1964 The Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc.
was chartered in May of 1964 and was launched under the
leadership and direction of A.C. Offutt, M.D. It was
established for the purpose of employing the necessary means to
advance and promote research, studies and demonstrations needed
for the advancement of public health. The Foundation also served
as a resource management agency (fiscal) for educational
conferences conducted by program areas of the Indiana State
Board of Health; i.e. The Governor's Conference for the
Handicapped; American College of Surgeons; Emergency Medical
Services for school bus operators training program in
cooperation with the Indiana Traffic Safety Council and the
State Department of Public Instruction (a three year program);
National Congress Parent-Teachers Research Grant on the Effects
of Tobacco on Health (a video production )and hypertension.
Over a four-year period, the Foundation assisted special
committees with expertise to develop criteria and standards for
use in state wide planning for special medical problems in acute
care, including open heart surgery, cardiac catherization and
angiography, radiation therapy, end stage renal disease and
perinatal care. The Foundation served as the fiscal agent for
the development of the State Health Planning Agency and employed
the staff required to develop the agency. The Foundation
accepted the responsibility to serve as the fiscal agent for a
number of special education and training programs for home
health care personnel, long term care, nutrition education for
the patient, and medical care in-service education. The
Foundation also generated some revenue through the sale of
A series of seminars for local health officers on Current
Developments in Public Health were initiated in 1967 with a
314(d) grant. These seminars, which provide continuing medical
education credits for physicians, are continued today using
registration fees. The Foundation also provides continuing
education unit seminars for the Indiana Educational Embalmers
Affiliate, whose members are licensed funeral directors and
embalmers. These Seminars are also funded through registration
The Foundation initiated the first seminars on Medicines'
Contribution to Independent Living for the Elderly Population in
1983. These programs continued for ten years.
“The Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Awards" (Indiana’s
Premier Health Awards) were inaugurated on October 1, 1985.
Forest Tucker, a personal friend of Mary Fendrich Hulman, served
as the principal speaker at the first awards dinner. Over 300
people attended this event.
In 1995 twenty-nine professional health organizations including
legal, industrial and professional health care providers were
brought together and developed the first Congress on Health Care
on the Impact of Regulations on the Health Care Industry. The
Congress continued until the year two thousand with a number of
spin off programs being developed as a result.
In 2006 The Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc. and the
Indiana Association of Public Health Physicians, Inc. held "A
Summit on Public Health and the Law" in cooperation with
partners including the American Bar Association, Center for
Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Hospital Corporation
of Marion County, ICE Miller LLP, Indiana Hospital and Health
Association, I.U. School of Law-Indianapolis, Marion County
Health Department, Public Health Law Program and the Hall Center
for Law and Health at I.U. School of Law. The Foundation was
also a partner with the Marion County Health Department and the
Indiana Department of Education in providing a "Summit on
Pandemic Flu and Other Emerging Health Issues" for school nurses
and county health nurses throughout Indiana.
2008 Provided the
first CME credits for the Indiana State Department of Health for
its Local Health Departments Advisory Committee Retreats August
In addition to the early
responsibility for grants management, the Foundation has
served during the past several years as the fiscal management
agency for Grief and Loss Grants, funded by the Bindley
Foundation and Simon Foundation; a Family Preservation grant
funded through the Family and Social Services Agency (FSSA); and
Family Preservation grants from the Indiana State Department of
Health (ISDH), Women's Fund, and St Vincent's. The Foundation
is designated by the Indiana State Medical Association as an
accredited provider of continuing medical education for
physicians. It is also registered with the State of Indiana as
a vendor. The Foundation also provides the service of improving
the readability score of health related documents.
2013 The IPHF,
Inc. is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Indiana
Public Health Association. and the continuation of Indiana's
Premier Health Awards.
1946 - The
Indiana Public Health Association was formed in 1946 to unify
efforts for advancing public health in the state of Indiana.
Starting with only 26 members, the Association grew to over 600
members within two years. An annual meeting was
established and committees were formed.
IPHA became an affiliate of the American Public Health
Association through a grant from the Indiana State Department of
Health, and hired its first full-time staff person.
2013 - Today
IPHA continues on the foundation created over fifty years ago by
bringing together health care providers, environmental health
professionals, registrars and educators in partnership with
Indiana communities to be a voice for the health of the public.