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News Archive 2005

Idaho State University Boise Center Enrollment Jumps 44 Percent

Boise – Growing demand for health-care professionals has led to a 44 percent increase in enrollment at Idaho State University’s Boise Center over last fall, for an official tally of 429 students.

“This is the highest fall enrollment in the history of the Boise Center,” said Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. “ISU is committed to help fill the demand for health care professionals in the Treasure Valley and Idaho.”

The ISU Boise Center offers the associate of science in paramedic degree; the Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology, nursing fast track, and clinical laboratory science. It also offers master’s programs in nursing, speech-language pathology, clinical laboratory science, counseling in mental health and marriage and family, geology, physical education, athletic administration, public health, dietetic internship, and third and fourth-year pharmacy rotations.

The ISU Boise Center has continued to expand clinical opportunities for students that benefit Treasure Valley residents. These include speech-language pathology services for children and adults, and a counseling center. The clinics are open to the public, and fees are based on a sliding scale.

A new service is the general dental-residency program. The ISU Dental Sciences Department received a $460,460 grant to expand Idaho’s only dental resident training program to Boise. The expansion increased educational opportunities for newly graduated dentists, and improved access to dental care for underserved and disadvantaged populations. The clinic, located at 2033 Summersweet Drive, opened in August.

For more information visit boise.isu.edu or call 373-1700.

- September 23, 2005

ISU Dental Sciences Opens Resident Training Program in Treasure Valley; Will Provide Care to Un- And Under-insured

Boise - The Idaho State University dental sciences department has expanded Idaho's only dental resident training program to the Treasure Valley. The expansion will increase educational opportunities for newly graduated dentists and improve access to dental care for underserved and disadvantaged populations.

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The state dental residency program will now train eight residents per year, four on ISU's Pocatello campus, and four at the ISU Dental Clinic, located at 2033 E. Summersweet Dr., Boise. The two sites will be electronically linked so lectures and seminars can originate from either facility.

Dr. Pam Powell, the first female dentist in the state of Idaho, has been hired as site director.

"This training provides an accredited one-year program in advanced general dentistry designed to increase participants' skills and give them practice in an actual dental office," said Powell. "A patient base was already in place -- we had more than 70 patients ready to receive services when we opened."

Dr. Brian Crawford, chair of the department of dental sciences and the Idaho Dental Education Program, will direct the $460,000 grant received from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant recommends added funding in the next two years, $369,197 and $200,066, $1.03 million total.

After three years, the program is designed to be sustained through patient receipts, some state education revenues, and affiliation agreements with state and federal programs, hospitals, and care agencies.

For more information call 331-0128.

- August 3, 2005

Poverty and the Lack of Dental Care

According to a 2000 surgeon general's report, one out of four children is born into poverty. Children from families with annual incomes of $10,000 to $20,000 have 10 times more unmet dental needs than children whose families earn more than $50,000. Pain from untreated dental disease can prevent a child from properly eating, sleeping, speaking and paying attention in school, affecting growth and development. In addition, research now suggests that severe gum disease in adults can lead to increased risk of overall disease, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and premature birth.

Although dental professionals recommend that children see a dentist and dental hygienist no later than their first birthday, two out of five children living in poverty haven't seen a dentist by the time they start kindergarten.

- August 3, 2005

ISU Boise Center Expansion Increases Facility by 62 percent

Boise - The Idaho State University Boise Center currently occupies 29,000 square feet on Explorer Drive, but that's about to change.

"ISU is committed to increasing access to quality programs to the residents of the Treasure Valley," said Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. "In order to accomplish that goal we need to add to our facility."

The newly acquired space, called the Bridger Annex, is located across from the Boise Center. When complete, the annex will add more than 18,000 square feet of classroom, office, library, and computer lab space, for a total of more than 47,000 square feet.

Several programs will move into the Bridger Annex including the paramedic program with one classroom and lab, the Institute of Emergency Management, Idaho Center for Disabilities Assessment, health care administration, and the new dental hygiene master program.

Boise Center students will gain a new library, computer lab with 26 stations, and a small student union with vending machines, tables and chairs, and large study area.

Some programs will move to the annex before classes begin this fall, according to Patty Tryon, management assistant. The vacated space in the existing building will be used to expand the nursing lab and classroom, add faculty offices, an audiology lab, plus gain one distance-learning classroom.

- July 22, 2005

ISU Boise Center Graduate Count Up 74%

Boise The Idaho State University Boise Center will graduate 141 students this year, compared to 81 in 2004, for a 74% increase. These graduates will be honored during a celebration, 4 -5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

"ISU Boise Center graduates are highly regarded by health care employers," said Dr. Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. "In addition, our graduates are helping meet the health profession workforce shortage facing the Treasure Valley, and Idaho."

Introducing the graduates will be Dr. John Kijinski, dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Delane Kritsky, associate dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions; Dr. Barb Mason, vice chair, College of Pharmacy; and Dr. Ranaye Marsh, dean, College of Technology. The guest speaker will be Steve Millard, president of the Idaho Hospital Association.

The ISU Boise Center was created in 1988 in response to the unique educational needs of working professionals in the Treasure Valley, and has experienced tremendous growth.

The Boise Center enrolls 330 students in upper division and graduate programs in fast track nursing, clinical laboratory science, paramedic, mental health, marriage and family counseling, athletic administration, public health, speech-language pathology, geology, and dietetics. The College of Pharmacy operates a program in Boise, and grant-funded programs such as the Institute of Emergency Management, Institute of Rural Health, HIV Training, and the Center for Disabilities Evaluation are housed at the ISU Boise Center.

Located at 12301 W. Explorer Drive, the Boise Center covers more than 29,000 square feet that house classrooms, five distance-learning rooms, a computer lab, clinical lab science, and therapy clinics for speech-language pathology and counseling.

- May 3, 2005

ISU Dental Sciences Receives $460,460 Grant
Expanded Resident Training Program Will Be In Treasure Valley

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Boise-The Idaho State University dental sciences department has received a $460,460 grant to expand Idaho’s only dental resident training program to southwestern Idaho. The expansion will increase educational opportunities for newly graduated dentists and improve access to dental care for underserved and disadvantaged populations.

The state dental residency program now trains four residents per year, all on ISU’s Pocatello campus. ISU provides an accredited one-year program in advanced general dentistry designed to increase participants’ experience and knowledge beyond dental school curriculum primarily using patient-care procedures. The grant will help provide four additional seats in Boise.

Key elements of the expansion include:

  • developing a second clinical training site in the Boise area that uses an income-based sliding fee scale similar to the Pocatello site;
  • electronically linking the two sites so lectures and seminars can originate from either facility;
  • ISU maintaining core administrative duties such as the application process, accreditation, and graduation certificates for both sites;
  • collaborating with southwestern Idaho agencies that already deliver health care to underserved constituents.

The second site is scheduled to be fully functioning for the new resident training year beginning July 1.

After three years, the program is designed to be sustained through patient receipts, some state education revenues, and affiliation agreements with state and federal programs, hospitals, and care agencies.

- February 3, 2005

ISU Boise Center Hosts College Café

Boise – Idaho State University's Boise Center will present the spring session of the “College Café,” a community lecture series beginning Tuesday, April 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Piazza Di Vino, 212 N. 9 th Street , Boise. ISU faculty will give informal presentations.

“The ISU Boise Center has outstanding professors, and this venue lets share their knowledge,” said Belinda Isley, ISU public relations specialist. “And there's always time for questions from participants.” The presentations are free and the public is invited.

April 5: Learn To Be Healthy at The Weight You're At

Ruth Schneider, associate professor and clinical coordinator for dietetic internship, explores nutrition, dieting, eating for health, and the myths surrounding the perfect body.

April 12: Life Changes: Gains, Losses, and Feelings

Even though they may be "normal changes", life transitions are difficult for most people. Dr. Judith Crews, assistant professor, ISU counseling will help you learn to identify them, and answer the age old question: Am I crazy or is this normal?

April 19: What You Need To Know About Suicide

Did you know Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation among young people? Ann Kirkwood, Director, Better Todays. Better Tomorrows. For Children's Mental Health, will share important information on various disorders, treatment, and warning signs.

April 26: Women's Health Screenings

Women particularly, are subjected to many screenings throughout their lives. Judith Nagel, assistant professor, ISU Fast Track nursing, will discuss them, what they are, what the results mean, and which ones do we really need?

May 3: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Mood Swings -- Oh My!

Learn about hormone replacement therapy and what all the fuss is about. Dr. Roger Heffllinger, Pharm.D, associate professor, ISU College of Pharmacy, will discuss HRT, and explore the differences, rational for, and appropriate use of HRT.

Spanish for Health-Care Professionals Class Set For March

In response to a growing need in Idaho, Linda Hatzenbuehler, Dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions announced a new intensive 4-day course, Spanish for Health-Care Professionals. The course will be offered March 14-18, 2005 in Boise and Aug. 22 – 26, 2005 in Pocatello. Seating is limited so contact the ISU office of Academic Support at (208) 282-4545 or e-mail acadsup@isu.edu. CMEs are available.

- February 3, 2005

ISU Day at the Capitol, Jan. 26

Boise – Idaho State University will present “ISU Day at the Capitol” from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. More than 30 displays and interactive programs will feature the University’s colleges, departments and programs. The displays are set up around the fourth floor rotunda for legislators to visit between sessions. The displays are open to the public.

“This event showcases the programs and achievements at Idaho State University,” said Graham Garner, ISU Alumni Relations director. “It’s a great opportunity to see the exhibits, meet the faculty, staff and students of ISU and learn how the University is serving the entire state.”

This is the ninth year of the Capitol Day program, in which all four of Idaho’s four-year public institutions bring displays to the Statehouse to celebrate Higher Education Week, the week when the Legislature’s Joint Finance Appropriations Committee holds hearings on higher education funding.

The day will conclude with a reception at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Grove Hotel Grand Foyer, 245 South Capitol Blvd. All legislators, alumni and friends of ISU are invited and asked to contact the Alumni Office at 800-933-4781 or alumni@isu.edu if they plan to attend.

Idaho State University Boise Center Enrollment Jumps 52 Percent

Boise – Growing demand for health care professionals has led to a 52 percent increase in enrollment over last spring, for an official tally of 321 students.

"This is the highest spring enrollment in the history of the Boise Center," said Robin Dodson, chief academic officer. "Our graduates are helping to fill the demand for health care professionals in the Treasure Valley and the entire state."

"Presently we are working to expand clinical opportunities that will benefit the underserved population," said Dodson. "These are win-win situations. Our students gain clinical experience, and clients get treatment. Many clients are referred by hospitals and other clinics and might not otherwise get treatment."

ISU Boise Center has begun offering counseling services for Treasure Valley residents. Second- and third-year master's level students counsel couples, individuals and families. Fees are based on a sliding scale.

The Boise Center will implement a general dentistry residency program in fall 2005. The Idaho State University dental sciences department has received a $460,460 grant to expand Idaho’s only dental resident training program to Boise. The expansion will increase educational opportunities for newly graduated dentists and improve access to dental care for underserved and disadvantaged populations.

The ISU Boise Center offers the associate of science in paramedic; the Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology, nursing fast track, and clinical laboratory science; master’s programs in nursing, speech-language pathology, clinical laboratory science, counseling in mental health and marriage and family, geology, physical education, athletic administration, public health, dietetic internship, and third and fourth-year pharmacy rotations.

- January 25, 2005

Mental Health Is The Topic Of The 2005 'Idaho Mini Medical School' For The General Public, Registration Ends Jan. 18

"Mental Health and Illness" is the topic of the 3rd annual Idaho Mini Medical School, a series of five evening programs in January and February geared toward the general public. The series, which will provide up-to-date information on mental health and illness in children, adults and seniors, is presented as a community service by the University of Washington School of Medicine, in conjunction with the WWAMI (Idaho) Office for Clinical Medical Education and the first-year WWAMI medical student program. The series aims to bring understanding of medical issues to the general public and to individuals interested in pursuing health care careers. (WWAMI is the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho medical school program coordinated by the University of Washington.)

Registration costs $35 and the deadline for registration is Jan. 18. The Idaho Mini Medical School program will be held on five consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center’s Anderson Center — Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23. For registration information call St. Luke’s at (208) 381-1200. Scholarships are available.

Each session will open with a short presentation by an Idaho WWAMI medical student describing medical school training. Topics will then be presented by University of Washington School of Medicine physician faculty, area health professionals and professors from University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University.

Topics will include: how the brain works; how psychoactive drugs work in the brain; mental health in children; ADD, ADHD and learning disabilities; teenage depression and suicide; adult depression and bipolar disorder; anxiety disorders; somatization, sexual abuse and chronic pain; women’s mental health across the ages; chronic fatigue syndrome; cognitive changes in aging; senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; Parkinson’s disease and stroke; and other topics.

In addition to providing updates on mental health, the program is intended to encourage interest in health-care fields, explain the training and instruction received by medical students, discuss pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options, and encourage the general public to take responsibility for their own health and disease management.

This is the third year of this very popular Idaho Mini Medical School program. Registration is limited to about 100 people and is expected to fill up quickly, so pre-registration is required. The first two years’ themes were heart disease and lung diseases. Participants were members of the general public, students and health-care practitioners.

In addition to University of Washington, St. Luke’s and the three Idaho universities, program sponsors include Ada Canyon Medical Education Consortium, Ada County Medical Society, Blue Cross of Idaho, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, Idaho AHEC, Idaho Hospital Association, Idaho Medical Association, Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Boise.

Register on-line for Pharm 298P credit at: http://workshops.isu.edu.

Contacts: Dana L. Ellis or Dr. James Blackman, WWAMI (Idaho) Office for Clinical Medical Education, (208) 327-0641, danae@uwashington.edu
Media Contacts: Kathleen Craven, (208) 426-3275, kcraven@boisestate.edu

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