CWUNews FeedNews Feedhttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/newsen-usCWU Public Health Students, Alumni Help Combat COVID-19https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2612Mon, 13 Apr 2020 08:25:22<p><img alt="2020 Best Online Colleges for Value, Bachelor's - Public Health seal, Guide to Online Schools" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/bachelors-public-health%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 35%;" />CWU students studying public health are finding their skills are more in-demand than ever before as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our current students are now being hired by public health departments,&rdquo; said <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/casey-mace-assistant-professor" target="_blank">Casey Mace Firebaugh</a>, CWU&rsquo;s public health program online coordinator. &ldquo;So, they&rsquo;re finishing their classes online while they&rsquo;re working on the front lines.&rdquo;</p> <p>CWU&rsquo;s online Bachelor of Science in Public Health program was launched in 2016, with its first graduates receiving their degrees just last June. Only 90 students are admitted each year into the CWU undergraduate public health program, which was recently ranked No. 4 in the nation for value in 2020 by the e-publication <em><a href="http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/public-health" target="_blank">Guide to Online Schools.</a></em></p> <p>&ldquo;Virtually every person is seeing how critical public health must be if we want to have functioning communities; this is a very real opportunity to elevate the role of public health in society,&rdquo; noted <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/tishra-beeson-drph-mph" target="_blank">Tishra Beeson</a>, program coordinator for CWU&#39;s Master of Public Health program. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s also an extraordinary time to be studying public health and applying the principles that we know improve the health of populations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Generally speaking, public health involves safeguarding and improving overall community health through education, public policy development, and research into injury or disease prevention.</p> <p>The current public health students and recent alumni are involved in tasks such as data gathering and analysis, communications, health promotion, infectious disease contact tracing and surveillance, nutrition distribution, policy development, and other essential functions.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re prepared for the field after taking courses on subjects from public health communication to epidemiology, and from cross-cultural public health practices to the history of pandemics, among many others.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> CWU Helps Fill Critical Paramedic Need in Western and Eastern Washingtonhttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2611Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:41:56<p><img alt="CWU EMS Paramedicine Program students training in Ellensburg" src="https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/Paramedic.jpeg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 40%;" />Through 2028, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 7-percent job growth in emergency medical services (EMS) and paramedicine, which is above the average for all occupations. In Washington alone, the need for paramedics is becoming critical.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is a huge shortage of paramedics in Washington State and departments are having less applicants than positions available,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/health-science/paramedicine-faculty" target="_blank">Dr. Doug Presta</a>, Central Washington University&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/health-science/paramedicine" target="_blank">EMS Paramedicine Program</a> director.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since 1973, CWU has trained leading industry professionals in Ellensburg. To help address the burgeoning need, this quarter the university began doing likewise for students at <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/lynnwood/" target="_blank">CWU-Lynnwood</a> and Spokane Community College. The 14 students in Lynnwood and 17 in Spokane take online lectures and then participate in required labs hosted on the Edmonds Community College or Spokane Community College campus. It is the only program of its kind in Washington and there are just two comparable ones offered across the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;It meets the needs of our working EMTs who can&rsquo;t attend a traditional paramedicine program while allowing them to still become a great street medic,&rdquo; Presta stated. The certificate program takes three quarters to complete. Graduates will be qualified to take the rigorous exam for the National Registry&rsquo;s National EMS Certification at the Paramedic level. Better than 95 percent of CWU alumni earn certification. Nearly nine out of 10 pass the test on his or her first attempt.</p> <p>The CWU program has an established history of requiring students to meet high academic standards and skill requirements that often exceed established state and national benchmarks. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and boasts a nearly a 100-percent job placement rate.</p> <p>Presta has served previously as a paramedic and firefighter, director of both Vocational Education at Inland Northwest Health Services, and the Paramedic Program at St Luke&rsquo;s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane; and a sports medicine physician and surgeon in Renton.</p> <p><strong>Photo:</strong> CWU EMS Paramedicine Program students training in Ellensburg.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> New CWU Master of Public Health Enhances Opportunities for Health Professionalshttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2601Wed, 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 www.cwu.edu/health-science/public-health.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Public Health Faculty Offices Movehttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2599Wed, 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 planshttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2593Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:34:57<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/images/15250-a-young-woman-stretching-outdoors-before-exercising-pv.jpg" 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="https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-meal-plan">See the full article here.</a></strong></em></p>Student Highlight: A Road Less Traveledhttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2589Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:58:02<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/Gabe.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/CWU_Connections_2017_Gabe.pdf" target="_blank">Read more</a> of this story.</p>CWU community garden puts down rootshttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2588Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:55:21<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/images/CWU%20com%20garden%20DR.jpg" 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="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/cwu-community-garden-puts-down-roots/article_948fb178-627c-51cb-8951-70693b24952c.html" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Joins Collaborative to Educate More Regional Health Care Professionalshttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2562Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:08:43<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/YVIPEC%20logo.jpg" 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="http://www.pnwu.edu/" target="_blank">Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU)</a> in forming the <a href="http://www.pnwu.edu/news/interprofessional-education/" 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="https://www.medicaid.gov/affordablecareact/affordable-care-act.html" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/education-professional-studies/" 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="https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/paramedicine" 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, loweryr@cwu.edu.</p><p>April 6, 2016</p></br></br>Professor Talk: Teaching Nutrition, Dieteticshttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2560Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:48:52<p><br><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/Kelly%20Pritchett-web.jpg" 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="http://www.valuepenguin.com/professor-talk-teaching-nutrition-dietetics">Kelly Pritchett</a> of Central Washington University as an example.</p><p>Read more of this article in <a href="http://www.valuepenguin.com/professor-talk-teaching-nutrition-dietetics#.VkuxU0YlcUQ.twitter">Professor Talk: Teaching Nutrition, Dietetics</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p>by Andrew Pentis valuepenguin.com</p></br></br>CWU Professor Says Rethink Your Drinks and Hydrate Right This Summerhttps://www.cwu.edu/health-science/node/2554Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:32:00<p><img alt="" src="/health-science/sites/cts.cwu.edu.health-science/files/images/water.JPG" 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 www.eatright.org.</p><p>Media Contact: Robert Lowery, Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>