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Nursing Faculty Publishes in Qualitative Health Research Journal

Kim MartzKim Martz, associate professor for the School of Nursing, published an article in Qualitative Health Research in September.

The article, “The Changing Nature of Guilt in Family Caregivers: Living Through Care Transitions of Parents at the End of Life,” analyzes the transition process of moving an elderly family member to a hospice home and the guilt family members feel during the process.

Martz’s findings indicated that guilt surrounding the transfer of an elderly family member escalated during the initial stages but was lessened by achieving what family members deemed as a “good” death resulting from hospice care. The findings provided new insights into family-focused perspectives in care transfers of the dying.

Martz has a strong interest in research and has participated in research teams with a variety of research experiences in end of life issues and vulnerable populations. As a member of the Idaho End of Life Coalition, Martz assisted in the development of a field survey assessment on Idaho specific views on end of life issues. With her interest in vulnerable populations, she participated as a research team member in a study of Somali Bantu refugees and disseminated their research in several peer-reviewed abstracts and publications including Advances in Nursing Science in 2010. Martz also obtained a grant from the Office of External Funding at Boise State to study the collaboration of care between hospice and skilled nursing facilities which resulted in a publication in the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing in 2011.

Read the full journal article here.

Nursing Faculty Publishes in International Journal of Evidence Based Healthcare

Pamela StrohfusPam Strohfus, associate professor and coordinator of DNP program for the School of Nursing, published an article in the International Journal of Evidence Based Healthcare in September. Sharon Brown, Central District Health Department, and Paige Potratz, student in the School of Nursing, coauthored the article.

The article, titled, “Effective and Sustainable Advice Line Promotes Safe Vaccine Practices” analyzed the SHOT LINE Telephone Assistance Resource effectiveness in providing health care providers with timely and consistent information on immunization administration.

SHOT LINE was created to advise healthcare personnel with immunization questions. Strohfus analyzed ten years of SHOT LINE call data through categorizing types of calls, types of personnel calling, facility type, information needed, and education provided. She found that SHOT LINE had provided timely education to healthcare personnel whose primary responsibilities were immunization practice management, administration, and vaccine handling.

Strohfus’ findings revealed a significant need for timely advice in immunization practice management and error reporting was an unexpected outcome of the advice line. She also found the line users had grown to include parents, school nurses, child care providers, and emergency personnel. Strohfus concluded that SHOT LINE prevents errors, increases accuracy of vaccine management, and provides timely education.

Over the last 11 years, Strohfus’ research focus has been threefold: one, insure effective vaccine delivery, two, influence immunization policy changes, and three, increase immunization rates in Idaho. Prior to coming to Boise State, she spent 20 years at Kaiser Permanente in Colorado and California working in nursing, quality programs, management and administration. Prior to her career at Kaiser Permanente, her nursing background included medical/surgical, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics and primary care. Strohfus currently serves on the Board of the Idaho Immunization Coalition as Past Chair and the Immunization Advisory Board at CDHD.

Read the article here.

Academic Advisor to Serve Second Term for Academic Advising Today

Studio portrait of Olga Salinas.

Olga Salinas, academic advisor for Student Services and Academic Advising, has been asked to serve a second two-year term as a reviewer for Academic Advising Today. Academic Advising Today is the quarterly electronic publication for the National Academic Advising Association, the global community for academic advising.

Kinesiology Faculty Hosts Wilderness Survival Skills Field Trip

By: Cienna Madrid

bell_kenOn Sept. 22, Ken Bell, associate professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, lead a combined team of 15 Boise State students, 20 Timberline High School students and 20 North Junior High students on an overnight trip to Garden Valley to put into practice outdoor adventure skills the students were learning, including how to build primitive shelters, purify water, fly fish and build fires, among other things.

The collaborative outdoor adventure project developed from a workshop Bell completed with other teachers last summer.

“We thought, let’s take these kids, in my case P.E. majors, out into nature and help them apply their skills in a fun setting,” Bell said. “Each set of students was learning different skill sets, so they were able mentor each other.”

The overnight trip was featured in the Idaho Statesman as well as the Boise County Connection.

Healthy Habits, Healthy U Receives Grant

spear_caile2Caile Spear, professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, has received a grant from PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement in the amount of $23,632 to support Healthy Habits, Healthy U (HHHU). HHHU is an educational collaboration between St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute and Boise State University College of Health Sciences. The grant has been used to hire a new graduate assistant, Lynn Fyanes, who is now the program coordinator for HHHU.

The program now has 14 teaching assistants and began its third year of Boise Independent School District  instruction on September 23. The program plans to reach 900 junior high students in fall 2016 and again in spring 2017. HHHU will also be in fourth grade classrooms in ten Title I schools in spring 2017.

HHHU is a community outreach initiative involving Boise State Health Education and Promotion students designed to teach and reinforce positive habits in children. The program started in April 2013 and to date has reached more than 3,000 fourth- and eighth-grade students. The program consists of two days of lesson plans and focuses on the positive connection between increased physical activity and healthy food beverage choices with reduced cancer risks. St. Luke’s pathology lab provides cancerous and non-cancerous tissue samples for students to examine. Read more here.

Asian World in Idaho Conference Takes Place October 15


The Asian World in Idaho Conference, co-chaired by School of Nursing faculty Betzi Quiroz and Anna Ulrich, will be taking place Saturday, October 15. The conference is a three part celebration of the Asian culture in Idaho with an educational component, a gala/dinner and a silent auction.

The gala, dinner, and silent auction will be held the day before the conference on Friday, October 14 at the Knitting Factory in downtown Boise at 6:00 pm.

The educational component of the conference will be held at the Boise State Student Union Building Hatch Ballroom from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2150 West Boise Avenue.

Parking is free with registration.

The conference is free and open to the public and aims to unite the community with particular focus on the Asian refugee and immigrant populations and to explore the way that families, traditions, food, health, values, and economic and community well-being facilitate healing, education, and collaboration.

In addition, individuals with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Regional Network will be attending the conference to host and moderate a roundtable discussion.

The Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for these groups by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where these groups remain underserved. The Regional Network was launched in 2013 and comprises over 170 members in 10 regions, representing more than 30 federal agencies. The network seeks to build relationships between the federal government and the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders community by coordinating outreach and engagement efforts across regional offices.

Please contact Kara Fink at if you need language assistance.

Ed Baker and Dave Schmitz Receive National Award

Ed Baker, director of the Center for Health Policy, and David Schmitz, chief rural officer and program director of Rural Training Tracks at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and Baker’s partner in the Community Apgar Program (CAP), were awarded outstanding partner at the 2016 National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The award was in recognition of Baker and Schmitz’s support for 3RNet and their mission to serve the recruitment and retention needs of rural and underserved communities throughout the nation. 3RNet has partnered with Baker and Schmitz in their research projects in Iowa and Australia by providing technical expertise in online educational material development for CAP.

Baker is the director and senior researcher of the Center for Health Policy and a professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health. Baker earned his PhD in Educational Psychology from Temple University in 1994. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare working with hospitals, physicians, integrated delivery systems, biotech pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. Baker’s research interests include healthcare policy, rural workforce planning, health care financing, and health system performance improvement.

Schmitz is an affiliate faculty and senior researcher for the Center for Health Policy and chief rural officer and program director of Rural Training Tracks at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Upon graduation from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Schmitz completed his residency at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 1999. After six years practicing as a rural family physician, he returned to join the residency as faculty in 2005. While practicing in northern Idaho, he served as chief of staff of Benewah Community Hospital as well as co-founder and medical director of the St. Maries Volunteer Community Clinic. Schmitz is a current board member of both the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians and the Idaho Medical Association.

Read more about Baker and Schmitz’s work here.

Ed Baker, Dave Schmitz, and Mike Shimmens, executive director of 3RNet.

Baker, Schmitz, and Mike Shimmens, executive director of 3RNet.

School of Nursing Emeritus Faculty Authors Textbook

Kathy ReavyKathy Reavy, emeritus faculty for the School of Nursing,  authored a textbook, “Inquiry and Leadership: A Resource for the DNP Project” which was published on September 1.

“Inquiry and Leadership” is evidence-based and focuses on quality and rigor for successful completion of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project. The intent of the book is to enhance rigor in the construction and implementation of the DNP project by providing detailed information and rationale about process and actions. It also contains scholarly tools and forms to assist organization and structure of the DNP project.

Reavy earned her bachelor of science, master of science in nursing, and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Utah. For eight years, Reavy held a joint appointment for clinical nursing research with a regional medical center and Boise State University. At the medical center, Reavy worked with teams to plan and evaluate policies, projects, and programs. She also sat on the hospital’s Evidence-Based Practice Committee.

Reavy has taught the undergraduate nursing research class, which focuses on evidence-based practice, at Boise State University for more than ten years. Reavy also created the teaching tools specific to evidence-based practice to enhance student learning and to increase relevance. She also worked on faculty teams to build curriculum for the master’s and DNP programs.

Housing Welcomes New COHS Faculty in Residence

There is an influx of new student faces in the residence halls this semester, along with some new and familiar faculty who also are living there. The Faculty in Residence (FIR) program was established to create better opportunities for students in the housing community to connect with professors outside of the classroom. The University Housing Living and Learning Community is pleased to welcome and introduce the 2016-2017 Faculty in Residence for this academic year, two of which are with the College of Health Sciences.

Caile SpearCaile Spear, professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, is in her second round as a FIR for the Health Professions Residential College. Spear has worked for Boise State for 21 years and is a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health. She was a FIR from 2007-2009 and chose to come back because of her commitment to forging close relationships with students, helping them succeed and increasing student retention. Spear and her husband strongly believe the living and learning communities are vital in providing an environment for new students to grow and feel part of the community.

“It’s a great way to personally connect and mentor students and see them as something more than just people in your class. You see them for their wonderful personalities, their quirks and their excitement to be here . It’s a great opportunity to have a positive impact on students’ lives, but you learn about yourself, too. It’s a mutual learning and living environment and to me that’s powerful,” Spear said.

Tim KempfTim Kempf, clinical assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, is the Bronco Fit Living-Learning Community Faculty out of Residence (FOR). Kempf has taught at Boise State for five years and is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. As a strong supporter of the Bronco Fit initiative, he thought that the FOR position would be an excellent fit. Kempf feels that the Living and Learning Community is an invaluable resource for students.

“I appreciate the objectives of the living and learning community program, which are to support incoming freshmen students, help them make connections with faculty, and do so in the context of discussing and promoting wellness,” he said. “I am hoping to make a real contribution to the lives of each individual living and learning Community student in the Bronco Fit community, as well as share the field of kinesiology and wellness.”

The other 2016-2017 Faculty in Residence include:

  • Kelly Arispe: third year FIR and assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages.
  • Joe Champion: assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.
  • Andrew Giacomazzi: professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and the associate dean for the School of Public Service.
  • Jon Krutz: professor in both the Department of Marketing and Finance and the Boise State Graduate College in the professional MBA program.
  • Krishna Pakala: third year FIR for the Engineering and Innovation Living-Learning Community, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, and faculty associate for mobile learning in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s IDEA shop.

Adapted from a story by Becca Burke.

Department of Community and Environmental Health Faculty Featured by AARP

Cynthia Curl, Community and Environmental Health, Studio PortraitCynthia Curl, assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health, was featured in an article posted on AARP’s Life Reimagined website titled “Live Cleaner, Eat Cleaner by Friday.” Curl talks about the advantages of eating organic produce when trying to avoid possible pesticide contamination in your fruits and vegetables. Read her advice here.