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Critical Topics for Informatics Field Explored at National Symposium

Linda Osgood and Jaime SandLinda Osgood and Jaime Sand, faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, attended American Health Information Management Association’s Assembly on Education (AOE) Symposium in July in San Antonio, Texas. This three-day session included such hot topics as ICD-10-CM/PCS, updates to Health Informatics and Information Management curriculum standards, the ONC HITECH programs, the need for more graduate programs, meaningful use, electronic health records, and virtual experiences for the classroom.


Center for the Study of Aging Researchers Find the Fit and Fall Proof™ Program Succeeds in Improving Seniors’ Balance

Fit for Life classOne in three adults over the age of 65 unintentionally fall each year. These falls are the leading cause of accidental injury deaths and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma among Idahoans in this age range. Many who fall develop a fear of falling, which may lead them to limit their activities, which in turn increases their risk of falling (CDC, 2009). To combat this cycle Boise State University and College of Southern Idaho professors developed the Fit and Fall Proof™ program (FFP™) in 2004. The classes in the FFP™ program incorporate exercises to strengthen weak muscles and improve flexibility in order to decrease older adults’ risk of falling. The Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (IPAN), and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare requested that Boise State’s Center for the Study of Aging assess the successfulness of the FFP™ program. (more…)

Environmental and Occupational Health Program Receives Re-Accreditation

Environmental Health site visitThe National Environmental Health Science and Protection Council (EHAC) is responsible for the development and application of accreditation guidelines for institutions of higher education that wish to ensure premium quality education and training of environmental health science and protection practitioners. Since 1990, the College of Health Sciences’ Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Program has been fully accredited by EHAC with re-accreditation cycles occurring every six years. In June 2011, the EOH program again received full accreditation from EHAC. During the re-accreditation review meeting, held in Columbus, Ohio, the council sited no conditions for re-accreditation, validating the quality of the program and the support it continues to receive from COHS.

Center for Health Policy Program Featured on Wyoming NPR

Work done by Dr. Ed Baker, director of the Center for Health Policy, was featured in a five-minute piece on Wyoming NPR.  Baker and a colleague who is doing a family medical residency utilize their tool “Apgar” to help with the recruitment and retention of physicians in rural frontier states. Their work is taking place in several states, including Wyoming and Idaho. Listen to the Wyoming NPR piece.




Staff Publishes Article in National Journal

Glenda HillGlenda Hill, MEd, director of Pre-Professional Studies program and advisor for the College of Health Sciences, authored the article “Two Physical Therapists’ Perspectives on their Profession.” The article was published in the December 2011 edition of “The Advisor,” journal of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.