CON Faculty Accomplishments
Dec 10, 2018 12:00 AM
Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners (APNPs) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs): Good news for all of our APRNs. The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was recently signed into law. This bill contains dozens of measure to combat the opioid epidemic including Section 3201 that would authorize APRNs (including NPs and CNMs) and Physician Assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatments for five years. The authorization will be permanent for NPs. It passed the House in late September and was recently cleared in the Senate.
- On Nov 28, Jen co-presented the webinar “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and Juvenile Corrections: In Introduction for Health Care Professionals” sponsored by the National Commission on Correctional Health (NCCHC).
- On Dec 19, Jen will be holding another webinar/discussion based on her article “Screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and High-Risk Sexual Behaviors in Utah's Juvenile Justice Population: Results and Implications for Practice.” for the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD). NCSD is a national public health membership organization representing health department STD directors, their support staff, and community-based partners across 50 states, 7 large cities, and 8 US territories. The webinar will be in the format of a journal club.
- Jen was also elected co-chair of the Utah Trafficking in Persons Juvenile Subcommittee a couple weeks ago. This is a two year term. Jen had a poster accepted to the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Conference in DC. https://www.adolescenthealth.org/Meetings/2019-Annual-Meeting.aspx
- On December 6, Michelle was interviewed by the Community Signal podcast regarding her research – more information will be forthcoming when this airs.
- UHealth recently highlighted her research on the open source artificial pancreas system: https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/newsroom/news/2018/11/litchman-openaps.php
- Michelle was 1 of 130 clinicians (and 1 of 2 NPs) nationwide who was participated in the American Diabetes Association Therapeutic Inertia Summit last week. This was a by invitation-only event.
Nanci McLeskey: Nanci and her husband Charles gave a $25,000 endowed scholarship to the College of Nursing in geriatric nursing. Their goal is to help and encourage a nurse or potential gerontologist to reach their goals through financial support. Many thanks to Nanci and her husband for this generous gift.
Lisa led a research project in Washington state prior to joining our CON team. Washington East Asian Medical Association (WEAMA) engaged in formal conversations with Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for twenty years in an attempt to inform and influence L&I policy to include East Asian Medicine Providers (EAMPs). WEAMA established a research committee in 2013 led by Lisa Taylor-Swanson to conduct a Systematic Review (SR) of literature on acupuncture for low back pain. The WEAMA SR interpreted sham acupuncture as an active control (which is a change from prior SRs and informed by recent fMRI data) and presented these findings to the Medical Director of L&I in 2016. L&I subsequently initiated a pilot study of EAMPs providing care to injured workers. The pilot study has enrolled 208 EAMPs who were allowed to provide 10 or fewer treatments to injured workers experiencing low back pain. L&I has paid 1875 claims to date from 54 providers. Future steps include filing L&I rules and target adoption of new rules June, 2019. EAMPs will be the first profession added to L&I in two decades. However, acupuncturists will only be allowed to treat low back pain. Future advocacy by WEAMA will ask L&I to initiate rulemaking to allow acupuncture to be provided to injured workers across conditions.
This team was comprised by 7 clinicians and 2 clinician-researchers. It is an example of clinician- and research-led activism that has resulted in meaningful policy change. This policy change will allow injured workers (with low back pain) to receive an additional modality of care and provides an additional revenue source for EAMPs. A win-win!
The related publication is: Taylor-Swanson, L., Stone, J.A., Gale, M., Gaitaud, A., Huson, C., MacPherson, F., Martens, J., Godwin, J., & Yule, M. (2018) Systematic review of acupuncture for low back pain: Efficacy and clinically-meaningful change, Meridians, 5(3), 18-39.
As part of the PRISMS study which Kathy leads, many of our faculty worked with engineering students. Students started with the PRISMS software and devices that Kathy and her colleagues developed, and were asked to envision “what would this look like as a consumer level system.” In the process, they were able to get the cost down from over $400 to less than $50 for the set, and developed a mobile app and web interface in addition to user guides and simplifying the overall system. A poster / demo day happened last week where students had the opportunity to present their work – a great example of collaborations with other departments (in this case, engineering) to engage undergraduate students.