While new laws, funding, and research work to mitigate issues like substance use disorder (SUD) and human trafficking, they remain pervasive. Those in certain professions — public safety, social work, and nursing — are still on the frontline, helping people in a time of crisis.
This May, Indiana University will again offer its one-day certificate program that educates students preparing to enter these professions with a variety of sessions on topics like overdose reversal, battling stigma, and identifying and reducing human trafficking in Indiana.
The IU Interagency and Interprofessional Education Initiative, formerly the Grand Challenge Cadet Training Program, is offered through a partnership between the IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IPE), the Center for Rural Engagement, the Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge, IU Police Academy, the Department of Criminal Justice, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work.
Last year, the program drew sixty students from a variety of disciplines. One of those students was Cheyanna Heid, an IU Police Department recruit at the time, now a part-time officer with the department.