Press Release – IHIF Annual Meeting Showcases Partnerships

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Jones, 317-752-9809
kjones@ihif.org
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 7, 2015) – The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is hosting the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting today at the Brickyard Crossing and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The state’s health science trade association is celebrating the organization’s 21stanniversary with “Motorsports to Medicine”, a program featuring a partnership with the National Pain Foundation’s Global Pain Initiative and presentations by Dr. Terry Trammell and Representative Susan W. Brooks, who also received the group’s Legislator of the Year award.The IHIF Annual Meeting, which is open to all members of the state’s health science business community, is one of the leading industry networking events of the year.  The program opened with a general reception featuring student research posters through a partnership with IHIF, Project Lead the Way, the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology in Lawrence Township, and the Greenfield- Central Community School Corporation.  Student participation awards were sponsored by Iotron Industries USA.“The IHIF Annual Meeting is our greatest opportunity to showcase some of our most important partnerships”, said Kristin Jones, President and CEO of IHIF.  “This is the second year for the student research poster display and it is one of the biggest draws for the event.  The opportunity to work with the Global Pain Initiative and highlight their work in healthcare, digital health, and motorsports, could not be a better match”.  As part of the partnership, the Global Pain Initiative displayed their race car with the IHIF logo, at the opening of the meeting.  Driver Mark Lambert was also on hand.IHIF presented Eric Marr, President and CEO of Diversity Accords, as the new Chairman of the IHIF Board of Directors.  He succeeds Elaine Lee, with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who concludes her two-year term. “It has been an honor and delight to serve as Chair of IHIF’s Board of Directors”, said Lee. “The organization is on a tremendous growth curve and it has been exciting to be a part of the leadership team that is helping to put the supporting structure in place.  I look forward to continuing my participation on the board and helping to further expand the organization”.

IHIF also released the 2014 Annual Report and provided an overview of the progress made on “The Statewide Strategic Plan for Indiana’s Health Science Sector”.  “The Strategic Plan directs our activities throughout the year”, said Jones.  “We are accountable to our members and the members of the industry who requested action on these recommendations and we are pleased to report that in many areas, we have made substantial progress”.   Both the Annual Report and the Strategic Plan Update presentation may be found on-line at www.ihif.org.

IHIF would like to thank the event sponsors for their support: Barnes &Thornburg, LLP, Cook Medical, Commissioning Agents, VWR, BIO, Hylant, Iotron Industries, Top Dog Communications, and Miles Printing.

About IHIF

IHIF is a statewide trade association representing members of Indiana’s health science business community.  The diverse members of the Indiana Health Industry Forum generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry.  Our mission is to connect key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.  For more information, please visit www.ihif.org

About the Global Pain Initiative

The National Pain Foundation is launching the Global Pain Initiative to create the largest global digital community of people with pain.  The community will be the source of what will become the most comprehensive observational database on people with chronic pain, their behaviors, treatments and needs. Through mining, appending and analyzing this database, researchers, healthcare providers, industry and the public will have a significantly improved and actionable understanding of pain.

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