Public Health Faculty and Staff
Ryan Lindsay, PhD, MPH
Department Chair / Assistant Professor
Office: 1311 E. Central Dr., Meridian, ID 83642
I am interested in global health and how substance use, including smoking, influences HIV and tuberculosis. My research has highlighted the plight of homeless, addicted, immigrant, and sex worker populations.
- Master of Public Health: Brigham Young University
- Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (Global Health emphasis):University of California San Diego/San Diego State University joint doctoral program
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of California San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
- US & Global Health Systems
- Technological Applications in Health
- Substance use, Tobacco, HIV, Tuberculosis, Social determinants of health, and the household production of health
- Lindsay, R. P., Shin, S. S., Garfein, R. S., Rusch, M. L., & Novotny, T. E. (2014). The Association between active and passive smoking and latent tuberculosis infection in adults and children in the United States: results from NHANES. PLoS One, 9(3), e93137. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093137
- Shin, S. S., Xiao, D., Cao, M., Wang, C., Li, Q., Chai, W. X., Lindsay, R. P., Usita, P. & Novotny, T. E. (2012). Patient and doctor perspectives on incorporating smoking cessation into tuberculosis care in Beijing, China. The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 16(1), 126-132. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0044
- Njord, L., Merrill, R. M., Njord, R., Lindsay, R., & Pachano, J. D. (2010). Drug use among street children and non--street children in the Philippines. Asia-Pacific journal of public health. 22(2), 203-211. doi: 10.1177/1010539510361515
Lisa Salazar, PhD, MPH
MPH Program Director/Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: Reed Gym 242A
Ph.D., Instructional Design, Idaho State University
Master of Education, Instructional Technology, Idaho State University
Master of Public Health, Idaho State University
Elizabeth Fore, PhD
Office: Gravely Hall, #214
M. Elizabeth Fore, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Health Program and Interim Director of the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She joined the faculty at ISU in 2011. She has extensive experience as an evaluator of local and state-level health services programs and as a qualitative researcher of access to care barriers for underserved populations, including, limited-English-proficient Latinos, Medicaid recipients, and rural residents. Since 2008, she has been the Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator of 18 grants and contracts totaling over $2 million.
- Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, 2006
- Graduate Certificate, University of South Carolina, Women’s Studies, 2004
- M.Ed., Clemson University, Counseling and Guidance Services, 1994
- B.A., Clemson University, Psychology and History, 1992
Current Courses Taught
- MPH 6604: Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health
- MPH 6620: Health Program Planning and Evaluation
- Tarp, H.C., Fore, M.E., Nies, M.A., and Febles, C. G. (2016). What does it mean to be healthy? Hispanics in the Southeastern Idaho agricultural industry. J Immigrant Minority Health. June 11, 2016. DOI 10.1007/s10903-016-0439-6.
- Parra-Medina, D., Wilcox, S., Salinas, J., Addy, C., Fore, E., Poston, M.B., and Wilson, D. (2011). Results of the HHER Lifestyle Trial: A Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention for African American Women Attending Community Health Centers. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1914-1921.
- Parra-Medina, D., Hilfinger, D. K., Fore, E., Mayo, R., Petry, D., and Prabhu Das, I. (2009) The Partnership for Cancer Prevention: Addressing access to cervical cancer screening among Latinas in South Carolina. The Journal of the South Carolinas Medical Association, 105 (7) 297-308.
- Messias, D. K. H., McLoughlin, K., Fore, M. E., Jennings, L. B., and Parra-Medina, D. (2008). Societal images of youth: Representations and interpretations by youth actively engaged in their communities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 21,(2) 159-178.
- Weber, L., and Fore, E. (2007) Race, ethnicity and health: An intersectional approach. In Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations. V. Hernan & J. Feagan (eds). Springer Press.
- Messias, D., Fore, M. E., McLouglin, K., and Parra-Medina, D. (2005) Adult Roles in Community-Based Youth Empowerment Programs: Implications for Best Practices. Family and Community Health, 4, 320-37.
Diana Campanella Schow, PhD.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Reed Gym #243B
I complete mixed-methods action research projects to improve health status, social justice and wellness of individuals, communities and organizations in rural and underserved areas. My work has involved direct services, program administration, research and volunteerism. Populations of focus in southeast Idaho and Montana have included victims of child abuse, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Hispanic agricultural workers, Native American populations, persons in poverty and individuals receiving and applying for disability, food stamps, Medicaid and emergency assistance. My international experience includes working with rural programs in Peru and 13 European countries.
- PhD – Division of Physical Activity and Public Health – Institute of Sport Science and Sport, Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, 2017
- Master of Health Education - Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 2011
- Master of Arts - Cultural Anthropology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 2003
- Bachelor of Science -Mass Communications/Public Relations,University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah June, 1992
Current course taught:
- MPH/MHE 6660 Behavior Change Theory and Applications
- HONS 3391 Happiness in the Modern World
- MPH 6606 Environmental and Occupational Health
- MPH 6609 Seminar in Public and Community Health
- Rütten, A., Schow, D., Breda, J. et al. (2016) Three types of scientific evidence to inform physical activity policy: results from a comparative scoping review. Int J Public Health, 61(553). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00038-016-0807-y
- Cartwright E.; Schow D. (2016) Anthropological Perspectives on Participation in CBPR: Insights from the Water Project, Maras, Peru. Qualitative Health Research, 26(1), 136-140.
- Schow, D. (2006). The Culture of Domestic Violence Advocacy: Values of Equality/Behaviors of Control, Women's Health: New Frontiers in Advocacy & Social Justice Research and simultaneous printing in Women & Health, 43(4).
Irene van Woerden, PhD
Office: Reed Gym 242A
I am an applied statistician who studies health behaviors and outcomes. Among others, my research has indicated that the food insecurity measurement tools may not be working as expected among college students; shown similarities among friends diet and sleep behaviors; and shown peer selection and peer influence effects on BMI.
- PhD (Exercise and Nutritional Sciences), Arizona State University
- MS (Statistics), Arizona State University
- MS (Statistics), University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- BS (Statistics and Chemistry), University of Waikato, New Zealand
- Health behaviors and outcomes; social networks; food insecurity; BMI; chemical exposure; nuclear energy
- van Woerden, I., Schaefer, D., Hruschka, D., Vega-Lopez, S., Adams, A., & Bruening, M. (2019) Similarity in meal plan use among first-year roommates. Appetite. doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.104482
- van Woerden, I., Bruening, M., Montresor-Lopez, J., & Payne-Sturges, D. (2019) Trends and Disparities in Urinary BPA Concentrations Among U.S. Young Adults. Environmental Research.
- van Woerden, I., Hruschka, D., Vega-Lopez, S., Schaefer, D., Adams, A., & Bruening, M. (2019) Food insecure college students and objective measurements of their unused meal plans. Nutrients.
- Bruening, M., van Woerden, I., Schaefer, D., Hruschka, D., Brewis, A., Whisner, C., Dunton, G., Todd, M., P, Ohri-Vachaspati., & Laska, M. (2018) Friendship as a social mechanism influencing body mass index (BMI) among emerging adults. PLoS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208894
- van Woerden, I., Hruschka, D., & Bruening, M. (2018). Food insecurity negatively impacts academic performance. Journal of Public Affairs.
Administrative Assistant 1
Office: Reed Gym 242
Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty
- Galen Louis, PhD
- Judy Thorne
- Rick Tivis, MPH