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Prof. Brian Dixon '01 to Receive 'Inspiring Alumni Award' from College Mentors for Kids

Prof. Brian Dixon '01 to Receive 'Inspiring Alumni Award' from College Mentors for Kids

February 6, 2019

Brian E. Dixon, associate professor in the department of epidemiology, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and 2001 graduate of DePauw University, will be awarded the first-ever Inspiring Alumni Award at College Mentor for Kids’ annual event, Inspire! The luncheon will take place on Thursday, February 21, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.

The Inspiring Alumni Award is presented to a former mentor or chapter leader who has exemplified and furthered College Mentors for Kids’ mission and values since graduating from the program. Dixon started the DePauw chapter of College Mentors for Kids in 1998. The nonprofit "connects kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures."

Dr. Dixon "is an accomplished scholar, trailblazer in public health informatics, and devoted philanthropic leader," notes today's announcement. "Mentorship, he says, 'is important because it allows me to develop individuals who are the future leaders in my field, in my organizations, and in the community. I have benefitted from mentorship, and it is important that I help mentor the next generation.'"

Active in bettering his community, Dixon has served on the board of College Mentors for Kids; as president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration; in various leadership roles for the American Medical Informatics Association; and on the board of directors for the International Society for Disease Surveillance. Dixon also volunteers for JumpIN for Health Kids and as Cubmaster for Pack 398.

Dixon also serves as director of public health informatics at Regenstrief Institute and "created the public health informatics fellowship program which offers mentorship for both pre- and post- doctoral students and mentors dozens of students on an individual basis. As one mentee says, 'It is hard not to be impressed by Brian. As a doctoral student who has chosen an academic pursuit, I strive to follow his lead. His devotion to people is inspiring.'"

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In 2014, Dixon was listed among the Indianapolis Business Journal's "Forty Under 40." The publication noted that Dixon works "on the cutting edge of health information technology." A computer science major and Bonner Scholar at DePauw, Dixon worked after graduation as a computer programmer for the Regenstrief Institute, a non-profit health informatics organization, where he was encouraged to work toward a Ph.D. In addition to teaching, Dr. Dixon continues his work at Regenstrief where he works on "computer systems that allow doctors to enter orders for medications and lab tests and for consultations with specialists," wrote Lou Harry.