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Emeritus Faculty Appointed to Board of Editors for Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Elaine Long, emeritus faculty from the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the School of Allied Health Sciences, has been appointed to the Board of Editors for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Her term will be from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018. As part of the board, Long will review 10 to 12 manuscripts each year and will vote for the best paper and Best Great Educational Materials (GEMs), which are brief descriptions of innovative and useful approaches to nutrition education and behavior, from a selection identified by the Journal Committee.

The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, the official journal of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior , is a refereed, scientific periodical that serves as a resource for all professionals with an interest in nutrition education and dietary/physical activity behaviors. The purpose of the journal is to document and disseminate original research, emerging issues and practices relevant to nutrition education and behavior worldwide.

Long, like the other Board of Editors members, was nominated for the outstanding quality of her work related to the mission of the journal. The journal’s editor-in-chief, Karen Chapman-Novakofski, and the associate editors of the journal reviewed the vitaes of each nominee and sent their recommendations to the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s Board of Directors for final approval.

After retiring from Boise State, Long became the executive director of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011. She was named a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in May 2014. Since becoming executive director of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Long has helped increase the membership in the state organization and, as a result, the organization won the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 spring membership affiliate challenge, resulting in $1,300 for the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Long remains active in her retirement, including traveling to give presentations about the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ work. She presented at the June 8  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy workshop in Washington D.C. on a panel titled “Connecting the Dots: Reimbursement Policy and Advocacy.”

Long, along with others from the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Primary Care Committee including Suzanne Linja, SeAnne Safaii, Deena LaJoie, Ryan Vance, and Samantha Ramsay, received a $4,500 Commission of Dietetic Registration Grassroots Marketing Grant in March 2015. The purpose of the grant’s funding is to provide grants to registered dietitians or registered dietetic technicians to promote Commission of Dietetic Registration credentials at the local level to prospective employers or third-party-payers. Funds may be used for a virtual event or activity or a live meeting or program, such as attending and exhibiting at a professional meeting.

Emeritus Faculty Featured in Idaho Statesman Article on Saint Alphonsus’ No One Dies Alone Program

Margaret Leahy, Boise State University School of Nursing emeritus faculty, was part of an Idaho Statesman article which profiled Saint Alphonsus’ No One Dies Alone program.

The No One Dies Alone program places volunteer companions with dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of the nursing staff, the volunteer companions are able to help provide patients with a dignified death. Leahy volunteers with the No One Dies Alone program as a companion.

Read the Idaho Statesman article and some of Leahy’s experiences as a No One Dies Alone volunteer online.

Cynthia Sanders Researches How Finances Impact Survivors of Domestic Violence

Cynthia SandersCynthia Sanders, professor and Bachelor of Social Work program coordinator for the School of Social Work, researches how finances can impact women who are in abusive relationships.

Sanders published two articles in fall 2014:

  • “Economic Abuse in the Lives of Women Abused by an Intimate Partner: A Qualitative Study” in  Violence Against Women; and
  • “Savings for Survivors:  An Individual Development Account Program for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence” in Journal of Social Service Research, volume 40, issue 3.

Sanders also presented two competitive papers at the Convening on Financial Capability and Asset Building: Advancing Education, Research and Practice in Social Work in St. Louis, Missouri in April. The two papers were: “Promoting Financial Capability of Incarcerated Women for Community Reentry:  A Call to Social Workers” and “Applying Direct Practice Theories and Skills to Financial Capability and Asset Building.”

Organized by the Financial Capability and Asset Building Initiative at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St Louis and the Financial Social Work Initiative at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, this conference  brought together scholars and educators to examine research and education, and develop the social work agenda in financial capability and asset building.

Additionally, Sanders presented with her colleague Royce Hutson, associate professor in the School of Social Work “Economic Well-being of Resettling Refugees: A Random Sample of Households” and “PTSD and Quality of Life for Resettling Refugees in Boise:  A Random Survey of Households” at the Society for Social Work and Research conference in Jan. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Zulfira Pulatova and Refik Sandikovic coauthored both papers with Hutson and Sanders.

School of Nursing Faculty and Staff Volunteer for Full-Scale Emergency Exercise

The Central District Health Department (CDHD), along with multiple emergency response partners, held an emergency exercise using mobile medical facilities and approximately 75 medical staff and volunteers on Wednesday, May 6. Cathy Deckys, School of Nursing faculty, helped plan the exercise and participated in the exercise as an evaluator. School of Nursing staff members Marian Graham and Sherepta McLeod volunteered as part of the Medical Reserve Corps. Approximately ten nursing students and alumni also participated in the exercise.

The exercise tested medical and emergency response plans and coordination among the partnering agencies, which included Boise State University, St. Luke’s Health Systems, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ada County Paramedics, Boise Fire Department, Southwest Advanced Care Hospital and Ada County Emergency Services.

The exercise scenario began at Boise State University Health Services and moved to the Veterans Affairs (VA) campus, where multiple BluMed mobile medical facilities were located. The majority of the exercise took place on the VA campus and involved about 30 volunteer patients who presented the same communicable disease symptoms. However, each mock patient had a unique role — from disabilities to language barriers — to help represent the varying backgrounds and needs possible in a real-life situation. Under the exercise’s scenario, medical staff worked to check patients into the mobile medical facility practice donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) to begin initial patient treatment.

“This was a successful full-scale exercise, which is mandatory for public health organizations to take part in each year,” said Deckys. “Multidisciplinary roles were assumed and practiced successfully.”

Two College of Health Sciences Students Given Spirit of Boise State Awards by Division of Student Affairs

Two College of Health Sciences students were presented with the Spirit of Boise State awards at the Division of Student Affairs’ annual Campus Awards Ceremony on April 27. The blue carpet event recognizes students, faculty, staff and organizations for outstanding achievement, service and campus engagement.

Abby Lipschultz, student in the School of Nursing, and Christopher Bower, double major in the School of Social Work and the Department of Political Science, were among the five Spirit of Boise State honorees. The Spirit of Boise State award is presented to outstanding students who exemplify the Boise State University shared values of academic excellence, caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

College of Health Sciences Participates in March of Dimes March for Babies

The College of Health Sciences faculty and students participated in the 2015 March of Dimes March for Babies as an interprofessional outreach event on April 25.

The college hosted a breakfast at the Health Sciences Riverside building prior to the walk. The students and faculty socialized over bagels, cream cheese and coffee. Afterwards, the group walked over to Julia Davis park, where the March for Babies event was held.

Participants enjoyed networking with each other and walking along the Boise River on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Foster Care Student Fellow Presents at International Conference

Max Veltman, Vincent Feltitti and Christy Broam

Left to right: Max Veltman, School of Nursing faculty, Dr. Vincent Felitti, and Christy Broam, Boise State Foster Care Student Nurse Fellow. Dr. Felitti was the first to publish research on adverse childhood experiences and how they affect the health of adults later in life. His research is now getting a lot of attention in the child welfare and domestic violence fields.

During the week of April 21-23, Christy Broam, Boise State nursing student and 2015 Foster Care Student Nurse Fellow, and Max Veltman, associate professor in the School of Nursing, presented a poster, “Nursing Students in Family Justice Centers: A Clinical Fellowship,” at the 15th Annual International Family Justice Conference in San Diego, Calif.

This presentation was the culmination of a year-long immersion experience involving clinical educational activities related to the promotion of health for children and families dealing with significant violence.  During the fellowship, Broam assisted Idaho Department of Health and Welfare caseworkers with investigations and safety planning. She rode with Nampa City Police Officers as they responded to situations involving domestic violence and she worked with nurses and nurse practitioners who provide healthcare to families who are involved in violent situations or the foster care system through the Nampa Family Justice Center.

Christy Broam with caseworker

Christy Broam, Boise State Foster Care Student Nurse Fellow, with child protective services caseworkers at the Nampa Family Justice Center, where Broam did most of her fellowship work.

The culmination of Broam’s fellowship was the planning and organization of a daylong symposium discussing domestic violence and sexual assault. The symposium was held on March 9 at the Boise State University Student Union Building and aimed to give future professionals in the fields of nursing, social work, criminal justice or any profession that works with families a look inside the worlds of domestic violence and sexual assault. Speakers included experts from local law enforcement and local advocacy programs.

The National Family Justice Center Alliance’s annual conference was attended by about 500 professionals; the majority of attendees were law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and social workers.  As the health issues of children who are victims of violence become more prevalent and complex, it is important for nurses to be able to work within multidisciplinary teams as they address the needs of victims and bring support and care to those in need.

The fellowship is sponsored by Theresa James, a Boise State nursing alumnae from 1970.

Scam Jam Offers Tips for Protecting Your Identity

Learn how to avoid scams and protect your identity at Scam Jam on Saturday, June 20, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage at no charge.

Register by June 15 at 1-877-926-8300 or online at

The event is sponsored by several advocacy groups, nonprofits and government agencies, including Boise State University’s Center for the Study of Aging.

The free, interactive seminar features expert speakers, educational resources and strategies for recognizing fraud and preventing identity theft at a national, regional and community level.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 8-9 a.m. — Registration & resources
  • 9-9:15 a.m. — Opening ceremonies
  • 9:15-10:15 a.m. — Paul Greenwood, deputy district attorney and head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit for the San Diego DA’s Office
  • 10:20-11 a.m. — Breakout sessions
  • 11-11:10 a.m. — Break
  • 11:10-11:50 a.m. — Dale Dixon, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau
  • Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch
  • 1-1:40 p.m. — Medicare Fraud Protection: Pam Catt-Oliason, Idaho Commission on Aging and Shannon Hohl, Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
  • 1:45-2:25 p.m. — Identity Theft Panel
  • 2:25-2:35 p.m. — Break
  • 2:35-3:15 p.m. — Breakout sessions
  • 3:20 p.m. — Closing ceremonies and prize drawings

Previous Scam Jams have been held in Lewiston, Rupert, Weiser and Hailey. The program is funded through grants and the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance at no cost to taxpayers.

Boise State Social Work Program Ranked Best in the Nation

Boise State’s Master of Social Work program was ranked top in the nation for its superior value, according to a survey conducted

The website analyzed data from 7,500 social work students in programs nationwide, then calculated the average score for each graduate program based on 15 unique rating categories. These categories cover a variety of student topics including academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

Boise State came in first with a rating of 9.83,  beating No. 2 Alabama A&M’s score of 9.79. The program ratings cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012, to March 31, 2015. Graduate programs are not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for each given graduate program.

Boise State’s School of Social Work offers both full-program Master of Social Work (MSW) and advanced standing MSW programs. You can find out more about their programs here.

Boise State Athletic Training Program Profiled in Meridian Press

Boise State University’s athletic training program was profiled in the April 9 edition of the Meridian Press on April 9.

Dave Hammons, assistant professor and director of the athletic training program, was quoted in the piece. Hammons is pleased that the article raises awareness about the valuable partnerships between schools and athletic training programs.

“Many residents are simply not aware of the professionals that work in the school district. I think this story was a nice reflection on the Boise State athletic training program’s partnerships with our local school district,” said Hammons of the Meridian Press article. “It also showcases the value these affiliations provide to both the schools and to the athletic training students who are gaining great hands on clinical experiences. Approximately 35 percent of high schools in the State of Idaho have some kind of athletic trainer caring for their student athletes; Idaho is above the national average when it comes to this statistic and increasing the national average is certainly something for which our professional organization (National Athletic Trainers Association) is advocating.”

Read the Meridian Press article online.