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WNIN continuing coverage of a federal lawsuit against the University of Evansville and former theater professor Scott Lank for alleged racial and sexual harassment.

UE institute working to boost public health

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The University of Evansville has announced an effort to improve public health. 

UE says its new Institute for Public Health will provide students hands-on experience while addressing community needs.

The head of the institute, Dr. Will McConnell, told reporters its first major project is leading and collaborating with 11 hospital systems across Indiana in a 39-county Community Health Needs Assessment…

"About 88,00o households will be involved in the project and data collection for that will wrap up near the end of May, and we'll start assisting hospitals with their community benefit efforts."

McConnell said the survey should produce important feedback…

"We collect information from local households, we ask them about the types of health services that they might have received or feel they might need and this is a way for hospitals to get that kind of feedback."

UE President Tom Kazee called the institute a great addition to what he called “remarkable collaborative efforts” ahead of the opening of the med school in Downtown Evansville.

The new facility has been renamed the Evansville Center for Health Sciences.

A ribbon cutting is set for August 9th.