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Indigenous-developed simulation space planned for WSU Spokane with Bank of America grant

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Washington State University Spokane’s Native American Health Sciences (NAHS) program will build what is believed to be the nation’s first indigenous-developed and instructed clinical simulation space at the Center for Native American Health on campus.

NAHS will construct 1,045 square feet of clinical space to include a patient exam simulation room, a hospital patient exam simulation room, a teaching and mediation room, and storage for the clinical simulation spaces and accompanying healing modalities.

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Spokane Public Library’s Bloomberg Terminal temporarily moved to sp3nw offices in U-District’s Ignite Building

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The Spokane Public Library and sp3nw, WSU Health Sciences Spokane’s early-stage life science business incubator, are pleased to announce that sp3nw will host the Spokane Public Library’s Bloomberg Terminal in the Ignite Building at 120 N. Pine St. until the reopening of the Spokane Public Library’s Central Library (reopening date anticipated to occur in spring, 2022).

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IREACH scientist Ka’imi Sinclair to be honored with WSU Faculty Excellence Award

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Ka'imi SinclairKa’imi Sinclair, PhD, associate professor in the Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) and WSU’s College of Nursing, has been announced as the 2020 – 21 recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement. The award celebrates WSU faculty who demonstrate their commitment to public service excellence through exceptional accomplishments that engage the broader public in transformative research and education.

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Center for Native American Health celebrates its soft opening

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At the tail end of 2020, our robust Native American Health Sciences program released its newsletter, Changing the Face of Health Care. Among the many wonderful stories was one on the then-under construction Center for Native American Health.

Now, as you can see in the video above, the Center is celebrating its soft opening. COVID-19 has prevented us from celebrating in person and hosting gatherings, but those will return in due time – and we can’t wait!

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Pharmacy’s Angie Stewart to lead interprofessional coalition in Yakima

Angie StewartWSU Health Sciences Spokane is pleased to announce that College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science’s Angie Stewart was selected as incoming executive director for the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative (YVIPEC).

Currently an associate dean for WSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program in Yakima and an associate professor in Pharmacotherapy, Stewart has been an integral part of the YVIPEC since its inception, serving on various committees and leadership positions. Her experience will help build on progress made over the past few years and lead to greater impacts as the Collaborative begins its next strategic plan.

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Glimmers of Hope During Native American Heritage Month

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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WSU Native American Health Sciences still able to deliver programs remotely, impacting the lives, minds, and hearts of many

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time for WSU Native American Health Sciences (NAHS) to share progress, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, specific to its continued quest to increase the number of Natives and indigenous peoples practicing in health care.

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WSU Spokane Information Technology team keeps the engine running as campus personnel go remote

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Photo taken pre-COVID

Things were mostly normal at WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) the week of March 19. Spring Break was right around the corner and plans were in place for various end-of-academic-year events, including commencement.

But then, as we all know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) unleashed itself on the globe and things changed dramatically.

Students pivoted to remote learning once they “returned” from Spring Break, and most on-campus personnel transitioned to working remotely.

For the Information Technology (IT) department, this was a quick, major shift. Fast forward seven months and students are still attending remote classes and most employees are still working from home.

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Ten WSU Spokane highlights since 2010

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A decade ago, Washington State University Spokane was a budding campus with a bright future. WSU’s Board of Regents solidified this on Sept. 3, 2010 by officially designating WSU Spokane as the university’s health sciences campus.

The designation was an obvious one—the College of Nursing was already a mainstay on campus, and WSU’s affiliation, in partnership with the University of Washington, with the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) Regional Medical Education Program, was two years old. The campus’ Sleep and Performance Research Center was conducting world-changing research, and the departments of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Speech and Hearing Sciences were already sending graduates into the workplace.

The Regents’ vote put in action a focused mission that is paying major dividends today. A lot has happened in the last 10 years, with WSU Health Sciences Spokane on a healthy path for the future. Let’s look at 10 major accomplishments of the past 10 years. Just like our post on 10 research highlights, this is not a ranking, but rather an overview of 10 notable achievements.

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10 Years of WSU Health Sciences: 10 research highlights since 2010

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By Judith Van Dongen

When the Washington State University Board of Regents designated WSU Spokane as the university’s official health sciences campus on Sept. 3, 2010, it paved the way for growth and transformation of health sciences education and research in Spokane.

Today, we’re sharing 10 research highlights from the past 10 years. This isn’t a ranking, but rather a showcase of the incredible, world-changing research on campus in the past decade.

To the highlights!

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