Letter from the President

December 9, 2008

Dear Friend of Idaho State University:

We at Idaho State University are constantly working on ways to improve the lives of Idahoans, especially in the arena of health care.

Researchers at our Institute of Rural Health, operating in Pocatello and Boise, are trying to better understand who will provide after-care for Medicare and Medicaid patients with a chronic illness or physical disability once they leave the hospital.

Russell Spearman, senior research associate, and Debra Larsen, Ph.D., research assistant professor, have embarked on a three-year study to develop and implement a "patient-centered discharge planning model" for Idaho's Medicaid and Medicare patients. Simply put, they're coming up with a plan to help patients and their families choose the best after-care options for them—options that will emphasize personal choice and individual need.

"We want patients and their families to be able to make decisions that are best for them," says Spearman.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is funding the $800,000 project through its Real Choices grant program, which was created in 2001 to help states explore home or community-based alternatives to institutional care. ISU — Idaho's lead institution in health-science education — is the only university in the country to receive a Real Choice grant this year, and we are proud to participate in this initiative.

Our standout faculty show their drive and pre-eminence in the humanities as strongly as in the health professions. Four Idaho State professors were recently awarded $3,500 research fellowships by the Idaho Humanities Council.

They are:

Philip Homan, associate professor in the ISU Eli M. Oboler Library, who will write a biography of legendary horse broker Kittie Wilkins, known as "The Horse Queen of Idaho."

Jessica Winston, associate professor of English, who will complete her book about the literary, political and social culture of the England's Inns of Court in the 1560s.

Maria Glowacka, assistant professor of anthropology, will examine historical photographs of the Shoshoni life and culture from 1880-1940.

David Adler, political science professor, who will complete a book calling for the restoration of the rule of constitutional law in America.

In addition, the Idaho Humanities Council awarded grants to the ISU Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center and Women's Studies program to bring in noted scholars for public lectures next spring, including Pulitzer-Prize winning author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

My praises, and those of the university and its supporters, go to these outstanding faculty. The depth and diversity of their work demonstrates a common goal—the pursuit of research and scholarship improve and enrich the lives of all Idahoans.

Go Bengals!

Letter from the President

Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University
president@isu.edu