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Smith joins Health Policy & Administration faculty
September 1, 2010

SPOKANE – The Department of Health Policy and Administration at WSU Spokane recently hired Gary Smith as a clinical associate professor. Employed by WSU since 2008, Smith is also appointed as a senior project associate with the Area Health Education Center, a unit within WSU Extension that promotes health and wellness for rural and underserved communities. His dual appointment was effective Aug. 16.


Smith brings more than 40 years of health care administration and management experience to the HPA program. A physical therapist by training, he began his career in health care administration as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in … » More …

New graduate student health care program announced
August 26, 2010



PULLMAN – Enrolling more, top-quality graduate students is critical if WSU is to fulfill its potential as one of our nation’s leading land-grant institutions, said WSU President Elson S. Floyd in his Perspectives column.


As part of that effort, university officials have been looking into providing health-care options for the spouses and partners of graduate students…


I am pleased to report that Health and Wellness Services, working with the Graduate School and the Attorney General’s office, has come up with the Graduate Student PASS Program. The program is a complement to existing graduate student health insurance and will … » More …

Health outreach program reaches 10-year milestone
July 27, 2010


SPOKANE – This year marks the 10th anniversary of Project H.O.P.E. (Health Occupations Preparation Experience), an annual summer internship program for high school students coordinated by Washington’s two Area Health Education Centers in partnership with the Washington State Office of Community and Rural Health.


Unfortunately, this is also the year the program saw its funding cut amid statewide budget upheaval, leaving the program’s future uncertain.


Initiated in 2001, Project H.O.P.E. was developed to encourage ethnically diverse students living in rural, underserved areas of the state to explore health careers. For the students, the … » More …

Learn about student’s involvement in philanthropic activities around the world
April 2, 2009

Students interning in the Education Abroad Office and Office of International Students and Scholars will be giving global philanthropy presentations on April 22 in CUE 202 at 4:00 p.m.


The event will showcase students’ involvement in one of three projects:
-Health Care in Peru
-Poverty Alleviation in Malawi
-Sustainable Communities through Education in Nigeria


Refreshments will be available from 4-4:15 p.m. The program will be from 4:15-5:30 p.m.
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“Team Care” submitted to Google Foundation
November 5, 2008

Connect health care professionals as members of a team, connect researchers in different disciplines to find answers to global problems, connect health IT information to people who can use it to improve patient care, and connect the health systems of the future in new ways, all with improved health as the outcome. That’s the concept submitted to a Google Foundation idea contest on behalf of WSU’s health sciences programs.


Through Project10tothe100th, the Google Foundation asked people to submit ideas to change the world for the better by helping as many people as possible. Organizations were not allowed to submit directly, so on behalf of … » More …

Fourth annual healthy fare to focus on wellness
October 1, 2008

SPOKANE —Students in WSU’s Exercise Physiology and Metabolism (ExMet) program in partnership with the Riverpoint Campus Wellness Collaborative will host the 4th Annual Healthy Fare from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the atrium of the Academic Center at 600 N Riverpoint Blvd.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of healthy activities including health screenings. ExMet and Nursing students will be offering a limited number of free cholesterol and blood glucose screenings on a first-come-first-served basis. In addition the students will also be offering the following health screenings free of charge: blood pressure, body mass index, waist … » More …

New approach to caring for underserved
January 25, 2008

SPOKANE – Following the recommendations of a panel comprised of academic and community experts, nurse practitioners at WSU will develop a clinical practice contract with one or more existing clinics in Spokane. This action will allow the nurse practitioners to continue to offer services within the community, but without the administrative responsibilities of operating a clinic.

Subsequently, the People’s Clinic will stop taking new patients at the end of February and will phase out its operation by May 15, 2008.

“A key recommendation of the committee was that the nurse practitioners should continue their legacy of clinical service in the Spokane community rather … » More …

Health benefit enrollment open
September 27, 2007

Open enrollment in WSU health-care plans for 2008 runs Oct. 1 through the end of November. This is the one time each year that employees can change health plans and/or enroll or drop dependants without prior approval.

Information will be mailed to employees during October about plan options, changes and adjusting coverage online.

Rates for 2008 reflect a reduction in growth from previous years, due to changes approved by the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB), said Gov. Christine Gregoire recently. The cost of providing health care to state employees for 2008 is projected to increase by 3 percent, down from 11 percent in … » More …

Rural Health Conference to be held in Spokane
February 7, 2007

SPOKANE – The Northwest Regional Rural Health Conference – incorporating Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska – is celebrating it’s 20th year. The Northwest’s largest conference on rural health will host more than 250 health care professionals on March 22 and 23 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane, Wash. “For 20 years, the Rural Health Conference has been the place to be for northwest rural health leaders and advocates to discuss issues, learn best practices and share success stories,” said Jeanette Weyrich, chair of the NW Regional Rural Health Conference. “This conference is essential to the ‘rurals’ who are a tight … » More …

High school students shadow health care pros
July 24, 2003

Instead of spending their summer making minimum wage because their parents made them get a job or sunning themselves during the dog days of summer, 27 Eastern Washington students are shadowing doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists through Project HOPE. The program is coordinated by the Area Health Education Center at Washington State University Spokane in partnership with the Office of Community and Rural Health.Project HOPE (Health Occupations Preparatory Experience) is an annual summer internship offered to high school students across Washington state. It is a competitive program for which students must apply early in the spring. This year more than 150 Washington high school students … » More …