CWUNews FeedNews Feed CWU Master of Public Health Enhances Opportunities for Health Professionals, 10 Oct 2018 15:18:27<p>Central Washington University is now offering a new Master of Public Health (MPH) degree to help health professionals advance their careers</p><p>“The Master of Public Health is one of the most sought-after practical degrees in the health sector,” said Tishra Beeson, assistant professor, CWU Department of Health Sciences and graduate program director for public health. “Our program is unique because it focuses on helping students be a part of improving the health of the communities we serve right here in rural Washington. We focus on engaging students in meaningful collaboration with and among community members, in an effort to advance health equity and social justice wherever students choose to work.”</p><p>The two-year, 56-credit program is designed to serve place-and time-bound students with flexible course offerings including distance education, online, intensive, and hybrid classes. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to select from a variety of elective courses, allowing each student to customize their specialized area of interest – from maternal and child health, to environmental justice, to grant seeking and administration.</p><p>“This degree will open doors for students in a variety of settings, including local, state, and federal agencies, health care delivery systems, and private corporations,” Beeson continued. “Public health has connections to every person, place, and population.”</p><p>For more information about the Master of Public Health, visit</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Public Health Faculty Offices Move, 15 Aug 2018 14:05:26<p>Ellensburg-- Faculty in Public Health have made a move to central campus. With offices now located in Black Hall, Public Health faculty acipate greater contact with students and greater ability to interact and collaborate with other programs.</p><p>"Our program is growing. With new offices located more central to campus, we really anticipate greater ability to interact with students." said Dr. Melody Madlem, Public Health Professor. "Feel free to stop in or to make an appointment to see the new spaces."</p><p>The new offices for Public Health faculty can be found at:</p><p>Dr. Tishra Beeson-- Black 208-8</p><p>Dr. Jill Hoxmeier-- Black 208-10</p><p>Dr. Casey Mace-Firebaugh--Black 208-7</p><p>Dr. Melody Madlem-- Black 208-14</p><p>Dr. Rebecca Pearson-- Black 208-5</p>CWU professor featured in "Women's Health" article on healthy eating for specific workout plans, 02 Nov 2017 11:34:57<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 531px;"></p><p>When it comes to weight loss, a healthy diet reigns supreme. That said, adding in a regular dose of exercise can help nudge the scale closer toward your goal—as long as you’re fueling right.</p><p>Experts, including CWU's professor of nutrition and exercise science, Kelly Pritchett, outline exactly what (and how much) you should be eating according to your weight-loss workout of choice.</p><p><em><strong><a href="">See the full article here.</a></strong></em></p>Student Highlight: A Road Less Traveled, 20 Sep 2017 09:58:02<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 513px;"></p><p>Recently Clinical Physiology student Gabriel “Gabe” Dominguez completed his 10-week extensive clinical field experience at Casa Horizonte Orphanage near Ensenada, Mexico.&nbsp; Casa Horizonte serves as a home for abandoned and severely ill special needs children.&nbsp; Gabe spent the winter quarter working in the orphanage alongside a nurse and a small staff—all volunteers.</p><p><a href="/health-science/sites/" target="_blank">Read more</a> of this story.</p>CWU community garden puts down roots, 16 Jun 2017 07:55:21<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 267px;"></p><p>Central Washington University’s community garden is putting down roots.</p><p>After starting with limited resources in 2013, the garden now has steady funding and is offered as a for-credit class, said Central Washington University professor Rebecca Pearson. The project had received small grants and contributions in the past, but this year received word it would receive $12,000 a year in student services and activities funding for the next few years.</p><p>“We’re going to do some really cool stuff in the coming year,” she said.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU 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>