CWUNews FeedNews Feed Joins Collaborative to Educate More Regional Health Care Professionals, 06 Apr 2016 12:08:43<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 249px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University is teaming up with Yakima’s <a href="" target="_blank">Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU)</a> in forming the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Initiative</a> (YVIPEC). The goal is to produce new and additional collaborative approaches to regional healthcare while improving access to such care at the same time.</p><p>This comes in response to an increasing number of people seeking medical treatment under provisions of the federal <a href="" target="_blank">Affordable Care Act</a> (ACA). Implemented to increase access to and quality of healthcare, while improving patient satisfaction, and reducing overall costs, issues are now coming up pertaining to allotment of finite state- and local- healthcare resources.</p><p>“Interprofessional education is a team-based approach to health care,” explained Keith Monosky, a CWU professor of nutrition, exercise, and health sciences. “It’s particularly important in rural areas, which can struggle to attract health care professionals.”</p><p>Such training allows students from two, or more, health care areas to learn together during a portion of—or throughout—their professional training so that they may become familiar and accustomed to providing coordinated and comprehensive medical experiences. Monosky represents CWU, along with Ethan Bergman, associate dean of the<a href="" target="_blank"> College of Education and Professional Studies</a>, on the YVIPEC’s steering committee.</p><p>“Our focus is to create collaborative approaches to improve patient health outcomes through developing a program structure and function, such as curriculum and faculty development,” he said.</p><p>The results of a committee-produced white paper found that health care in medically underserved areas is often worsened by a scarcity of trained health care professionals. Patient factors—age, chronic illness, and socio-economic status—also contribute to health care challenges.</p><p>“Central’s involvement will help establish a more uniform delivery of healthcare in Washington State with a markedly improved access as well,” noted Monosky, who also serves on the National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Council and directs the university’s EMS paramedicine program.</p><p>Along with CWU and PNWU, the collaborative includes representatives from Heritage University, Washington State University, and Yakima Valley Community College.<br><br>“It’s rewarding that there is so much interest—and commitment—to this effort,” stated Monosky, who pointed out that the YVIPEC may be the first join venture involving more than one institution, as most of the nation’s interprofessional collaboratives are contained within a single college or university.&nbsp;</p><p>EMS <a href="" target="_blank">paramedicine</a> is one of several CWU-offered health care-related majors, which also include community, school, and public health; exercise science; food science and nutrition; pre-chiropractic; pre-dentistry; pre-medicine; pre-nursing; and pre-pharmacy. In addition, the university confers master’s degrees in health and physical education, and nutrition.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 6, 2016</p></br></br>Professor Talk: Teaching Nutrition, Dietetics, 19 Nov 2015 09:48:52<p><br><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 218px; height: 300px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Becoming a registered dietitian can lead someone into one of many different workplaces -- the hospital, the office or even the board room -- but few are as varied an environment as the university. Take <a href="">Kelly Pritchett</a> of Central Washington University as an example.</p><p>Read more of this article in <a href="">Professor Talk: Teaching Nutrition, Dietetics</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p>by Andrew Pentis</p></br></br>CWU Professor Says Rethink Your Drinks and Hydrate Right This Summer, 22 Jul 2014 09:32:00<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 228px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">With summer officially here and temperatures rising, athletes, weekend warriors, and those just enjoying the sun need to keep in mind the importance of hydrating to stay healthy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“With warmer temperatures and increased outdoor activities, it’s important that people are drinking the fluids they need,” said CWU nutrition professor Kelly Pritchett, a dietitian nutritionist. “With an almost endless variety of beverages to choose from, people need to make smart choices when it comes to hydrating and keeping calories in check.”</p><p>Pritchett points out that studies suggest calorie intake from beverages has more than doubled since the 1960s, primarily due to an increased consumption of soft drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened tea.</p><p>“The research suggests that people don't balance out their extra liquid calories by eating less food or by increasing physical activity,” Pritchett added. “Over the long run, these additional calories from beverages can lead to energy imbalance and weight gain.”</p><p>To maintain hydration and energy balance, Pritchett suggests drinking water first, limiting soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks, adding daily milk and or milk substitutes, and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol—which can actually dehydrate the body.</p><p>“It’s important to remember that not all beverages should be treated the same,” Pritchett said. “Women should limit themselves to one alcoholic drink per day, while men should limit consumption to two drinks per day.”</p><p>Pritchett is also a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, which is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. The academy’s website is</p><p>Media Contact: Robert Lowery, Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,<br>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Brown Bag Not Better According to National School Lunch Study, 26 Feb 2014 13:57:06<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 126px; height: 127px;"></p><p>With more than 31 million children eating National School Lunch Program lunches daily, researchers questioned if they were as good, better, or worse than lunches brought from home. According to a recent study, school lunches are significantly better—they have a higher nutrient value and are lower in saturated fats and calories.</p><p>“We’re concerned about nutrition in school-age children because it has such long-range effects on academic success and physical health,” said Ethan Bergman, Immediate Past President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and nutrition sciences chair and professor at Central Washington University.</p><p>Under the auspices of the National Food Service Management Institute, Bergman devised a study that compared the quality of student lunches at four different Washington schools that had earned a HealthierUS Schools Challenge award. The study looked at more than 1,000 lunches from 560 students.</p><p>To accurately and efficiently estimate nutrients, CWU computer science students created a custom, computer database management program. A photo of each lunch was created both before and after the lunch was consumed, and the lunches were coded with a student identification number and a tray identification number. Students who brought lunches from home placed items of their lunch on a tray to be photographed.</p><p>The study found that school lunches provided more fresh fruit and vegetables, and children were more likely to drink milk when eating a school lunch.</p><p>“There were more processed foods in the lunches brought from home,” Bergman reported. “There was also less variety throughout the week.”</p><p>Bergman’s research also looked at socioeconomic status and other demographics. Although in all cases, lunches from home were substandard to school lunches, lunches brought from home in the schools that reflected a lower socioeconomic level were substantially less healthful.</p><p>“It really makes sense for students whose families have fewer resources to participate in the school lunch program,” he said. “The lunches are very inexpensive, or even free, depending on the family’s circumstances.”</p><p>Bergman would like to expand the study and evaluate school lunches on a national scale.</p><p>"We are seeking to improve the health of school-aged students through food and nutrition,” he said. “The data from the current study shows that the National School Lunch Program is doing a good job of optimizing the health of students. We need to conduct this same study using a nationally based sample of the student population."</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Alumnus: "Hard Work and Dedication Can Get Me Where I Want to Go, 20 Nov 2013 13:10:28<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>"I struck up a conversation recently with a tall, young man wearing a Central Washington University sweatshirt, called Central Washington State College when I graduated there in 1966. I called out, “Go Wildcats!” to him to break the ice and find out if we were both Central alums.</p><p>And an amazing story unfolded. A story about an immigrant’s son, and how our schools and communities are doing to prepare and help our sons and daughters to become full-blown, successful Americans.</p><p>Daniel Lee Zavala graduated from CWU in the winter of 2012 with a BS in clinical physiology, and two minors. His minor in Spanish was earned during a three-month independent study in Guadalajara. His minor in athletic training began with CWU classes, and ended with a 400-hour internship shadowing Chelan High School football coach Darren Talley from June to November last year."</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Wenatchee World</a>.</p>People Magazine Selects CWU Allied Health Alumna for Teacher of the Year Nominee, 26 Aug 2013 11:21:55<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Diedre Young, who earned two bachelor’s degrees from Central Washington University, has been selected as a nominee for People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year. Young has advanced to Round 2 of the competition, in which the public will determine the winner of Readers’ Choice People Teacher of the Year Award. People may vote online at Voting ends September 5, 2013, and the winner will be named in a later issue of the magazine.</p><p>Young is the 9-12 grade science department head for Ridgway Christian School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one of the most violent cities in the nation.</p><p>Young admits that it was a bit of an adjustment when she came to live in Pine Bluff, a move decided by her husband’s promotion. “The culture was just so different,” she explained. “Plus the poverty and the ever-present violence in the area—I needed to find some way for my students to overcome that.”</p><p>Her innovative approach to teaching science has made even the most reluctant student an enthusiastic participant. She does an astronomy night with telescopes and a lecture by her son, who is an astrophysicist. She also puts on a CSI night, where students from all different grades get involved in solving the “crime.” Her classes regularly go on field trips to area zoos, caverns, and museums.&nbsp;</p><p>"I ask myself daily, 'Did I guide a student in a positive direction today?'" said Young. "Students who struggled are now considering college."</p><p>According to People, “Young works with virtually no budget yet in seven years, has created two science labs (paid for by grants and donations), a robotics team, and helped three students win spots to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. This year alone 23 of her 36 science fair entrants participated at the state level with eight placing. This year two seniors in Young's class earned $1.2 million in scholarships. Young also has adapted her lessons for kids with special needs, with behavioral issues—and for those who simply come in saying they don't like science. She wins them over with critters to study in the classroom, a weather blog maintained jointly with a German school, and an astronomy night that parents attend too.”</p><p>Young, who graduated from East Valley High School in 1977, received her bachelor’s degrees from CWU in 1982 (Allied Health) and 1985 (Biology). In addition to her allied health degree, she also earned a certificate in medical technology.</p><p>“I actually started out at the University of Washington and transferred to Central,” she related. “It was absolutely the best thing I did. It’s small enough so I didn’t feel like I was just a number, but large enough to have really great programs. It’s a great school and I’m thrilled I graduated from CWU.”</p><br><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU Clinical Physiology Grad Triumphs Over Blindness, 06 Jun 2013 14:44:38<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; "></p><p>Madeline Rannow from Kennewick will walk, accompanied by her guide dog Rudy, onto the stage at the June 8 afternoon Central Washington University Commencement ceremony to receive her diploma for her clinical physiology degree. Despite the challenge of being almost totally blind, Maddy completed the rigorous degree program, which required courses in chemistry, biology, gross anatomy, physiology, clinical populations, and psychology, in just four years. Her proud parents from Kennewick will share her joy from the stands.</p><p>Maddy was not always blind—she had normal vision until the age of six when a rapidly growing tumor in her brain was detected. The tumor, located in that region of the brain right behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes where the two optic nerves from each retina cross (optic chiasma), encased the optic fibers as they passed to deep brain regions associated with vision. Removal of the tumor resulted in destruction of practically all the optic fibers, leaving her with just a tiny percentage of vision.</p><p>This same region also contains the pituitary gland, which controls many hormone functions, including growth, stress,&nbsp; fluid regulation, and several other critical factors. The pituitary was also irreparably damaged in the tumor removal. Her development through maturation and physiological control was, and remains today, a function of a multitude of hormone replacements taken on a daily basis.</p><p>Despite the challenges, Maddy successfully completed high school, and pursued her physiology degree at CWU. When she started college, she didn’t have Rudy. She wanted to maximally utilize the little vision she had and not let the challenges disrupt her goal to become a rehabilitative therapist.&nbsp; She persevered without a guide dog until her junior year. When she collided heavily with a metal-framed glass hallway door, she realized a service dog could help her navigate campus more safely.</p><p>Maddy’s capstone component of clinical physiology was a 400-hour internship during which she obtained invaluable experiences in occupational therapy settings, cementing her thoughts about the rehabilitative profession as her career goal. Preceptors indicated they learned as much from her as she learned from them.</p><p>The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences and the faculty of the Clinical Physiology program are most proud to recognize Madeline Rannow for her accomplishments and her dedication and perseverance to her education.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,;<br>Photo courtesy Guide Dogs for the Blind</p></br>CWU's Ethan Bergman Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell March 19, 19 Mar 2013 08:23:33<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Ethan Bergman, CWU associate dean of professional studies, and professor of dietetics and sports nutrition, rang the NASDAQ opening bell March 19. He did so as president of&nbsp; the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in celebration of National Nutrition Month.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Bergman was also one of the Olympic Torch runners in last year's London Olympics.</p><p>Article and photo courtesy of NASDAQ Marketsite</p>CWU's Paramedicine Program 2012 Annual Report Praised, 06 Mar 2013 15:12:43<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Central Washington University's Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedicine Program had its annual report accepted with high praise from its national regulatory agency, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).</p><p>According to the review, “The CoAEMSP is pleased to inform you that your report was received and was found to be consistent with the Committee’s expectations at this stage. Program faculty are to be commended for their efforts. All outcomes thresholds were met.”</p><p>As of January 1, 2013, all paramedic education programs in the United States are required to become accredited.&nbsp; In addition, all accredited paramedicine programs are required to submit an Annual Report that includes program information, results of the specific outcomes assessments, and the program’s analyses and action plans to address any sub-threshold results in those outcomes.</p><p>"We've worked hard to create a superior program and we are beginning to become recognized nationwide for our efforts" said Keith Monosky, director of the paramedicine program.</p><p>CWU's EMS-Paramedicine Program has been training individuals in prehospital emergency medical care since 1973 and is one of only a few baccalaureate degree-awarding paramedic programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).&nbsp; It was also one of the first programs to be accredited by CAAHEP.</p><p>The EMS-Paramedicine Program provides comprehensive education in paramedicine with an unparalleled depth and breadth of scope. It boasts a five-year 96 percent pass-rate on the National Registry Exam for Paramedics, with nearly 90 percent passing on their first attempt. In addition, virtually all CWU graduates get placement into their chosen profession.</p><br><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>March 6, 2013</p></br>CWU’s Paramedicine Program Launches Paramedic’s Career in the Other Washington, 30 Jan 2013 12:56:20<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px; "></p><p>January 30, 2013</p><p>&nbsp;</p><br><p>“We are beginning to re-think, from the ground up, how emergency medical services [EMS] operate and are ultimately reimbursed for their services. This project alone has the potential to transform EMS as we know it,” said Dana Pirolo, a recent graduate of Central Washington University’s bachelor of science in paramedicine degree program. “To be a part of something so groundbreaking is the career experience of a lifetime.”</p><p>Last fall, Pirolo was selected competitively to intern with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in Washington, DC. He worked closely with Gregg Margolis, director of ASPR’s Division of Health Systems and Health Care Policy. Pirolo credits landing the prestigious internship directly to his enrollment in the CWU paramedicine program and to director Keith Monosky’s prodigious reputation in the field.</p><p>A graduate of Governor John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Pirolo started in EMS initially as a volunteer firefighter. He then went on to Bates Technical College to pursue an associate’s degree in fire science while working for Riverside Fire and Rescue in Puyallup.</p><p>“I worked as an EMT [emergency medical technician], running 911 calls—I loved doing that kind of work, particularly in being able to participate in hands-on medical interventions,” he said. “But I knew I needed more education. I looked around and CWU was one of only a few in the nation that offered a bachelor’s degree in paramedicine.”</p><p>Pirolo’s enthusiasm for the paramedicine program and his intense intellectual drive gained the attention of Margolis, who was presenting an online guest lecture during a web conference.</p><p>“I was really impressed by Dana’s interest and insight during my online lecture and encouraged him to consider applying for an internship,” Margolis said. “During the selection process, it was clear that he had a strong academic foundation and keen analytical mind. We are really glad that Dana joined our team and he really provided an important field perspective during our policy work.”&nbsp;</p><p>“I would like to thank Professor Monosky for his assistance in making the internship possible,” Pirolo added. “I can say without any question that I would not be where I am or have made the progress I have without his guidance, and for that I am truly grateful.</p><p>“Throughout my time at ASPR, I was tasked with several assignments that my education at Central directly prepared me for. Every aspect of material that I studied during the course of my major prepared me for the high-caliber projects that I was fortunate to be a part of.”</p><p>Pirolo was included in projects related to the meningitis outbreak and the Hurricane Sandy response. Pirolo discovered that he could not have picked a better time to be a part of the ASPR team in Washington, DC.</p><p>“In a disaster, the community responds with the systems and the resources that are in place at the time, so those systems and resources have to be prepared on a day-to-day basis to handle all kinds of disasters. The question is how to ensure that those systems and resources are ready,” Pirolo explained. “The real-time experience of being part of discussions and the generation of solutions to major problems as they presented has been phenomenal.</p><p>“I could not have asked for a better opportunity to learn. Not only have I been contributing to many great projects but I have also had the opportunity to meet many extraordinary people along the way, including HHS [Health and Human Services] and ASPR leaders.”</p><p>Pirolo will continue his studies in a master’s degree program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as instructing EMTs as an adjunct faculty member there. He also seeks to finish the aviation studies program he started at CWU; one of his long-term goals is to serve as a flight paramedic and provide medical air transport. Pirolo continues to work with ASPR supporting the development of policies on the broader integration and promotion of EMS in the healthcare system, and exploring options for funding those services.</p><p>“We need to work to better integrate EMS as a healthcare service into the broader healthcare system,” said Pirolo. “Similar to other clinical providers, EMS also needs to evolve to ensure it is delivering quality, efficient, and cost-effective care to all those it serves daily.”&nbsp;</p><p>Throughout all of this, Pirolo continues his “boots-on-the-ground,” hands-on work with patients by serving as a paramedic in Washington, DC.</p><p>“It’s one thing I won’t give up,” he said. “It’s part of who I am.”</p><p>For more information about CWU’s Paramedicine program, visit</p><p>To learn more about ASPR and its work in emergency care, visit</p></br>