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Terri Soelberg Presents Foundational Research to NORDP

Terri SoelbergTerri Soelberg, director of the Office of Research, along with her colleagues, presented a poster at the 2016 International Conference of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) in Orlando, Florida on May 23-25. Nearly 400 people attended the conference with international representatives from Mexico, Japan, and the European Union.

Soelberg’s research, titled “NORDP 2015 Salary Survey Results and Analysis,” normalized salary data according to the 2013 county cost-of-living index table from the Council for Community and Economic Research. The survey was used to begin to develop a longitudinal dataset by updating the original 2012 survey and also to provide members with information about research development positions, duties, and compensation that might be needed to grow and maintain research development functions at member institutions. The results were analyzed with respect to variables including: institution type, institution geographic location and size, job category, research development office size, and respondent demographics. Notably, none of the research respondents indicated that 100 percent of their average total effort was focused only on research development efforts.

Currently, no data exists with College and University Professional Association for Human Resources related to job descriptions and salary benchmarks for those working in research development. This can hinder an organization’s ability to develop position descriptions, recruit and hire when building research development infrastructure. The results of this study, along with the development of a salary calculator, serve as a resource for institutions to address this gap in information. Further, analysis of the job titles and activities begins to define a career path and professional development opportunities within the field of research development.

NORDP is a professional organization providing professional training, mentoring, and networking opportunities for those in the field of research development. The goal of research development is to ensure that when institutional resources are deployed to seek external funding or partnerships for knowledge creation or mobilization, these activities are strategically coordinated to optimize the likelihood that the best ideas with the best chances of successful implementation are recognized and supported with the finite funds available.

Soelberg also lead the Member Services Committee session of NORDP as the committee chair and presented as her role as a board member during the panel presentation business meeting. Additionally, Soelberg will be part of an international steering committee to work on formalizing the profession of research development.

OSHCON Partners with ESI Construction to Spread Fall Awareness

The Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program joined together with Engineers Structured Inc. (ESI) to host a “Safety Stand Down” at the Grove Plaza on May 5. The event emphasized the importance of fall protection and compliance with fall protection safety and regulations and demonstrations were given on the impact one experiences during a fall. OSHCON estimated that over 350 workers were in attendance.

“Safety Stand Down’ was part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) ‘National Safety Stand Down’ week. The nationwide campaign reminds and educates employers and workers in the construction industry of the serious dangers of falls, the number one cause of death in the industry. The unprecedented number of residential and commercial building projects underway in the Treasure Valley and the recent deaths of two construction workers in a Boise trench collapse on May 3 made the event especially timely and relevant.

“Falls still kill far too many construction workers,” said David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “While we regularly work with employers, industry groups, and worker organizations on preventing falls and saving lives, the ‘National Safety Stand Down’ encourages all employers ‐ from small businesses to large companies operating at many job sites ‐ to be part of our effort to ensure every worker makes it to the end of their shift safely.”

“Safety is a very serious matter at ESI. We are very intentional with our training and accountability programs,” said Neil Nelson, president of ESI. “At the end of the day, we want to ensure our most valued assets, our people and our partners’ people, are equipped with the knowledge and training to get home safely to their families after work. We’re excited to share our best practices with our teaming partners; events like the ‘Stand Down’ make this possible.”

ESI has been recognized for their emphasis on worker safety in the past. Last year, they won a national safety award for their efforts, specifically on the Nampa Library Square project. ESI implemented a “Stretch and Bend” program to reduce and/or eliminate soft tissue injuries on the job. As everyone is stretching and bending each morning, they also share information about what will go on at the job site that day, ensuring all the workers knew about any potential hazards, such as a new crane or new excavation.

OSHCON provides free occupational safety and health services to small businesses within the state of Idaho to help them understand and comply with rules and regulations required by OSHA. OSHCON primarily does this through onsite consultation services and their audiovisual lending library. Thier consultants can help with hazard recognition, reduction, and elimination; industrial hygiene monitoring; and written program requirements. Their lending library can assist businesses with training and increasing business knowledge about occupational safety and health. OSHCON is funded by OSHA through the Department of Labor but is not involved in enforcement efforts and does not assess penalties or fines during a visit with a business.

For more details and to learn more about the National Safety Stand‐Down, visit the Federal OSHA site at

Boise State Partners to Evaluate Statewide Health Care Model

By Kathleen Tuck

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) recently awarded a three-year, $2.9 million contract to evaluate the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan, or SHIP, to a team of researchers led by the University of Idaho. The team comprises researchers from UI, the Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program and Boise State University’s College of Health Sciences.

Funding for SHIP comes to the State of Idaho through a $40 million 2014 grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the goal of which is to create and test a model health care system that focuses on value rather than the volume of care provided. The SHIP system works to meet patient needs through better use of provider teams to coordinate care, thus transforming primary care. In 2016, 55 medical practices in Idaho were selected as the first cohort throughout the state, with the goal of expanding to 165 practices over the next two years.

“Boise State is pleased to partner with the University of Idaho to evaluate an innovative program providing quality health care to thousands of Idahoans,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “Our involvement is a reflection of the high standard of research excellence offered by the College of Health Sciences both here in Idaho and beyond.”

Janet Reis portrait.

Janet Reis

Tim Dunnagan portrait.

Tim Dunnagan

Janet Reis, research professor, and Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, will serve together as principal investigators on the subaward to Boise State. They will partner with other UI and Boise State researchers, including Jayne Josephsen, associate professor in Boise State’s School of Nursing; Shenghan Xu, the evaluation team’s overall principal investigator and program director and an associate professor of operations management in the UI College of Business and Economics; Jeff Seegmiller, director of Idaho WWAMI and an associate professor in the UI College of Education; and SeAnne Safaii, an associate professor in the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

“The SHIP has ambitious and comprehensive goals for transforming the State of Idaho’s health care system to be more responsive, more efficient and of higher quality,” said Reis. “We as patients and consumers stand to benefit first and foremost from the changes that will be occurring in our health care. We as faculty in Idaho’s public universities are honored to collaborate with the Department of Health and Welfare on the state-level evaluation.”

Boise State’s evaluation efforts will focus on two of the seven SHIP goals. The first goal concerns finding ways to engage patients more directly with their own health in partnership with their primary health care team. The second complementary SHIP goal entails building a more robust health information system across the state. With 35 years of experience in health services research, Reis will take a lead in defining the elements for evaluation of both of these important goals.

During the past 29 years, Dunnagan has been involved in a variety of health-related efforts as a practitioner, educator and administrator.

“SHIP is a significant and important undertaking in Idaho. Specifically, SHIP attempts to rethink the delivery of care through a patient-centered medical home in a coordinated fashion that will create better outcomes and better experiences, at lower costs,” said Health Sciences Dean Tim Dunnagan.

Stewards of Children Darkness to Light Foundation to Provide Campus Training June 29

The College of Health Sciences welcomes the Stewards of Children Darkness to Light Foundation to campus for an employee training. This foundation works to educate people in the prevention and signs of child sexual abuse and who deal with children through youth groups, soccer teams, football programs, or any other regular interactions with children. This workshop is of no cost and participation is strongly encouraged to help faculty and staff be aware of the signs of child sexual abuse and what can be done to help prevent this from occurring.

This workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on June 29 in the Jordan A/B Ballroom in the Student Union Building with a luncheon to follow. Please note seating is limited so an RSVP is required for this event by June 22. Please contact to RSVP.

Idaho Universities Collaborate for a Common Community Goal: Student Health

Studio portrait of Lauren Baines.Lauren Baines, health educator for Boise State University Health Services, and Doug Steele, dean of students for Lewis and Clark State College, graduated from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 26th National Leadership Forum, on Feb. 2  just outside of Washington, D.C. Baines and Steele, as well as Brian Dulin, alcohol and other drugs coordinator for the University of Idaho, and Cynthia Mauzerall, director of counseling for the College of Idaho, make up the Idaho College Health Coalition (ICHC), a partnership among these four universities to combat alcohol and drug abuse with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles among college students.

The ICHC was one of 179 community coalitions from around the nation honored during the CADCA graduation ceremony. Each coalition received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a rigorous training program designed to increase the effectiveness of community drug prevention leaders. The National Coalition Academy (NCA) is a comprehensive, year-long training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. The NCA incorporates three, week-long classroom sessions, a web-based distance learning component, an online workstation where participants network and share planning products and free ongoing technical assistance. To graduate, coalitions must complete a rigorous curriculum. They must participate in all components of the National Coalition Academy and complete five essential planning products that serve as the foundation of their comprehensive plan for community change.

“We are so proud of Lauren for investing the time and resources to take advantage of the best community coalition training in the world. To graduate from this year-long course is no small task and Lauren will help the Idaho College Health Coalition be more prepared to be an effective, sustainable coalition because of this training,” said Michelle Ihmels, director of Wellness Services for University Health Services.

The ICHC is one of six Idaho coalitions to receive $94,000 in grant funds from Idaho’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The ICHC has just finished the first year of their grant, which focused on collecting data about how Idaho college students use and perceive alcohol and other drugs.  The mechanism used to collect the data was the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment. The coalition is applying for their second year funds which will help them implement some interventions for alcohol and prescription drug abuse, the two areas of substance abuse on which they have chosen to focus.

The ICHC seeks to join Idaho public and private institutions of higher education, state government agencies, and community organizations in promoting healthy lifestyles and reducing the harm associated with detrimental life and health choices and the use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

“The ICHC has proven to be an invaluable resource for participating colleges and universities over the past 10 years to provide resources, programming and expertise related to substance abuse prevention efforts specifically related to college campuses in Idaho,” said Baines. “College drinking and drug use continues as a major nationwide health concern with over 1800 college students dying each year across the country in substance abuse related deaths. Drinking and drug use is a huge draw on community resources across Idaho. Thus, it is imperative that the ICHC continue its work with institutions of higher education and their local communities to continue efforts to positively impact this public health concern. We hope that other colleges and universities in Idaho will join ICHC and benefit from its resources and programming.”

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation’s largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers. More than 2,500 community leaders representing almost every state and U.S. territory took part in CADCA’s 2016 Forum, held in Feb. 1-4, learning new strategies to address local drug-related issues and renewing their commitment to preventing teen drug use. For more information, and to view photos and videos, from CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit

Crossing the River: An Interdisciplinary Partnership with Two Unique Perspectives

Photo of the student group who designed their project around the Utah state capitol building.

Design for Earthquakes Team: (Left to Right) Jesse Hart, University of Idaho; Douglas Stubbs, Boise State University; Kelly Beiser, University of Idaho; and Therese Hooft, Boise State University

This past spring, University of Idaho and Boise State University brought two seemingly different disciplines—architecture and public health—together in one graduate course to look at how structures may be built or retrofitted to survive and minimize long-term catastrophe during natural disasters.

Kasama Polakit, associate professor of architecture at the University of Idaho, and Uwe Reischl, professor of health sciences at Boise State University, integrated Architecture 504: Built Environment and Public Health, and Master of Health Science 560: Public Health Disaster Preparedness Planning. Polakit and Reischl co-taught the first half of the class sessions on the Boise State campus and the latter half at the University of Idaho Urban Design Center on the University of Idaho Boise campus.

Photo of the student group who designed their project around a hurricane safe home.

Design for Hurricanes Team: (Left to Right) Priyanka Raut, Boise State; Courtney King, University of Idaho; M’lea McDonald, Boise State; Surabhi Malesha, Boise State; and Ellie Marek, University of Idaho

After studying theory and various types of natural and manmade disasters, the students broke into interdisciplinary teams of at least two architecture and two health science students on each team for their final projects. Each team researched a specific type of disaster, looked at architectural case studies and developed and built a model structure that would survive the assigned disaster.

Results included plans to retrofit Salt Lake City’s state capitol building to withstand earthquakes, a hurricane-safe residence and a house on stilts built to survive a flood.

On April 26, the students presented their projects to professors, classmates and invited community members, including Sue Chew, Idaho Legislature Representative; Randy McLeland, planning manager for Central District Health Department’s Office of Public Health Preparedness; and representatives from the media. The group discussed the roles of socio-economics and building logistics and how each vary by region when designing safer buildings.

Photo of student group who designed their project around a flood safe home.

Design for Flooding Team: (left to right) Josh Hoffer, University of Idaho; Jeannie Weitensteiner, Boise State; Mohamed AlMahawes, Boise State; Pat Churchman, University of Idaho; and Dawn Petta, Boise State.

Boise State health science student, Jeannie Weitensteiner, said her perspective changed as she conversed with architecture students. As a group, the students viewed the class as a success and hope it will be offered again. All agreed that they learned a lot about communication and teamwork—tools and strategies that they recognize will serve them well as they launch their careers.

School of Nursing Faculty Offers Expertise at NW/MET Conference

Studio portrait of Betty Miller.Betty Miller, manager of online faculty and technology for RN-BS completion, AGNP, and DNP programs for the School of Nursing, spoke at the Northwest College and University Council for Management Educational Technology 2016 Conference in Boise, Idaho on April 7.

Miller used her spot on the panel to explore the issues associated with accessibility on the Boise State campus and how those issues have given rise to opportunities, challenges and solutions.

The Northwest Managers of Educational Technology strives to develop an identity among professionals managing media services, faculty and instructional development, media production, and other educational technology services in higher education institutions in the Northwest.

School of Nursing Makes History With First Doctoral Graduates

(left to right) Pamela Fields, Jennifer Palagi, Cherno Bah, Claudia Miewald, Andrea Lambe

(left to right) Pamela Fields, Jennifer Palagi, Cherno Bah, Claudia Miewald, Andrea Lambe

The first cohort of Boise State Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will graduate on May 7. The cohort consists of five nurse leaders: Cherno Bah, Pamela Fields, Andrea Lambe, Claudia Miewald and Jennifer Palagi. This marks the first doctoral graduates in history from Boise State’s School of Nursing and College of Health Sciences.

“We are tremendously proud of our DNP graduates,” Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, said. “This is an important milestone in our history. The college is dedicated to preparing healthcare leaders who will contribute to and impact health care reform at the local, state and national levels.”

The Boise State DNP program provides the academic credentials and education to support and strengthen skills and knowledge needed by today’s clinical nurse leaders. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the DNP curriculum focuses on building sophisticated expertise in assessing organizations and systems, in order to create and implement evidence based strategies that improve health outcomes.

“At Boise State University, we recognize the close interactions and trust between nurses and the populations they serve,” said Pamela Strohfus, associate professor and coordinator of the DNP Program. “A doctoral-level education builds upon nurses’ knowledge and experiences and provides DNP graduates with the tools to craft policies and processes that improve the health and care of patient populations.”

As part of the DNP program, these five students have already expanded their professional practice roles by completing scholarly projects designed not only to improve the health of patient populations, but also to create positive change within organizations and health systems.

In his scholarly project, “The Development and Implementation of Hospital-Based Clinical Guidelines to Enhance Nursing Staff Efficacy in Glycemic Management at a Large Psychiatric Teaching Hospital,” Bah investigated how staff diabetes education could enhance health outcomes for patients in a large mental health hospital. Cara Gallegos, assistant professor for the School of Nursing, served as his faculty advisor. Bah is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and conducted this quality improvement project at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

Fields, a board certified family nurse practitioner, studied how rehabilitation exercises conducted prior to orthopedic surgeries could lead to more successful post-surgery patient outcomes in her project, “Prehabilitation Impact on Post-operative Risk, Readmission Rates, and Patient Satisfaction.” Strohfus and Molly Prengaman, associate professor for the School of Nursing, served as her advisors.

Lambe, a registered nurse who works for Saint Alphonsus, examined the process and significance of sustaining healthy behaviors in individuals participating in cardiac rehabilitation services as a part of her project, “Facilitating the Sustainability of Health Behaviors in the Phase III (graduated) Cardiac Rehabilitation Population.” Sara Ahten, associate professor for the School of Nursing, served as her advisor.

Miewald, a psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist who serves as the director of Kootenai Behavioral Health in northern Idaho, evaluated processes and gaps in mental health and addiction services in association with the development of a regional crisis center. Shoni Davis, associate professor for the School of Nursing, served as advisor for Miewald’s scholarly project, entitled “Process Evaluation on Crisis Services in Northern Idaho.”

Palagi, a faith community registered nurse employed at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, developed and implemented a transitional care model for faith community nurses to use as a strategy for reducing hospital readmissions. Jane Grassley, the School of Nursing’s JoAnna (Jody) DeMeyer Endowed Chair for Nursing, served as Palagi’s advisor on her project, entitled “Faith Community Nurse Care Transitions Intervention Feasibility Project.”

“Boise State School of Nursing is proud to respond to the call of leading healthcare organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, to extend the education of nurses and to amplify their roles in advancing health care transformation,” said Ann Hubbert, director of the School of Nursing. “We congratulate our first cohort of doctoral students, and applaud the growing recognition for the evolving roles of expert nurses in our health care systems. We look forward to watching our new DNP graduates succeed in their careers and impact the fields of nursing and healthcare.”

For more information on the DNP program, visit

Social Work Students Fare Well at NASW LEAD Student Competition

Boise State Social Work studentsFive Boise State Social Work students received first and second place prizes at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Idaho Chapter Legislative Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) event on Feb. 22 and 23 at the Idaho State Capitol. Cassandra Hines, a MSW student studying at the Boise campus, took home the first place prize of $300. Alexander Schloss, a MSW student studying at the Boise campus, tied with a group of students studying at the Lewiston campus, Aimee Storres, Doty Robbins, and Christi Chase, for second place.

Students from all over Idaho are invited to attend the conference. This year, a record 400 participants attended the two-day event. The first day of the event consisted of presentations given by social work professionals in the Boise area who have expertise or experience working with specific populations. Additionally, Angelo McClain, NASW’s CEO, attended the conference and provided insight into Idaho’s role in national social work issues.
The second day of the event consisted of student presentations on theoretical proposed legislation.The students designed and presented 10 minute presentations on inequality, this year’s topic for the student competition, which were given to a panel of judges. The presentations provided the students practice in formally and effectively presenting proposed change to legislators.

LEAD is a NASW conference designed to educate undergraduate and graduate social work students on legislative advocacy and its long term impact on social work clients. Legislative advocacy is often overlooked in the social work field since the legislative process tends to be a vast amount of work with often very little payoff. The event is designed not only to teach students the importance of legislative advocacy, but to give students a better grasp on the process. Students learn to the proper way to effectively talk to their state representatives about social work legislation as well as the do’s and don’ts of lobbying.

LEAD is an educational opportunity to help social work students learn and practice formal legislative advocacy, which gives them an edge when lobbying for real legislative modification. Without changes in policy, social work clients do not benefit in the long term. Through LEAD, social work students are able to learn just how important legislative advocacy is at the macro level.

Nursing Students Raise HIV and STI Awareness on Campus

Group of students outsideLucy Zhao and Cathy Deckys, clinical associate professors in the School of Nursing, and their seventh semester Community Health Nursing students, in collaboration with University Health Services and the Central District Health Department, held a sexual health educational event on the Boise State campus on April 7.

The event focused on HIV and the risks and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI). Free HIV screenings were administered and several students blanketed the campus quad with educational booths, games, and free condoms. Many students took advantage of the educational event.Free HIV screening sign

In their research, the students learned that 50 percent of new HIV cases are in individuals under the age of 25. College students are at increased risk for several reasons, including, but not limited to: possible lack of knowledge about sex and STIs; sexual experimentation; risky behaviors such as drinking, drugs, and multiple partners; and a newfound freedom from parents or guardians.

Several students presented their research from the event at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference on April 17.

Students present their research from the HIV event