Dr. James Ballard has been named executive director of the Indiana Area Health Education Centers network at the IU School of Medicine. The network aims to "improve health by recruiting, educating and retaining health care professionals for underserved communities in Indiana."
Ballard comes to the school from the University of Kentucky, where he served as associate director of the university’s Center for Interprofessional Health Education. He also worked with the UK Area Health Education Center.
"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Indiana to work with the Indiana AHEC team," said Ballard. "This is a premier program that has accomplished a great deal in very little time. I am excited to think about the opportunities that exist for this program and, ultimately, the citizens of Indiana and beyond."
Ballard will serve as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine.