Annual Report

TAP Leadership


E. Dan Hirleman, Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer

E. Dan Hirleman, Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer

Randy Hountz, PHA Director

Randy Hountz, PHA Director

Dave Snow, MEP Director

Dave Snow, MEP Director

Mat Trampski, TAP IT Director

Mat Trampski, TAP IT Director


From the TAP Leadership Team

For over three decades, the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP) has served Indiana companies to advance economic prosperity, health, and quality of life in Indiana and beyond. To accomplish this mission, the organization has worked with a variety of organizations in the healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit, and government sectors throughout the state. For fiscal year 2018, Purdue TAP served more than 1,800 employers to address business issues, continuous improvement, technology adoption, workforce development, and more. Ultimately, these projects help these companies remain competitive, become more efficient, retain and create jobs, and invest in Indiana.

Due to the extent of the workforce issues, Purdue TAP has continued to expand workforce and leadership development offerings. The manufacturing sector, particularly hard hit by the workforce shortages, has helped to ensure the program’s success. 

Healthcare continues to transition to value-based care and pay-for-performance agreements with payers, and their need for quality and process improvement continue to grow. Healthcare workers need change making capability – from process and quality improvement to advanced use of analytics and helping build new worker and patient behaviors – and we are expanding our efforts to help build capacity in these critical areas.

A continued strength of the TAP program is assisting companies with training and development of staff. Over 4,700 employees completed training in a broad range of business, healthcare, and industrial offerings.

These programs are making a difference in Indiana. In the past year, manufacturers that engaged with the TAP program reported the creation or retention of 3,186 jobs, increased or retained sales of $396.1 million, cost savings of $69.5 million, and investments of $65.8 million.

Purdue TAP continues to leverage state and federal funds to help healthcare organizations transform to value-based care, and in the past year worked with 596 healthcare organizations including over 5,000 providers in several multi-state initiatives.  And as the tremendous need for increased cyber security training and technical assistance grows, Purdue TAP is expanding our work in healthcare to other high-need areas including manufacturing and workforce development.

The Purdue TAP team of industry experts, faculty, students and staff takes pride in the impact of their work throughout Indiana. We encourage you to explore how this program could transform your business.

Purdue TAP Leadership Team


September 2018

Advising Business, Industry, & Government

Employers Served

In 2017-18, TAP faculty, graduate students, and staff worked with 1,243 employers and governmental units in 85 counties across Indiana.


Received $7,328,361 in funding from 168 sources

Economic Impact Data

July 2017 - June 2018

Increased Sales: $87.4 million
Retained Sales: $309 million
Cost Savings: $69.5 million
Capital Investment: $65.8 million


Jobs added/saved: 3,186


Employees trained: 4,566


Received $1,504,168 in funding from 36 sources


Healthcare Workers Trained: 181
Physicians assisted: 5,000+

Providers Served

In 2017-18, Purdue Healthcare Advisors and its staff served 596 healthcare organizations in 78 counties.

Major Projects

  • Leading Indiana’s Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network efforts with helping over 3,000 providers prepare for value-based care.
  • Helping 175 Medicaid practices with Meaningful Use.
  • Completed over 200 security risk assessments at over 600 providers sites.
  • Assisting 14 Critical Access Hospitals implement value streams and build process improvement capability.
  • Assisting 52 Indiana practices with AHRQ-funded research on deployment of heart health evidence.
  • Helped over 2,000 Medicare under-resourced providers with value-based care assistance
  • Continuing working with the Indiana State Department of Health in operations and smoking cessation
  • Launched remote training/coaching with Oregan Office of Rural Health Critical Access Hospitals
  • Launched PHA Direct, our online learning, coaching, and collaboration technology platform, including PHA Connect - a respository of nearly 200 curated successful healthcare improvements


2017-18 Funding for Business and Healthcare

Total: $8,832,529 from 204 funding sources
(No General Funds)

Funding Legend

Federal Grant ($3,102,059)

 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


State ($2,842,958)


Fee for Service ($2,887,512)




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