Community Impact

Engaging in key community issues

Research is key to improving the overall health of our community. IU Fort Wayne partners with local organization to facilitate community-engaged projects and further research that improves the health in Fort Wayne. 

Mask utilization study

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IU Fort Wayne observed more than 3,500 people at seven selected grocery stores in the area to see if residents were wearing their masks. The study was presented to the Allen County Board of Health Meeting. 

Learn more about this study

Post-COVID Clinic and research

In collaboration with the Parkview Post COVID Clinic, Dr. Fen Lei Chang, the medical director of the Parkview Post COVID Clinic and Dean of the School of Medicine Fort Wayne, is participating in research and clinical trials aimed at helping patients recover and return to the life they knew before COVID-19. 

Learn more about the Post COVID Clinic


School of Nursing researchers make headway on local policies of vaping

In 2019, two faculty members were recognized for their educational programs focused on e-cigarettes and public perception. Maria Hines and Denise Kneubuhler are educating influencers of youth on the risks of e-cigarettes based on national research. 

Through these programs and regional partnerships, the two faculty members are implementing educational approaches to change the perception of vaping and take measures to change local policies on nicotine use. 

Read the op-ed