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2013 Archived News Articles

February 2013

Ann Kirkwood receives Advocacy Award

The Idaho State Planning Council on Mental Health has awarded Ann Kirkwood its Advocacy Award for dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families. More details here.

2012 Archived News Articles

September 2012

Book chapters published on veterans' health

A new comprehensive handbook on veterans' health has been published in four volumes, with two chapters from IRH researchers. The Praeger Handbook of Veterans' Health [4 volumes]: History, Challenges, Issues, and Developments.
Vol. II, Ch. 14: Service Dogs and Their Use for Veterans with Disabilities, by Beth Hudnall Stamm, Susan L. Blampied, and Kirstina Beck.
Vol. III, Ch. 13: Eradicating Mental Illness Stigma for Active Military Personnel and Veterans, by Ann D. Kirkwood, Beth Hudnall Stamm, and Chandra R. Story.

September 2012

Grant to expand mental health services via telehealth

Dr. Neill Piland at the ISU Institute of Rural Health is part of a new grant awarded to The Hospital Cooperative to expand mental health and family support services to children and adolescents using telehealth. Funding is from the HRSA Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT).

August 2012

Outstanding Advocate Award

Ann Kirkwood received an Outstanding Advocate Award from the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. The award honors her for "dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of Idaho children and families." Ann is recognized nationally for her research on adolescent mental health issues.

August 2012

New funding award for TBI study

ISU-IRH Meridian researcher Russell Spearman has been awarded a $31,000 supplemental grant to study the mortality rates of Idahoans who've suffered traumatic brain injuries in motor vehicle accidents. More details here.

April 2012

Shoshone-Bannock Wellness Center moving ahead

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Wellness Center and Sports Complex project is moving ahead, thanks in part to a feasibility study completed by IRH researchers.

January 2012

2009 State Suicide Rankings

The Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention notes that Idaho has the 4th highest suicide rate in the U.S. The 2012 Annual Report of the American Association of Suicidology is based on the recently available final numbers from 2009. To learn more about how you can prevent suicide, visit our Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention project.

2011 Archived News Articles

October 2011

Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan 2011

The Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention has issued the Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan 2011: An Action Guide with support from the Institute of Rural Health. The plan is designed to help communities create suicide prevention activities to raise awareness about the problem of suicide in Idaho, craft interventions, and design training for professionals who work with people at risk of suicide.

September 2011

2011 Health Care Heroes Award

Rick Tivis is an honoree in the 2011 Health Care Heroes program sponsored by the Idaho Business Review newspaper in Boise. Click here for more information.

July 2011

ISU AmeriCorps programs benefit Idaho communities

The AmeriCorps program administered by the ISU Institute of Rural Health has had a profound effect on 27-year-old Cassie Stover of Hazelton, who has been an AmeriCorps health advocate for Head Start in the Burley-Twin Falls area for most of the last year. Click here for the full article.

June 2011

Award-winning Auto Crash Prevention Program

IRH director Neill Piland has been notified that the San Carlos Apache Motor Vehicle Prevention Program has been selected for a 2010 Indian Health Service (IHS) Director's Award. Click here for the full article.

January 2011

Simulation Training Center at Saint Alphonsus

Local channel 7 interviewed Dr. Annette Phillipp from the Institute of Rural Health regarding her work with the simulation training center at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Video clip...

January 2011

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Wellness Center

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, with collaboration from the Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health, have committed resources and staff to construct a fully-integrated, centrally-located community center at Fort Hall focused on health and wellness. Click here for the press release.

2010 Archived News Articles

July 2010

IRH Releases Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Options Report

The Institute of Rural Health has released a new report examining options for creating a suicide crisis help line in Idaho. The goal of the report is to study the benefits of a suicide prevention hotline and how one could be set up for Idaho to address the state's high suicide rate. Click here for more information and to read the report.

March 2010

IRH Researcher to Serve on SAMHSA Steering Committee for ADS Center

Ann Kirkwood, Senior Research Associate for ISU's Institute of Rural Health, has been named to serve on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA's Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS). More...

2009 Archived News Articles

November 2009

Position open for a Grant Project Coordinator

The Institute of Rural Health has a position open for a Full-time Grant Project Coordinator in Meridian. More...

October 2009

Institute of Rural Health celebrates 20 years at
Idaho State University

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Idaho Conference on Health Care, October 30 at ISU.

Members of the IRH will be staffing booths and offering celebratory cake at the conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Earl R. Pond Student Union. More...

September 2009

ISU researcher being honored as a Health Care Hero

Russell Spearman has been selected as one of the Idaho Business Review's Health Care Heroes honorees for 2009 in the Rehabilitation Care category. More...

September 2009

Ann Kirkwood wins Voice Award

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health Senior Research Associate Ann Kirkwood has been named a winner of the prestigious Voice Award, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services announced on September 24, 2009. More...

September 2009

Idaho State University Awarded $1.5 million for youth suicide prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $1.5 million to Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health for youth suicide prevention projects over the next three years. More...

August 2009

Medical Education Training Videos Available Online

ACMEC, an accredited continuing medical education organization, has partnered with the IRH's Rocky Mountain Learning to provide online access to selected training videos, with optional CME credit. More...

August 2009

The Economic Burden of Injuries to Alaska Natives:
Implications for Prevention and Health Policy

This new research study will estimate the economic effects of injuries and the burden injuries place on Alaska Natives and their communities, and identify cost-effective preventive interventions to reduce the costs associated with injury and the resulting economic burden. More...

August 2009

Free Live Online Presentation:
Preventing Diabetic Foot Amputation

A live interactive webinar on September 9, 2009 will examine risk factors that are associated with diabetic lower extremity amputation. Presented by Rocky Mountain Learning

August 2009

Developing Capable People Series

An eight part webinar series adapted from the research by H. Stephen Glenn's Developing Capable People Program. Presented by Rocky Mountain Learning.

August 2009

ISU-IRH Researcher Nominated for Voice Award

Ann D. Kirkwood, MA has been nominated for a Voice Award for exemplary service in the mental health field. More...

July 2009

IRH-Boise Moves to Meridian

The Institute of Rural Health-Boise gains a new home with the move of the Idaho State University Boise campus to Meridian on August 1, 2009. The ISU-Boise Campus will be closed July 31. We’re moving to the new ISU-Meridian Health Science Center. The building is located on the north side of Interstate 84 between Meridian and Locust Grove roads, behind Meridian Joint School District #2.

Our new street address is 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, Idaho 83642. Most office phone numbers and extensions will remain the same. We should have telephone and Internet service by Wed., August 5.

July 2009

IRHA Board Holds their Summer Meeting

The Idaho Rural Health Association (IRHA) Board of Directors met on July 2nd in Grangeville, ID for the summer quarterly board meeting. IRH members Barbara Cunningham and Kirsti Beck traveled to Grangeville for the meeting to provide staff support for the IRHA. In addition to the board meeting, the IRHA held a rural forum on the dangers of methamphetamine, in conjunction with the Idaho Meth Project, Syringa General Hospital, and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. The forum was well attended and one lucky teenager won an iPod as a door prize! The next quarterly board meeting will be on October 29th in Pocatello, the day before the Idaho Conference on Health Care. More information can be found at www.idahorha.org.

July 2009

Health IT Outreach Program Launched!

The Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health has launched an outreach program to assist Southeastern Idaho health clinics effectively deploy and manage Health IT. Services will be provided for small fees to recover the costs of operating the program.

IRH Receives $1 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Grant

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as many as 35,000 Idahoans may be living with a severe traumatic brain injury, yet Idaho has few community resources to assist TBI patients after they leave acute-care facilities and return home to live.

Rocky Mountain Learning Website Launched!

Rocky Mountain Learning is a new non-profit organization operated by the ISU Institute of Rural Health dedicated to providing distance learning with a focus on healthcare. It utilizes web based platforms to increase the reach of distance learning from the traditional videoconferencing methodology often used in healthcare.