CON Faculty Accomplishments
Dec 3, 2018 12:00 AM
Linda Edelman and Larry Garrett, from HealthInsight (HI), were keynote speakers at a Geriatric Workforce Education Program (GWEP) Small Networking Meeting hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University about establishing GWEP and Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) partnerships to improve the integration of primary care and geriatrics for older adults. Linda and Larry were selected because of our involvement with the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC), a HRSA-funded GWEP that is increasingly recognized nationally as an exemplar for building a strong academic/QIO partnership. The UGEC and HI partner together to deliver educational and quality improvement programs to long-term care providers, staff and residents. This reciprocal relationship has expanded outside of GWEP with Larry serving as adjunct faculty in the College of Nursing and HI providing graduate students with internship opportunities. In addition, HI is a strong partner in other CON programs including the recently funded Nursing Education Practice and Quality and Retention (NEPQR) program funded by HRSA. Their presentation titled “Academic QIO Partnerships” provided an overview of the successful ongoing relationship between the Utah Geriatric Consortium and HealthInsight.
Because of our National Institutes of Health-funded T32 program, we are able to engage pre & post doctoral nursing trainees in the state of the science knowledge, cutting edge research designs, and innovative thinking addressing key questions in Cancer, Caregiving, and End-of-life Care. This program builds upon research opportunities at the University of Utah’s College of Nursing, Health Sciences, academic campus, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute and is under the direction of Lee Ellington and Kathi Mooney. We currently have positions available for 2 pre-doctoral nursing students and 3 post-doctoral applicants.
Deanna Kekpa is currently in Lisbon, Portugal, where she is presenting at the International Multidisciplinary HPV Congress with other international health professionals who, like her, are interested in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections and related diseases. Deanna has an invited presentation and session discussant titled “Uses of New Technologies in HPV Vaccine Behavioral Science Research.” She is also presenting a poster, funded in part by a College of Nursing Burton Award, titled “Willingness of oral health students to train and administer the HPV vaccine in the dental setting.” Her collaborators include:
- Kepka, H. Rutkoski , L. Pappas , D. Lai, J. Winkler, B. Dixon, L. Pinzon. University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute - Salt Lake City (United States of America), University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Las Vegas (United States of America), School of Dentistry, University of Utah - Salt Lake City (United States of America)
Andrea Wallace will be presenting to University of Utah Internal Medicine this week (December 4th) along with Sonja Raaum, M.D. The title of their presentation is “Social needs and resources in the evaluation and enhancement of discharge support: The NEEDS pilot”.