Institute of
Rural Health

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Institute of Rural Health

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Completed IRH Research and Projects


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

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

Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project (AAYSP)

To create an infrastructure for reducing suicide attempts/completions among Idaho youth ages 10-24 through trainings and partnering with other suicide prevention groups.

Better Todays. Better Tomorrows.

This school- and community-based program seeks to reduce suicide in school-age children through gatekeeper trainings on the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and trauma.

Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Research (ProQOL)

Feasibility Study for Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Elder Care

The primary purpose of this project was to determine if the establishment of an Elder Long-Term Health Care Facility for the Shoshone-Bannock Community would yield a cost effective solution for the elderly population. Preferences of Tribal elders were reviewed and a representative sample were interviewed to gain insight into assisted living preferences and experience with the current system of health care. This included a cost-effectiveness analysis of an Elder Long-Term Health Care Facility of space and service requirements, estimated construction costs and operations costs over the period of the facility’s life cycle.

Idaho Person-Centered Hospital Discharge Model (HDM)

To address hospital discharge planning in rural and underserved areas and increase statewide resources for both consumers and professionals.

Idaho Rural Health Association (IRHA)

To improve the health of rural Idahoans and populations and to assist members in providing leadership on rural issues.

Safe and Stable Families

To increase the well-being of and improve permanency outcomes for children affected by a parent’s or caretaker’s substance abuse.

Rocky Mountain Learning

To provide quality distance education to a national audience using 3D virtual worlds, webinars, and videoconferencing.

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Project is a 1-year collaborative research project to prepare a report identifying how a suicide crisis phone line could be established and maintained.

Alcohol ERT and Cognition in Menopausal Women

To see if moderate drinking, physical health, and emotional health affect how menopausal women perform on tests of learning, memory, and other thinking abilities.

Supporting Pandemic-flu Preparedness Training Exercises in the Play2Train™ Virtual Environment

To support the VA San Diego’s ability to conduct realistic drills for pandemic flu outbreaks in a virtual town with 3 hospitals.

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Federal program to help full-time students in eligible programs who are considered economically and/or environmentally disadvantaged.

Idaho Bioterrorism Awareness and Preparedness Program (IBAPP)

Bringing state-of-the-art training on emergency management of natural or man-made disasters directly to healthcare professionals via innovative distance learning, simulation laboratory, and virtual reality training methods.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Center for Rural, Frontier & Tribal Traumatic Stress

To assist rural, frontier, and tribal communities in the treatment of child traumatic stress through technology-augmented resources.

Real Choices Project

To improve community integration for people with disabilities (developmental, physical, mental, and age-related) through anti-stigma, economic analysis, and effectiveness studies.

Telehealth Idaho

To improve healthcare access and quality in rural and frontier Idaho, and to establish a statewide telehealth resource center.

TBI Implementation Partnership Grant II

To improve healthcare access and quality in rural and frontier Idaho, and to establish a statewide telehealth resource center.

Real Choices Systems Change Grant for Community Living - Phase I

A statewide anti-stigma campaign and a needs and resources assessment, resulting in a plan for enduring systems change in community long-term services and supports.

Real Choices Systems Change Grant for Community Living – Phase II, Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Initiative

An effectiveness study to test and refine the plan from Phase I.

Wyoming Telehealth Network (WyNETTE)

To provide technical assistance and evaluation support for the Wyoming Telehealth Network.

EMS Phone Survey – 1,2,3

To conduct attrition survey of former Idaho EMS workers for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Emergency Medical Services Bureau.

Community Integration Marketing

To create value-based training materials and modules on community integration and show how individuals with disabilities benefit from community integration.

Five Feathers Healthy Families Project

To enhance protection and minimize risk factors of children with substance abusing parents on an Indian Reservation.