Hoofprints
A Monthly Newsletter from
UW’s College of Health Sciences
103rd
Edition
August 16, 2010
A Message from Dean Ste...
for securing the five-year extension of the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) grant.
This will allow Deb’s group ...
UW’s IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is funded by the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) t...
Clarke, Professor of Nursing, has had a productive summer with its poster presentations and panel
discussions in Orlando, ...
activities and community projects. Terry Carr (B.S.P. ’74)of Medicap in Gillette was named the
Wyoming Pharmacist of the Y...
elder abuse, identifies possible victims and their abusers, explains why elder abuse may occur, lists
notification informa...
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  1. 1. Hoofprints A Monthly Newsletter from UW’s College of Health Sciences 103rd Edition August 16, 2010 A Message from Dean Steiner Dear friends, August is the quiet month at the College of Health Sciences and the University of Wyoming, so it was my initial intent to hang a “Gone Fishing” sign on my monthly message. As you will read below, however, a number of great things are happening at the college. Congratulations to Alicia Grove, a nursing graduate from Rock Springs on being named Miss Wyoming. We will be rooting for her at the Miss America Pageant in January. Congratulations to Deb Fleming Dean Joseph F."Joe" Steiner
  2. 2. for securing the five-year extension of the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) grant. This will allow Deb’s group to continue its important work. As we all know, Wyoming has one of the oldest populations in the country, and the center provides much-needed education. Also, congratulation to the pharmacy students for their top-10 placing in the National Community Pharmacists Association Pruitt-SchutteStudent Business Plan competition. There is always strong competition from pharmacy programs across the country, and their great showing signifies their dedication and hard work. As you can see, even for a quiet month, there is quite a lot of activity at the college. Now, I’m going fishing! Regards, Joe Student News Congratulations to the members of the School of Pharmacy’s (SOP) student arm of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) who were named among the top 10 finalists in the association’s Pruitt-Schutte Student BusinessPlan competition. Morganne Smyth from Cheyenne; Jared Underdahl from Owatonna, Minnesota; Kara Kent and Mark Harmon from Laramie; Joseph Poling from Loveland, Colorado; and Cory Officer from Evanston, with guidance from Kem Krueger, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, submitted “Snowy Range Pharmacy & Peak Urgent Care,” a five-year plan for purchasing a pharmacy in Laramie and adding an urgent care center staffed with nurse practitioners. The plan also included enhancing medication compounding services and a prescription disposal system to allow patients a safe way to discard unused medications. According to NCPA President Joseph H. Harmison, “The future of independent community pharmacy resides in the hands of pharmacy students, which is why NCPA invests considerable resources in providing these young people with the tools to be successful owners. The business plan competition is the crown jewel of those efforts, as teams of pharmacy students create independent community pharmacy business plans that are judged by distinguished panel of pharmacy professionals.” The group will receive $300 and recognition at the NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony to be held during the NCPA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in late October. Program Updates A business plan submitted by SOP students and their advisor was honored by the NCPA.
  3. 3. UW’s IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster research in health issues across the state of Wyoming, continues its remarkable program of supporting faculty and student research and connecting students in biomedical fields from the state’s seven community colleges to its UW base directed by Jun Ren, Professor of Pharmacology and the College of Health Sciences’ Associate Dean for Research. INBRE has six lofty goals: to establish a multi- disciplinary research network with scientific focus that will build and strengthen biomedical research at UW and its partner institutions; to provide research support to faculty, postgraduate fellows, and graduate students; to create a pipeline for undergraduate students at UW and Wyoming community colleges to continue health research careers; to provide outreach activities for UW students and the community colleges that are part of INBRE’s network; to enhance science and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce; and to expand Wyoming research opportunities across the region. The project is complex, but its purpose is quite simply to make Wyoming a healthier state in which to live. The Family Medicine Residency Programs (FMRP) are pleased to welcome their new residents. James Dombroski, M.D.; Mesha Dunn, M.D.; Marcus Harris, D.O.; Jacob Johnson, D.O.; Larry Lauridsen, D.O.; Keyna May, M.D.; Nikki Myhre, D.O.; and Russel Pierce, M.D. have joined the Casper Program, and Nima Azarbehi, M.D.; J. Jake Behringer, M.D.; Kristina A. Behringer, M.D.; Robert E. Oravec, M.D.; Yusuf S. Ruhullah, M.D.; and Aaron L. Wilson, M.D. have joined the Cheyenne Program. Also of interest is the fact that the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming, FMRP/Casper’s partner, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The good working relationship that has been established between the two groups will continue to benefit resident physicians and community patients. The Center for Community Health and Economic Development, a group of faculty from the SOP, the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing (FWWSON), and UW’s College of Business, works with the Health as Human Capital Foundation in Cheyenne to develop market-based solutions to challenges facing business and health care. The center, which is directed by Pamela Jun Ren, Director of UW's INBRE initiative
  4. 4. Clarke, Professor of Nursing, has had a productive summer with its poster presentations and panel discussions in Orlando, Seattle, and Arlington and at UW. The group’s interdisciplinary approach is proving effective in dealing with health care issues of Wyoming’s energy and extractive industries. Alumni News Alicia Grove from Rock Springs, a 2010 graduate of the FWWSON, was named Miss Wyoming and will represent our state in January during the Miss America Pageant to be held in Las Vegas. Following her undergraduate research interest, Alicia has chosen women’s heart health and prevention of cardiovascular disease as her personal platform. “As a registered nurse,” Alicia says, “I have a great deal of education in preventative measures, and while I am focused on women’s heart health in particular, I feel it is of dire importance to involve as many individuals as possible in the fight against cardiovascular disease.” As an undergraduate, Alicia was active in Delta Delta Delta sorority, represented the college during the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, and participated in the FWWSON’s interprofessional brigade that traveled to provide health care to residents in Honduras. SOP alumni were honored during the 93rd Annual Wyoming Pharmacy Association (WPA)/Wyoming Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy Convention held last month in Casper. Natasha Gallizzi (Pharm.D. ’01) of the Laramie County Centralized Pharmacy in Cheyenne received the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award for her contributions to the medication needs of the less fortunate. In recognition of his dedication to the practice of hospital pharmacy and his devotion to the advancement of patient care at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Kendall “Ken” George (B.S.P. ’77) was granted the Pfizer Wyoming Health-Systems Pharmacist of the Year Award. The Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award was presented to Matthew A. Stanton (Pharm.D. ’01), an SOP preceptor and member of the Department of Pharmacy at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, to honor his outstanding involvement in association Alicia Grove, Miss Wyoming 2010 Terry Carr (right), the Wyoming Pharmacist of the Year, is congratulated by Jennifer Nevins of the WPA.
  5. 5. activities and community projects. Terry Carr (B.S.P. ’74)of Medicap in Gillette was named the Wyoming Pharmacist of the Year based on his valued experience in retail facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals and his many efforts as a patient safety advocate. New Programs The Wyoming Center for Nursing and Health Care Partnerships, currently housed in the FWWSON and established to recruit, train, and retain long-term health care providers in Wyoming. As a result of UW funding received from the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, the center recently added three education pilot projects. Central Wyoming College will prepare local nurses for roles as clinical instructors; Sheridan College will research strategies to enhance simulation experiences for student nurses, while integrating those experiences into its nursing curriculum; and Sheridan Memorial Hospital will gather information about what is needed for an area simulation center in northern Wyoming designed to train rural nurses at their facilities. For details, please contact Matt Sholty (msholty@uwyo.edu or 307-766-6715). The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) has joined Twitter. To follow WIND’s “tweets,” please visit http://www.twitter.com/WINDucedd and never miss an update. The FWWSON received almost $1 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to prepare Wyoming nurse educators. The three-year program is designed to expand the number of nurse educators in the state with an emphasis on increasing the cultural competence of new and existing nursing faculty. According to HRSA studies, a 63% shortage of nurses in Wyoming, the largest shortage in the nation, is expected by 2020. For more information about this critical program, please contact Terrie Wiederich (TerrieL@uwyo.edu), Pamela Clarke (PClarke@uwyo.edu), or Connie Diaz-Swearingen (ConnieDS@uwyo.edu). Service The Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC), based in the college and funded by the Wyoming Adult Protection Training Grant (WyAPT), has made three brochures available to associations and individuals interested in preventing and detecting elder abuse in the state of Wyoming. “Suggestions for Law Enforcement as Potential First Responders to an Elder Abuse Situation” addresses officer safety, persons who may commit elder abuse, general behavioral indication of elder abuse, exploitation and intimidation indicators of elder abuse, and environmental indicators of elder abuse. The “WyAPT Elder Abuse Prevention Guide” defines WyAPT is dedicated to improving the lives of Wyoming's elders.
  6. 6. elder abuse, identifies possible victims and their abusers, explains why elder abuse may occur, lists notification information of possible responders to elder abuse, and offers state and national resources and information. “Abuse Against Elders and Vulnerable Adults: Potential Legal Remedies” lists practice tips for law enforcement as potential first responders to reports of elder abuse, outlines potential criminal justice and civilaction against alleged abusers, and defines various kinds of elder abuse such as neglect and financial exploitation, and phone numbers of state and local agencies that work on behalf of the elderly. For more information and copies of the brochures, please visit http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/community/education/wyapt.asp. Faculty News Linda Gore Martin, Associate Dean of Operations and Academic Affairs in the SOP, received this year’s Bowl of Hygeia Award from the Wyoming Pharmacy Association in recognition of her selfless and dedicated assistance to the Laramie community and the profession of pharmacy. Linda received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Creighton University in 1998 and her M.B.A. from UW in 1979. Linda’s research interests include improving the health care of women and older adults, and she is a devoted volunteer at Laramie’s Downtown Clinic and a member of the board of directors for Laramie Reproductive Health. She also teaches courses in drug literature evaluation and social and behavioral pharmacy. The Bowl of Hygeia Award is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the 10 Canadian provinces to honor recipients’ outstanding records of community service. Susan Steiner, FWWSON Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor, was one of three UW representatives appointed to the Wyoming Distance Learning Task Force by Governor Freudenthal. Sue will serve on the task force until June 30, 2012. Linda Gore Martin (left) received the WPA's Bowl of Hygeia Award from Jaime Hornecker of the Medical Residency Program at Casper. Sue Steiner will serve a three-year term on the Wyoming Distance Learning Center Task Force.

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