CON Faculty Accomplishments
Oct 28, 2019 12:00 AM
Special shout-out to our amazing development / advancement team, including Eden Bennett, Janzell Tutor, and Rebecca Walsh for a highly successful 2019 alumni weekend! Some of the events included:
- The All Alumni Luncheon conducted by Terese Cracroft on Thursday, October 24th. Remarks were given by SVP Dr. Mike Good and Interim Dean Barbara Wilson (Class of 1984). Several of our alumni provided memories from the past, including Amber Pavlovich (Class of 2007), Karen Edson (Class of 1969), Annette Cumming (Class of 1968), and Glorya Schow (Class of 1952).
- Maddie Lassche was selected as the recipient of the Young Alumni Award (BSN ’99. DNP ’19); and past graduate Sydney Spangler (BSN ’97, MSN ’99) received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Thursday evening included a dinner and lecture on Women’s Health as a Priority for benefactors and patients. Among other scholars and scientists in Health Sciences who discussed their research, Sara Simonsen, the Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women’s & Reproductive Health, presented on “Addressing the Needs of Reproductive Women.”
- Friday included a breakfast with updates from Michael Good (School of Medicine and SVP for Health Sciences) and Health Sciences deans Barbara Wilson (Nursing), Rory Hume (Dentistry), and David Perrin (Health) all presenting on behalf of their college. Maddie Lassche and the entire Simulation Team then provided a tour of the SIM center for participants, including hands-on demonstrations by Patrick Murphy.
- Friday ended in the Induction Ceremony for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Excellence, Gamma Rho Chapter. STTI is a non-profit organization and the only international honor society whose mission is to ‘support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide’. Nursing students eligible for induction must rank in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class to quality for nomination. Over 40 baccalaureate, masters, DNP, and PhD students met this criteria and were inducted with Cheryl Armstrong, President, presiding. 2019 STTI Gamma Rho Officers who made this evening possible include:
- Cheryl Armstrong, President
- Clare Kranz, Vice President and President-Elect
- Nanci McLeskey, Secretary
- John Nerges, Treasurer
- Allison Pawlus, Awards Chair
- Denise Reeves, Faculty Counselor
- Sue Chase-Cantarini, Leadership Succession Chair
- Jenneth Doria, Philanthropy Chair
- Valerie Flattes, Archivist
- Nancy Allen and Jennifer Macali, Research / Scholarship Co-Chairs
In addition to the inductions, the following were recognized as the 2019 Gamma Rho Honorees:
- Excellence in Education: Linda Edelman
- Excellence in Leadership: Barbara Wilson
- Excellence in mentorship: Nancy Allen
- Excellence in Faculty Practice: Jennifer Clifton
- Excellence in Research: Michelle Litchman
- Early Career Innovator: Recent CON DNP Psych/mental Health NP graduate Brittany Lo
- 2019 Research Grant Awardee went to PhD student Sarah Wawrzynski to support her dissertation work.
- The weekend concluded with a tailgate party and participation in the Utah VS California Golden Bears game, where the Utes shut out the Cal Bears 35-0. Go Utes!
Many thanks to our Development Team in the College of Nursing, who worked with their counterparts in Medicine and Health to have our first ‘integrated’ alumni weekend.
Grants, Grants, and more Grants!
Susanna Cohen received a $468,290 subcontract with the University of San Francisco for a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This contract extends her collaboration with UCSF and PRONTO International to improve the safety and quality of obstetric and neonatal care in Bihar, India. Dr. Cohen’s team will lead the development of two virtual graphic novels featuring the superhero Super Divya. The audience of the Super Divya stories is the cadre of the 760 simulation facilitators who have been trained during previous the team’s work in Bihar. In addition to creating the Super Divya modules, Dr. Cohen’s team will develop a curriculum for onboarding new nurses to facilities using simulation and team-training. Dr. Cohen and her team will also be exploring new ways to use simulation and team-training to fortify healthcare teams, and improve the respectfulness of care for mothers and babies.
Gwen Latendresse was awarded $345,096 from the Utah Department of Health to develop and implement a telehealth distance platform for the delivery of mental health services to childbearing women in rural and frontier Utah. All pregnant and postpartum women (up to 1 year after birth) receiving services at any of the collaborating public health clinics will be included in a universal screening program to detect depression during and after pregnancy. Women who screen “positive” for depression will be invited to participate in the telementalhealth program.
Michelle Litchman was awarded $130,000 from Abbott Diabetes Care. Currently, Hispanic Spanish-speaking individuals are not receiving culturally appropriate diabetes care. Lack of culturally appropriate care can impact several areas diabetes management, including healthy eating, being physically active, and taking medications. This study will evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of flash glucose monitoring use in conjunction with an online peer support intervention among Hispanic, Spanish speaking individuals with type 2 diabetes. This study will also explore how and if online peers support healthy behavior changes with regards to diet, exercise, and taking medications. This research is supported by a grant from ADC Laboratories.
PRESENTATIONS / PUBLICATIONS:
Kathie Supiano presented a TED talk on “Training Clinicians to Care for those Bereaved by Overdose Death” to Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (SAMHSA-Health and Human Services), and Utah Department of Human Services Stakeholders during the recent Assistant Secretary’s visit to Utah
Kimberly Garcia’s article “Senales de Peligo: Guatemalan Lay Midwives’ Perceptions of Responding to Obstetrical Complications” is currently in press in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
Rebecca Wilson will present on 21 Nov 2019 at the Collaborating Across Borders VII Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The title of Rebecca’s presentation is Design and Implementation of a Large-scale Video-driven Activity to Improve Interprofessional Team-Based Care. During the presentation, Rebecca will speak about how she and colleagues developed an authentic video-driven and interactive education activity for a range of interprofessional students to deliver a learning experience that is scalable and that efficiently utilizes available faculty and space resources.
Ann Butt and Dr. Jayne Josephsen from Boise State University were invited to present on October 24, 2019 at the 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, FL. The title of their workshop was “Instructional Tools for Cognition and Self-Regulated Learning.” The title of their symposium was “Engaging Students in Learning Through Cognition, Self-Regulation, and Deliberate Practice.”
Ana Sanchez Birkhead has been serving on the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Health Resources and Services Administration multi-disciplinary Women’s Preventive Services Initiative Steering Committee for the past three years. Recently, that team published the Well-Woman Chart, which summarizes current recommendations for preventative health services for women from adolescence and continuing across the lifespan. The Well-Woman Chart includes current clinical guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Bright futures from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Women’s Preventative Services Initiative that are covered with no cost-sharing for public and most private insurance plans under the prevention service mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The article can be found here:
Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Sep;134(3):465-469. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003368.
Women's Preventive Services Initiative's Well-Woman Chart: A Summary of Preventive Health Recommendations for Women.
Phipps MG1, Son S, Zahn C, OʼReilly N, Cantor A, Frost J, Gregory KD, Jones M, Kendig SM, Nelson HD, Pappas M, Qaseem A, Ramos D, Salganicoff A, Taylor G, Conry J; Womenʼs Preventive Services Initiative.
Collaborators: Batur P, Borchelt G, Burstein GR, Cannon O, Chelmow D, Collins M, Glover S, Hoffstetter S, Humphrey L, Kowalik J, Markland AD, McNeil M, Mitchell EP, Nutt RJ, Sanchez-Birkhead AC, Sayres Van Niel M, Stevermer J, Streilein A, Urrutia R, Zuckerman A.
In other news . . .
Jennifer Clifton was nominated to be the Vice Chair of the Juvenile Committee for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). This 3-year appointment has been accepted by the President of the NCCHC Board of Directors and is effective immediately.
Alex Hanson and Chase Roberts became Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) certified through the NCCHC.