Indiana Pandemic Information Collaborative: Controlling COVID-19 through a Multi-disciplinary Network of Public and Private Stakeholders

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged America’s public health infrastructure in a manner unseen in over a century. While some of the first hard-hit areas, such as New York City, are cautiously reporting declining case volumes, hospitalizations, and mortality rates, several states and urban areas are just now (mid-June) reporting new peaks, underscoring the unpredictable and rampant nature of this communicable disease.

The national emergency resulting from COVID-19 has catalyzed state-level innovation in crisis response. With broad federal guidelines, states have had to quickly devise their own strategies to mitigate the rapid spread of the virus within their own jurisdictions. Collaborative decision-making and resource sharing have been paramount in this unprecedented environment.

As the country is gradually reopening, states must learn from each other and share promising practices. Not only must stakeholders work together within their states, but also across state lines in order to avoid future shut-downs and more lost lives and livelihoods.

Indiana, a relatively populous state in the nation’s heartland, has controlled COVID-19 through a multidisciplinary network of public health experts, leveraging key assets through a collaborative approach. Even before the first cases were reported in Indiana, key stakeholders from public and private sectors came together to identify existing resources and gaps, prioritize statewide response efforts, and develop a common platform to prepare for the spread of the disease into its state borders. This platform formalized into the Indiana Pandemic Information Collaborative (IPIC).

Associate Professor of Pediatrics