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Keeping up with NIH Grant Policy changes

It is not uncommon for the NIH to release updates to grant guidance and management policies. They have simplified the process of trying to keep up with notices published in the Federal Register and now have a graphic timeline with up-coming changes. Related notices are also posted here as well. The timeline can be found on the NIH Office of Extramural Research Grant Policy & Guidance page.

Report on State Public Health Funding

Sponsored in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a new report titled “Investing in America’s Health: A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts” provides data on how much money each state receives from the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Additionally, it highlights the amount each state invests in public health. The references section does a particularly good job of identifying the sources of data across different health indicators as well, which can be particularly useful information to have for grant applications.


Idaho ranks 31 on Health System Score Card for 2014

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The Commonwealth Fund has developed a new tool to assess and compare state health systems. Domains of access to care, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and costs, health lives, and equity are rated. To read more, click on Idaho’s Health System Score Card.

Alumna Reflects on Student Research Experience in Montana Mine

Approximately 3,000 feet beneath the surface of the earth, Emily Zamzow, recent Boise State Environmental and Occupational Health graduate, helps Dale Stephenson, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Environmental Health, place baskets filled with twelve or more instruments used to measure the amount of diesel exhaust in the air throughout a platinum mine in Montana.

Zamzow, a research assistant on Stephenson’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health grant, is involved with every aspect of the project. She works with experts in the field of Industrial Hygiene, including Stephenson, his co-principal investigator Chris Simpson, associate professor at the University of Washington along with co-investigator Sin Ming Loo, professor and chair of Boise State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (more…)

Faculty Publishes Survey Results of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Royce HutsonRoyce Hutson, associate professor in the School of Social Work, studies people affected by armed violence and devastating natural disasters, in particular the people in Lebanon and Haiti.

Hutson just published “Violence in the ‘Ayn al-Hilweh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon, 2007-2009” in the International Social Work journal with coauthors Harry Shannon, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and Taylor Long, from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hutson served as a visiting professor to the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon in 2007 and 2008. During this time, he conducted several surveys, including the one featured in his recently published paper, which focused on the Palestinian refugee camps, where Palestinians live in poor conditions, experience discrimination, and often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (more…)

Social Work Faculty Publishes Article on Integrated Telehealth Care

Bonnie KenaleyBonnie Kenaley, faculty in Boise State University’s School of Social Work, and Zvi Gellis, a faculty collaborator from the Center for Mental Health and Aging at the University of Pennsylvania, have published a manuscript titled “Integrated Telehealth Care for Chronic Illness and Depression in Geriatric Home Care Patients: The Integrated Telehealth Education and Activation of Mood (I-TEAM) Study” in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Thomas Ten Have, now deceased, from the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania is the third author of the paper.

The paper describes the results of a study of I-TEAM’s effectiveness. I-TEAM is an integrated telehealth intervention to improve chronic illnesses, such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and comorbid depression in home healthcare settings. The US Department of Health and Human Services defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.” (more…)

Community Apgar Program Provides Assistance to US Rural Communities

The Center for Health Policy continues to assist states with the Community Apgar Program (CAP), which is a tool to improve the recruitment and retention of critical access hospitals and community health center physicians. Community factors play a key role in the recruitment and retention of physicians to rural and underserved healthcare settings. The CAP, developed by researchers, educators and clinicians at Boise State University and physicians at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, helps to organize these community factors for action.

David Schmitz, affiliate faculty and senior researcher at the Center for Health Policy and associate director of rural family medicine at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, and Ed Baker, director of and senior researcher at the Center for Health Policy and professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, presented “Bringing the CAH Community Apgar Project to Montana” to the Montana Hospital Association Health Summit, in Bozeman, Mont. in Feb. They also presented “Idaho rural physician workforce: A five year perspective” with Lisa MacKenzie, research associate and grant and project coordinator for the Center for Health Policy, at Northwest Regional Rural Health Conference, held in Spokane, Wash. in March. (more…)

Three Nursing Faculty Receive Grant to Study Effect of Intervention to Counter Workplace Incivility

Suzan Kardong-Edgren

Suzan Kardong-Edgren

Cindy Clark

Cindy Clark

Janet Willhaus

Janet Willhaus

Janet Willhaus, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Cindy Clark, professor in the School of Nursing, and Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing, received a $5,000 grant from Sigma Theta Tau International, honor society of nursing, to conduct a study titled “A Brief Intervention to Counter Workplace Incivility: Capturing Biomarker Data, Psychological Stress and Effects on Safe Patient Care.” This innovative and first of its kind study brings three nursing scholars together whose expertise include use of stress biomarkers, simulation, and civility in the workplace to develop sound and sharable evidence for the potential damage incivility can have on patient care. (more…)

Center for Health Policy Researchers Continue Evaluations of Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Tedd McDonald, senior researcher for the Center for Health Policy (CHP), professor and director of the Master of Health Science program, continues to evaluate Idaho’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program through his work at the CHP.

McDonald and Sandina Begic, researcher and project manager for the CHP, have again been contracted to serve as principal investigators for the “Idaho Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program Evaluation Year Three.” The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is sponsoring the contract for the third consecutive year. (more…)

Office of Research Evolves to Offer More Faculty Research Support

The College of Health Sciences Office of Research made leaps in the office’s evolution during the month of March.

The Office of Research is now housed in a single location in the Norco Nursing and Health Services Building Suite 113, has combined pre-award and post-award services, and has a Terri Soelbergnew director. For faculty and staff in the College of Health Sciences, the new location means centralized access to personnel supporting research and other sponsored activities.

Janet Reis, former director of the Office of Research, will now focus on her role as senior researcher within the office. In this capacity, she will support faculty and engage community partners to design and implement original research proposals and projects.

Newly appointed director, Terri Soelberg, will provide leadership and support to advance the college’s research-related strategic goals. (more…)