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Institute of Rural Health


Traumatic Brain Injury

The Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury program will once again hold a webinar series during the Fall of 2013. Further information will be posted in this space as it becomes available.

Prior TBI webinars on a wide variety of topics relating to TBI may be watched on the Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Virtual Program Center's Virtual Grand Rounds page.


June 2015

Idaho Commission on Aging Award (ICOA)

ISU Institute of Rural Health awarded a $40,000 contract to study the needs of elderly. More details here.

May 2015

NIMH Announces New Outreach Partners

The NIMH OPP project has been renewed via a competitive grant as of May 1, 2015. The Primary Investigator is Deb Aubrey, one of our affiliate faculty, and Cyndy Kelchner is the co-investigator. More details here.

June 2014

Results from Primary Care Provider Survey available

156 respondents from across the state of Idaho are participating in the Institute of Rural Health’s Primary Care Provider survey. This online survey collects information regarding practice patterns related to chronic diseases including hypertension and diabetes, along with use of electronic health records (EHRs) to inform preventive care. These results from this will be used to develop plans promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of chronic diseases in Idaho.

April 2014

Institute partners with IDHW for study on Primary Care Providers

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health is partnering with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) to conduct a baseline study on primary care providers’ use of team-based care, referral patterns, and electronic health records (EHR) for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Other partnering organizations include the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Primary Care Association, and St. Luke’s Health System. More details here.

February 2013

Ann Kirkwood receives Advocacy Award

The Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health has awarded Ann Kirkwood its Advocacy Award for dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families. More details here.

September 2012

Book chapters published on veterans' health

A new comprehensive handbook on veterans' health has been published in four volumes, with two chapters from IRH researchers. The Praeger Handbook of Veterans' Health [4 volumes]: History, Challenges, Issues, and Developments.
Vol. II, Ch. 14: Service Dogs and Their Use for Veterans with Disabilities, by Beth Hudnall Stamm, Susan L. Blampied, and Kirstina Beck.
Vol. III, Ch. 13: Eradicating Mental Illness Stigma for Active Military Personnel and Veterans, by Ann D. Kirkwood, Beth Hudnall Stamm, and Chandra R. Story.

September 2012

Grant to expand mental health services via telehealth

Dr. Neill Piland at the ISU Institute of Rural Health is part of a new grant awarded to The Hospital Cooperative to expand mental health and family support services to children and adolescents using telehealth. Funding is from the HRSA Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT).

August 2012

Outstanding Advocate Award

Ann Kirkwood received an Outstanding Advocate Award from the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. The award honors her for "dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families." Ann is recognized nationally for her research on adolescent mental health issues.

August 2012

New funding award for TBI study

ISU-IRH Meridian researcher Russell Spearman has been awarded a $31,000 supplemental grant to study the mortality rates of Idahoans who've suffered traumatic brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents. More details here.

April 2012

Shoshone-Bannock Wellness Center moving ahead

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Wellness Center and Sports Complex project is moving ahead, thanks in part to a feasibility study completed by IRH researchers.

January 2012

2009 State Suicide Rankings

The Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention notes that Idaho has the 4th highest suicide rate in the U.S. The 2012 Annual Report of the American Association of Suicidology is based on the recently available final numbers from 2009. To learn more about how you can prevent suicide, visit our Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention project.

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