Institute of
Rural Health

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Institute of Rural Health

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Current IRH Research and Projects

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) - The Economic Burden of Injuries to Alaska Natives: Implications for Prevention and Health Policy

To measure the economic burden of injury in Alaska Native communities and estimate the relative cost-effectiveness of injury prevention interventions.

Examines the positive and negative aspects of providing care for people who have experienced suffering or trauma. The AAYSP project incorporates this Professional Quality of Life research, found at

CDC Oral Health

The Idaho Oral Health Program contracted with the Idaho State University Master of Public Health Program to develop and conduct an Oral Health Environmental Assessment and Partnership/Collaboration Evaluation. The Institute of Rural Health is part of this collaboration. The results of the assessment and evaluation will be utilized to help identify oral health policy priorities and interventions to achieve improved oral health outcomes. The results have also shaped the development of the 2015-2020 Idaho Oral Health Action Plan. A second environmental assessment will occur in 2017.

Cooperative Telehealth Network

To deliver educational and clinical services to rural areas using state-of-the-art telenetworking technologies.

Idaho Community HealthCorps (ICHC)

AmeriCorps service program that places members throughout Idaho to support community based, culturally appropriate, and rurally adapted health activities.

Idaho Healthcare for Children and Families (IHCF)

This AmeriCorps program funded by Serve Idaho places members in Head Start and Early Head Start programs to provide outreach to children and families, assist with advocacy needs, and provide health education.

Idaho Partner in the National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partnership Program (OPP)

Part of a national initiative to increase public awareness of mental illness and mental health issues.

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.

Institute partners with IDHW for study to Prevent and Control Oral Disease

This is a contract to design to design an online oral health surveillance system with core date measures and an expanded system with additional data measures. This is done through conducting in-depth interviews and surveys with stakeholders to identify background information prior to outlining and designing the online surveillance system (barriers, facilitators, data sources, reporting needs, etc.) This evaluation is part of the state’s five (5) year oral health evaluation plan.


A 3D interactive virtual environment for collaborative immersive learning experiences for the healthcare, emergency preparedness, and educational services industries.

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Partnership Grant III (TBI)

The goals for the Traumatic Brain Injury project for 2014 – 2018 are to continue community health screenings, continue to educate parents of children with a traumatic brain injury, disseminate concussion materials, work with Native American tribes, and establish a trust fund to benefit civilian and military personnel with TBI and their families.