC). He is an expert in rural health ethics and rural medical education. He has presented and published on rural medical education, rural health professions education research, rural health care ethics, and curriculum design.
Welcoming remarks from IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll and IRMC President and CEO Steve Wolfe are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Longenecker’s keynote address will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Current IRMC partnerships will be discussed from 10:00 to 10:40. am, including nursing, laboratory research, food and nutrition, and COVID-19 sewage research.
Creely and Dr. Tracy Eisenhower, Associate Director of the IUP Research Institute, will discuss “The Structure of Research at IUP” at 10:45 a.m. IUP students interested in health professions will have the chance to interact with IRMC employees during a networking lunch, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Research awards and a number of research success workshops, specifically for the IUP community, were scheduled throughout the week. A full calendar of Research Appreciation Week events is available on the IUP website, www.iup.edu/
For more information on Research Appreciation Week, please visit the IUP website and type Research Appreciation Week in the search field.
About Dr. Randall Longenecker
Longenecker’s extensive experience as a clinician and educator has given him a deep understanding of the challenges faced by physicians choosing to practice in medically underserved rural or urban areas – as well as the best ways to encourage and prepare more of doctors in training to make that choice. In recognition of his role in preparing medical students and residents for rural practice, he has received three national awards: the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2009, the Excellence in Education from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in 2011. and the Outstanding Educator Award from the National Rural Health Association in 2014. Longenecker joined Heritage College as the first assistant dean for rural and malnourished programs. serviced in 2012.
In this position, he developed the college’s Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways program, a curriculum enhancement aimed at preparing medical students to practice effectively and sustainably in underserved communities. In 2016, RUSP saw its first five students graduate with DO degrees, and the program continues to grow, involving more than 10% of the medical school class across all three Heritage College campuses.
Longenecker is also Executive Director of the RTT Collaborative, a national, nonprofit rural programs cooperative dedicated to sustaining health professions education in rural areas. Since July 2016, he has been Associate Project Director for Rural PREP, a national collaboration for rural primary care research, education and practice.
Born out of a five-year cooperative agreement with the United States Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Rural PREP’s goals are to conduct and sponsor research on the education of health professionals; share research findings and best practices with educators and rural health care providers; and fostering and engaging with “communities of practice and research” – an area in which Heritage College’s Office of Rural and Underserved Programs and its Department of Family Medicine are at the forefront. Since 2018, he has been the central manager of the Technical Assistance Center for Rural Residence Planning and Development, anchored at the University of North Carolina and established under an HRSA grant to assist in the development of rural programs in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry.
In these and other roles, Longenecker has presented and published in regional, national and international venues on the topics of rural medical education, research in rural health professions education, rural health care ethics and curriculum design and implementation.
Prior to joining Heritage College, Longenecker practiced as a comprehensive family physician, including maternity care, in western Ohio from 1982 to 2012, and served as program director of the medical residency program. Family/Rural Training from The Ohio State University from 1997-2011. He also has a strong background in bioethical decision-making, having served for more than two decades on the bioethics committee at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, Ohio, period during which he led several retreats and bioethical summits.