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Grant will allow WSU Spokane to help area neighborhoods

University District Health Clinic

University District Health Clinic

Students working and learning at the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic – opening in summer of 2016 – will work with local neighborhoods. 

Health impacts due to poor living conditions can have lasting consequences, and children especially shouldn’t have to suffer.

A $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund will help WSU Spokane identify and reduce health risks in the homes of area residents.

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Health Sciences Programs Reach Across Washington

WSU Spokane health sciences students

WSU Spokane health sciences students

In our pursuit of a medical school headquartered in Spokane, we’ve talked about how the community-based model will send third- and fourth-year WSU medical students to locations across the state. It is a model that will introduce medical students to communities that are in need of physicians.

This won’t be entirely new territory for us, as some of our other health sciences programs already reach across Washington, offering students in other communities the chance to study close to home.

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Nursing Students Gain Experience Treating Mental Illness and the Homeless

WSU Nursing Students

WSU Nursing Students

L-R: Danica Parkin, WSU College of Nursing Instructor, and nursing students Amanda-Myers-Nijmeh, Crystal Johnson and Sonia Kaur participated in the Homeless Connect event at the Salvation Army.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Alli Benjamin and Kevin Dudley

The National Alliance on Mental Health estimates nearly 19 percent of adults experience mental illness in a given year. Between 26 and 46 percent of homeless adults live with mental illness.

Treating those individuals requires a certain kind of care.

The WSU College of Nursing includes several fields in nursing, from Bachelor of Science nurses who provide basic health care to nurse practitioners who have a master’s or doctorate. Both levels and in between are working with the homeless.

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College of Nursing Part of White House Discussion on Climate Change and Public Health

Patricia Butterfield WSU Spokane

Patricia Butterfield WSU Spokane

On her first day as the retired Dean of the WSU College of Nursing, Patricia Butterfield received an invitation from the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on climate change and public health.

Under Butterfield’s leadership, the College of Nursing has had a focus on environmental health.

“As a public health nurse, I am pleased to see that the discussion around climate change has been connected to public health, and that our government recognizes the importance of this,” she said in a WSU news release. “If we aren’t taking care of the environment, we are not taking care of ourselves.”

The roundtable discussion took place last week in Washington D.C.

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Washington Legislature Celebrates State’s Branch Campuses

Lisa with Jay Inslee

Lisa with Jay Inslee

Governor Jay Inslee and Washington lawmakers recognized the branch campuses of Washington State University and the University of Washington this week with a proclamation celebrating the two schools.

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WSU Spokane Nursing Student to Bike Across America

Allison Perrine is a nursing student at the WSU College of Nursing here in Spokane. On May 31, she plans to begin a journey to raise awareness and funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Perrine will bike across America in honor of her mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2011. The WSU College of Nursing wrote about Perrine recently, and KXLY featured her story last night (video is above).

Kudos to Perrine for honoring her mother and all who have been touched by cancer in one way or another.

You can donate to Perrine’s cause here.