Idaho State University

Wednesday, July 18, 2018



The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho (BIAID) is asking for your help during the month of June! The goal is to donate 1,000 new bicycle helmets and $5,000 to the BIADID to help promote education and prevent brain injuries.

Caffee Capri at Columbia Marketplace
2242 E Gowen Rd, Boise, ID 83716
(208) 338-3007

Eastside Cycles at Bown Crossing
3072 S Bown Way, Boise, ID 83706
(208) 344-3005


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Research Day


On April 13th, Idaho State University's Division of Health Sciences held the 2016 Research Day "Building the Scholarship of Practice" at both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses. The Institute of Rural Health's TBI Program took part in this event to promote education and awareness of TBI. Please click on the following link to access the program for 2016 Research Day.

Research Day Program.

Kelli Shoaf, a graduate research assistant for the IRH and student in the Department of Counseling presented "Native American Populations and Traumatic Brain Injury: Integrating Cultural Competency into Counseling and Healthcare". Please click on the following link to access the presentation:

Two posters representing the TBI Program were presented: "Community Health Screening Follow up on Traumatic Brain Injury" authored by Robert DeVore, Russell Spearman, and Lynn Bohecker and "A Holistic Wellness Model: Counseling Native American Clients Experiencing the Emotional Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury" authored by Kelli Shoaf and Russell Spearman.


TBI Screenings at 2016 ISU Health Fair in Pocatello


On March 17th and 18th, 37 individuals were screened for TBI at the 2016 Idaho State University Health Fair in Pocatello. It is a great assistance to the TBI Program to have the Department of Counseling participate in helping us in our endeavors. In this way, we have been able to offer our TBI screenings to the Pocatello community and have been provided the opportunity to expand inter-professional training as well.  






With approval from the State Board of Education, Governor Otter announced a new public-private partnership to create Idaho’s first four-year medical school at Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine at Idaho State University will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity located at ISU’s Health Science Center in Meridian. The school will be independent of ISU, but ISU will have representation on the school’s board of trustees. The ICOM will undergo an accreditation process through the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and classes are expected to begin in August 2018.

As part of the collaboration and affiliation agreement with ISU, the ICOM has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center.  Construction of a roughly 80,000-square-foot, $32 million building to house the medical school will begin by or in February 2017.  ICOM also will pay ISU for medical school students to use shared campus space or services.  In addition, the ICOM will provide for sharing medical school space and service with ISU students.  The agreement provides for joint appointments and shared faculty and joint research between ISU and the ICOM.

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Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL) is Currently Spot- lighting Traumatic Brain Injury


Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. is a trusted source for information, resources, and supports when navigating complex systems in raising a child with a disability or special health care need in Idaho.

To find out more, please visit IPUL Idaho.







This one-hour information session will discuss causes of TBI and assist in increasing access for parents of children with a TBI to screening and coordinated comprehensive care within a medical home. Parents will have a thorough understanding of the services needed to advocate on behalf of their children with TBI to navigate systems and partner with professionals more effectively. Parents may also identify where support groups may be created throughout the state.

WORKSHOPS ARE FREE - To RSVP and for more information contact: or (208) 342-5884 or 1-800-IPUL (4785) 





Traumatic Brain Injury Screenings Conducted at 20th Annual Homeless Stand Down in Pocatello


The Institute of Rural Health’s TBI Program conducted screenings for the first time at the 20th Annual Homeless Stand Down at Idaho State University in Pocatello on October 24th. More than 30 non-profit organizations hosted the event and over 300 volunteers helped make it possible for over 150 individuals.  One faculty member and nine students from the Counseling Department at ISU were trained prior to the event and administered TBI screenings to approximately 25 percent of attendees. We want to extend our gratitude to the counseling department for helping us successfully expand our TBI awareness efforts.

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