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A Monthly Newsletter from
UW’s College of Health Sciences
August 16, 2010
A Message from Dean Steiner
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
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!
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.
A business plan submitted by
SOP students and their advisor
was honored by the NCPA.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com 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).
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
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.
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.