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WSU Spokane is your prescription for healthy living: land grant mission in action, improving everyday lives

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Welcome to the eighth entry in our series that extends information about Washington State University’s land grant mission and demonstrates how our university is increasing knowledge, providing research, and making a difference for our state. This week, we highlight WSU Spokane, home of the health science campus that trains and educates the next generation of health professionals and conducts research that builds a healthier community and stronger economy. We ask you to take five minutes and using the tools found on our website, share this information with your legislators. The importance of the health sciences to our state is immense, but also vital to every human being. As individuals, we strive to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy and feeling good to lead  quality lives. WSU Spokane and the health science campus play key roles in the prescription for success.

Other stories in the series:
WSU. Land grant mission in action, improving everyday lives
WSU Vancouver MAP program
WSU Vancouver Hospitality Business Management Program
WSU Global Campus 
WSU Biofuels Research
WSU Research, Centers, Schools, and programs that bring it all home, to your home
WSU Smart Grid technology and research in sustainable energy production

Healing and healthy living is what health care is all about.

Humans and diseases go hand in hand, and have been since the beginning of times. In earlier civilizations, curing of ailments was left to nature itself. As a result, human life was short-lived and often painful.

Today is different. Most common diseases are curable, and, in addition, health care professionals are helping us understand how a healthy lifestyle can prevent or mitigate illness. Further, advances in technology and research result in healthier bodies and minds leading to longer and higher quality life spans.nursing 5

Washington State University, with its land-grant mission, is dedicated to serving the health of individuals and communities, relying on the three pillars of the land grant ethos: research, education, and outreach.

From helping communities develop capacity to provide health services for their residents, to the teaching and training of health care professionals, to providing continuing professional education, to global research on animal borne diseases, WSU is uniquely positioned to work with collaborators in building a healthier Washington, nation, and world.

Washington State University Spokane is the university’s health sciences campus. Located in the Spokane University District, the campus is delivering research and knowledge to address today’s health care challenges. The need for qualified professionals is growing and predicted to do so over the next twenty years.

Click on the map to learn the effect that Spokane's academic health sciences center has on Washington's economy.

Click on the map to learn the effect that Spokane’s academic health sciences center has on Washington’s economy.

Education and research efforts of WSU Spokane are not only providing much-needed graduates for the workforce, but expanding research infrastructure, and fueling innovation in the growing regional biomedical and biotechnology industry.  The teaching programs include nursing, pharmacy, speech and hearing sciences, nutrition, exercise physiology, and health care administration. At full maturity, the campus will help create an estimated 9000 jobs and have a $1.6 billion  economic impact in eastern Washington.

The education and training of health care professionals is a team sport in Washington. WSU and the University of Washington work together to train medical students. Eastern Washington University prepares people for dental and dental hygiene careers, as does the UW. The UW also teaches students to be physician assistants.

WSU Spokane is committed to a collaborative care model that encourages students from different disciplines and institutions to practice skills together, as they will do in the operatory, clinic, office, or workplace as health care professionals.

Exciting news from WSU Spokane 

Medical Student Education expansion: this fall, WSU Spokane welcomed its first class of second-year medical students in the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) program. These students are participants in a two-year pilot project that will test small-group, case-based curriculum. Fifteen of the 19 started their medical education in Spokane and chose to stay, rather than go to Seattle for the traditional second-year program. Two are from the WWAMI program in Pullman, and two are from Montana.

The second-year curriculum in Spokane offers the same courses as taught in Seattle, but in a small group format. The courses are led by practicing clinicians called Clinical Guides. The Guides teach in the small groups using case studies and active learning modalities. This September, WSU and the UW jointly announced plans to further expand medical student training at WSU Spokane.

WSU-EXTERIOR_966x668Health Sciences Collaboration: also this fall, WSU Spokane is now home to both the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy. The new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science Building will open to the students in January 2014 and will house the expansion of education and research activities for the College of Pharmacy and the medical education program.

WSU College of Nursing secures grant with individual and community benefits: last month, the WSU College of Nursing announced a $1.3 million federal grant to teach people with multiple chronic health issues how to better manage their conditions. The research will assess whether the care team’s interventions lead to better health for  people with chronic illnesses, like diabetes and hypertension.  Of particular interest is whether patients become more actively involved in their own care and use hospital emergency rooms less frequently.  The hope is that patients will be motivated to take small incremental steps to better health. The goal is to bridge the gap between what happens in the doctor’s office and what happens when a person gets home.

 

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