Delta Dental Community Outreach announces $500,000 gift to Idaho State University

From left, Delta Dental of Idaho Board Chair Steven Bruce, ISU President Arthur Vailas and Delta Dental of Idaho President and CEO Tami Brandstetter.

Delta Dental Community Outreach, a philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Idaho, has donated a $500,000 gift to Idaho State University to help fund an advanced dental residency clinic at ISU’s new health sciences center in Meridian, 1311 E. Central Drive.

“On behalf of Idaho State University and the Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Program, I am honored to accept this generous gift from Delta Dental Community Outreach,” said ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.  “This donation will help further our commitment to providing an outstanding education and advanced training for our dental residents. Without the dental residency, many Treasure Valley patients would be unable to afford quality dental care.” [Read more…]

Kasiska College of Health Professions to hold Research Day March 13 in Pocatello, Boise

The Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions Research Day 2009 will be held March 13 in Pocatello and Boise, and features keynote speaker Anna L. Schwartz, author of the book “Cancer Fitness, Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors.”

The event’s theme is “Data Under Our Noses: Finding, Organizing, and Interpreting.” It runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and can be completed at [Read more…]

New ISU HRSA grant to better prepare nurses for rural practice

From left, Laura Vailas, Ph.D.,  Development and Education Director for The Hospital Cooperative, Ramesh Ramloll, Ph.D., research assistant professor at the ISU Institute of Rural Health, and Deana Molinari, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ISU associate professor of nursing and grant principal investigator are working together to better prepare nurses for rural practive in a five-state region, using Web-based programs and other technologies.

Practicing nursing in rural communities isn’t the same as practicing in cities. A four-month rural nurse residency is being developed at Idaho State University to improve patient care and increase nurse confidence.

The U.S. Health and Resources and Services Administration funded a three-year, $711,104 grant to prepare nurses in a five-state region. Idaho State University will use rural experts to teach new nurses advanced skills rural generalists to care for clients in hospitals and communities. [Read more…]

ISU College of Pharmacy students provide 2,500 flu shots this season

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter sat on the edge of his desk and slipped off his shirt as Idaho State University third-year pharmacy student Whitney Bennet prepared to administer an influenza vaccination Nov. 7.“I’m a cowboy so I’m not about to tell you if it hurt,” he joked after the shot, but quickly added the vaccination was not only painless, but key to keeping people healthy during flu season. “It’s so much better to keep people from getting sick in the first place,” he said. [Read more…]

ISU’s Institute of Emergency Management coordinates disaster training for rural hospitals

Imagine this: A school bus collides with a tanker hauling pesticide along a county road in north Idaho, exposing children to the hazardous contents.

A truck hauling an unknown chemical crashes on I-84 near Mountain Home, erupting into flames and emitting toxic fumes.

How do emergency and health-care workers in rural Idaho prepare for such emergencies? How can they care for the injured while protecting themselves and their surroundings from contamination?

These questions will be the focus of five training sessions conducted in Idaho’s rural communities in November by the federal Center for Domestic Preparedness and coordinated by Idaho State University-Boise’s Institute of Emergency Management or IEM. [Read more…]

Idaho Conference on Health Care sessions to be broadcast to Boise, Twin Falls

Idaho State University Kasiska College of Health Professions will host the 21st Annual Idaho Conference on Health Care Wednesday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Oct. 24, in the Pond Student Union Building on the Pocatello campus.

Several conference sessions will be broadcast live to Boise and Twin Falls through ISU’s Distance Learning Network. [Read more…]

Institute of Rural Health lands $800,000 grant to help chronically ill patients find after-care

What happens to Idaho’s Medicaid and Medicare patients once they leave the hospital?Are nursing homes and assisted-living centers the only options for people living with a chronic illness or a physical disability?           

Those questions are about to be explored by Idaho State University-Boise senior research associate Russell Spearman who was recently awarded an $800,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS. The project begins Sept. 30 and will run for three years. The Institute of Rural Health's Debra Larsen, Ph.D., will serve as co-principal investigator.

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