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2017Annual Report

College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA


Colleagues and Friends of the College, I’m pleased to provide you with CHPBSuccess 2017 – an annual report detailing the important work we’ve done together to advance healthcare education over the past year. It highlights the introduction of new faculty and staff, recognizes those outstanding faculty who have achieved tenure and promotion, and tells the stories of the accomplishments the many fine faculty and staff that drive the ethos of the College have made with your help. It is with purpose that I acknowledge the College as a whole over the individual academic entities that comprise it, and I do so to emphasize the ethos of the College. Ethos is best described as the characteristic spirit of a culture or community, as manifested in its beliefs. Our College is a community of like-minded people committed to improving the lives of others through education of the next generation of healthcare professionals, service to the campus and community, and research that provides both discovery and validation to best practices in health and medicine. On a campus challenged by a host of factors, it is more important than ever to focus on our mission. To the meet needs in healthcare and research is a daunting and exciting task . As Dean, I depend on all of us to stay true to that mission and implore our friends and alumni to provide support for our efforts at whatever level they can. While some might interpret that strictly as giving fiscal support, it can also manifest through legislative action, reinforcing our mission on a local & regional level, or serving as a resource through expertise. The University of Montana is experiencing a time of challenge and change, but also one of opportunity. While we are stretched as a resident academic entity of the larger University, my unfailing advice to our community is to direct our energy to the mission and to embody the characteristics of our ethos – a can-do spirit, a positive character, maintenance of strong values, principles, standards and ethics that define compassionate care and groundbreaking research. I am so proud of this College and our efforts in challenging times. I invite you to read through this publication, share our story, and commit to advocacy. Best wishes for a fantastic year,

Reed Humphrey, PhD Dean & Professor Head, UM Health & Medicine

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Welcome to our new faculty! Hayley Blackburn, PharmD Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice Education: University of Montana, Pharmacy Erin Landguth, PhD Research Associate Professor, School of Public & Community Health Sciences Education: University of Montana, Mathematical & Computational Ecology Erin Semmens, PhD Assistant Professor, School of Public & Community Health Sciences Education: University of Washington, Epidemiology

Rich Willy, MPT, PhD Assistant Professor, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science Education: University of Delaware, Biomechanics & Movement Science

Promotions & Tenure Promotion to Associate Professor • Yoon Hee Cho, Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences • Laurie Walker, School of Social Work

1. Recruit students into the health professions 2. Execute the highest quality education for students 3. Create new programs to meet the needs of our population 4. Strengthen relationships with community partners 5. Facilitate robust research 6. Encourage interprofessional education

Core Values

Ashley Trautman, MSW, JD Assistant Professor, School of Social Work Education: University of Montana, Law

Promotion to Full Professor • Jim Caringi, School of Social Work • James Laskin, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science • Tony Ward, School of Public & Community Health Sciences

CHPBS Mission

Awarded Tenure • Philippe Diaz, Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences • Anita Santasier, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

1. Student success 2. Celebrating diversity 3. Interprofessional education 4. Research with an impact For more information about the College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, visit www.health.umt.edu. For more information about the University of Montana Health & Medicine (UMHM) initiative, visit www.umt.edu/umhm. Produced by the College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences Communications Working Group. Call 406.243.4341 or jennifer.geist@umontana.edu.edu for more information. Cover image of Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park courtesy of William Woodward, copyright 2015 www.wheretowillie.com

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RECRUITING STUDENTS INTO THE

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n November 2015, as the University began engaging the reality of declining enrollment, then President Royce Engstrom spoke to the campus community about both short-term and long-term enrollment management. The immediate need for new recruiting measures was clear, but so too were longterm programmatic changes to grow enrollment by focusing efforts on academic areas shown to meet the needs of our changing workforce landscape. Engstrom noted the first academic area intended for increased focused was Health Care and Human Development. Fortunately, Dean Reed Humphrey was already aware of the need of our College to step up in the recruitment of new students. While our professional programs in healthcare were and continue to do well by maximizing enrollment each year, our contributions to increasing the undergraduate student population was limited. Only two programs hosted in the College directly recruit undergraduates – pre-pharmacy and social work. Both of these programs were also doing well at the time of President Engstrom’s comments. Still Dean Humphrey saw an opportunity to improve the recruitment of students into the health and biomedical sciences. And thus was born an initiative spearheaded by the College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences: University of Montana Health & Medicine. Dean Humphrey recognized the presence of several healthcare related training programs on campus, but they were scattered among four different colleges at the University. Partnering with Dean Chris Comer of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Dean Roberta Evans of the College of Education & Human Sciences, and Dean Shannon O’Brien of the Missoula College, he set out to create a single portal that made it easier for prospective students to navigate among the academic offerings. Once compiled, we determined UM has more than 50 academic offerings with health related programming. The online portal detailing the academic programs is just one of many goals for UMHM. Since healthcare is practiced in teams, we want our students to learn as one. This fall, we launched the UMHM Community of Learners, promoting events and opportunities for students in all health related degrees. A meet and greet the first week of the semester kicked off more than ten events that took place this fall for our students. The UMHM mission is to advance the academic healthcare opportunities at UM and to enhance the quality of healthcare provided to Montanans. UMHM connects the academic programs and clinical expertise across the University of Montana with the medical community of Western Montana and the greater region. Keep an eye out for more from UMHM as we meet with our community healthcare leaders and determine our next steps in training the healthcare practitioners of tomorrow.

Expanding our diverse student population: Recruiting on the road

2016-2017 was busy for our Native American Center of Excellence (NACOE) in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Over the past twelve months, NACOE showcased the PharmD program, as well as other UMHM degrees, at over ten events including: the Blackfeet Community College Career Fair, Salish-Kootenai College Career Fair, Washington State University Health Expo, Browning High School Science Night, SKC’s Women for Wellness Fair, Arlee High School Health Class, Montana Science Fair, the national meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, and annual meeting of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

AHEC encourages K-12 students’ health education

“We’ve got to get them while their young” is a common mantra in our Western Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Indeed, one of AHEC’s primary goals is to encourage K-12 students to explore healthcare and health professions in Montana. Through our one-day REACH (Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare) fieldtrips, week-long MedStart camp, and work with the Montana HOSA Future Health Professionals, we connected with 794 students with hands on health profession education in 2016. AHEC also completed the Western Montana college fair circuit meeting with hundreds of students in Missoula, Kalispell, Polson and Hamilton last fall.

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ecent findings from the Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research highlights healthcare as one of the fastest growing fields in Montana. Indeed, during the next ten years, Montana will need more than 16,000 new healthcare workers to fill in behind those retiring and meet the needs of our growing population. While our College can help meet those needs by training future pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, public health practitioners and family medicine/primary care physicians, we are very aware that Montana is in dire need of other healthcare workers we don’t yet train. As such, we’re developing new training programs, and we’re starting with the field experiencing the greatest shortage Occupational Therapy. In early 2016, the Montana Office of Public Instruction approached our College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences to investigate the possibility of bringing and Occupational Therapy program to the University of Montana. A feasibility study facilitated by our Western Montana Area Health Education Center revealed what we expected: Montana has one of the lowest populations of Occupational Therapists in the nation, and the reason is three fold. First, the Montana University System does not offer an Occupational Therapy training program. Second, those Montanans who wish to pursue a degree in OT must relocate to attain this training, and often remain in the area of their clinical studies after completing their degree. Third, Montana faces challenges recruiting OTs to practice in the state, especially in the rural areas where the need is greatest. Our hope is that by developing an Occupational Therapy program at the University of Montana we might help mitigate this shortage. In a unique collaborative relationship with Montana State University-Billings, the MUS Board of Regents approved our intent to plan the program. Eventually, we will seek support from the Montana State Legislature. Your endorsement of this initiative will be extremely beneficial as we seek their support. With your voice, we know our position will be stronger. We thank all of the healthcare professionals and organizations in our state that support our students taking health related programming courses at UM. The willingness of our community to share expertise and resources with our students is greatly appreciated and vital to healthcare education in Montana.

New programs

The College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences established several new programs within the last year. In our School of Public & Community Health Sciences, we are most excited about our new PhD in Public Health and MPH dual degrees in conjunction with pharmacy and physical therapy. The School of Pharmacy established a dual PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, which students who enter the PharmD program can be awarded after only two years of Pre-Pharmacy coursework and the completion of their didactic coursework in the P1 & P2 years. Two new certificates programs were also unveiled through the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science – Rehabilitation Administration and Lifestyle Intervention Health - for students in all health curriculums, regardless of their degree program. On the docket for this year is an MPH/MSW dual degree in addition to the MS in Occupational Therapy.

Filling the healthcare gap

The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana is doing their part to promote access to healthcare in rural areas. With a mission to train family practice physicians for the rural and underserved populations in Montana, we are excited to announce that of the physician residents that graduate from the program, more than half of each class goes on to practice at rural access sites. We are thrilled that the program is having an impact on the state’s and region’s shortage of primary care doctors in rural communities.

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STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS WITH

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ontana’s human service industry is one of the state’s largest employers. While these agencies serve to preserve public health in various capacities, units that work to prevent and address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) often face great need. These public, tribal, & private non-profit organizations serve at-risk children and families by providing services to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect; provide specialized foster care, mental health & educational services; offer short and long-term residential care; and provide housing, medical, & nutritional services. Our School of Social Work regularly partners with Montana’s health and human service agencies to inform best practices and identify ways to reduce healthcare and service costs associated with high-risk youth that also empower clients instilling dignity and respect in those at need. Ryan Tolleson Knee, Charlie Wellenstein, Kerrie Ghenie, & Leslie Clachrie are leaders with this work. This group of innovative UM School of Social Work based faculty & staff have collaborated with human service agencies serving children and families in crisis for more than 15 years. Their collective experience recognizes high levels of employee burnout as those hired to provide specialized social services are often without the knowledge or professional skills needed to effectively perform their responsibilities. This poses a huge challenge for employers whose funders expect the problems associated with abuse, neglect, suicide, delinquency, & drug dependence be prevented and the children & families impacted by these problems are effectively treated. Unfortunately, budget restrictions, high turnover rates, and limited training opportunities constrain the organizations’ capacities to prepare employees to perform this work and achieve positive outcomes. Ryan’s team sought to remedy this gap. In 2015, they set out to create the Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development. Approved by the MUS Board of Regents, the Center aims to improve the lives of at-risk children and youth and the parents, caregivers and professionals responsible for their treatment, education, and care. With the support of federal funding, they provide specialized training for employees in human services, education, mental health, juvenile justice, and healthcare to promote new knowledge and skills and ensure better outcomes for Montana’s children and families. Online training is accessible 24/7 and face-to-face training occurs across the state throughout the year. Central also to the Center’s mission is creating connections between agencies across the state to improve communication between urban, rural, and tribal communities to promote best practices and improved outcomes. Within the last two years, the Center developed seven toolkits for professionals containing various resources and materials on topics such as anxiety, depression, defiance, drugs & alcohol, social isolation, suicide, and self-injury. Additionally, nine toolkits are tailored for parents and caregivers expanding resources on anger, bullying and other issues related to at-risk families such as separation & divorce, domestic violence, or death of a loved one. In addition to conducting trainings, the Center advocates for the safety & protection, behavioral health, and educational needs of children and families with the Montana Legislature. They continue to be on the front line of research on youth suicide, work with the Missoula County Youth Crisis Diversion Project, help implement Parent Home Visiting Programs in our schools, and develop gatekeeper education programs for service workers to accurately identify, respond to and provide referrals to customers who are experiencing personal crises. To keep up with the Center, visit: www.health.umt.edu/ccfwd.

Local company partners with UM developing novel STEM educational methods With support from the NIH, State of Montana, Gillespie Foundation and Berkshire Hathaway Home Service, the Center for Environmenal Health Sciences collaborated with local company Meadowlark Science and Education, LLC® to develop and evaluate immersive STEM-based digital games for 5th-8th grade students teaching environmental health concepts in an interactive way. Used in several classrooms across Montana, the standards-based games ask students to explore real-world environmental issues such as carbon monoxide and asthma through scientific inquiry in a dynamic format based on how scientists work in the field. Students learn how to address the environmental issues discovered during game play. Upcoming games will look at the health effects of lead exposure in drinking water and contaminants in the watershed. For more information and to see how the games and lesson plans can be used in the classroom, please visit www.meadowlarkscience.com

One Health Missoula

While Missoula is consistently rated a great place to live and work, we know we can always do more to make our community healthier. As such, Dean Humphrey has been working with Providence St. Patrick Hospital, the City-County Health Department and others to launch a healthy community initiative called: One Health Missoula. Based in part on the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, One Health Missoula expects to bring together a broad array of sectors - business, economic development, government, public health, nonprofits, human services, faith communities, education, healthcare, & finance institutions and more - around a shared vision of better community health and well-being. Built on a framework of community co-ownership and co-creation and guided by the belief that the community has everything it needs to flourish, we will work to address the challenge of delivering sustainable healthcare for years to come.

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raumatic brain injury is a serious public health problem in the United States and the rate of TBI related injury or deaths is extremely high in Montana. The fallout that can come with a blow or jolt to the head can range from temporary dysfunction to permanent complications, and our researchers are on the front line of research to better understand and treat TBI. In August 2015, we excitedly announced that faculty members Sarj Patel, PhD and Tom Rau, PhD of the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences along with Alex Santos, PhD of the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science received a Montana Research & Economic Development Initiative (MREDI) award to investigate this issue. The MREDI funding was provided to leverage university-based research into strategic advancements for Montana’s economy with a fundamental purpose to: (1) solve Montana problems with Montana solutions; (2) create good Montana private-sector jobs, and/or; (3) grow emerging and important research sectors that contribute to the diversity of Montana’s economy. This $2.2 million project sought to expand clinical services, establish diagnostic testing, and develop novel therapeutic interventions for traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors. Now, as the funding for their research comes to an end, we are happy to report the results of their work. All five of the objectives of the grant have made great progress. The first objective sought to expand clinical services for TBI survivors and veterans at the Neural Injury Center (NIC). Since the inception of the grant, the NIC has screened more than 120 TBI survivors and has provided neurospsychological testing to those individuals with lasting brain damage that affects academic performance. A second aim focused on developing a comprehensive panel of tests to diagnose mild TBI. To meet this goal, TBI survivors and non-injured controls were assessed using newly developed technologies: spinoff company Synergy Applied Medical Research’s BalanceLab, cognitive fatigue testing, VAST divergent thinking assessment, spinoff company FYR Diagnostic’s blood based biomarker testing, & Neurokinetics I-portal assessments. Together, this battery of assessments provide a comprehensive overivew of brain damage after TBI. Thirdly, the team sought to develop micro RNA inhibitors to reduce nerve damage after TBI. The inhibitors have been developed and are being validated in laboratory testing. Additionally, a neuroprotective drug, owned by UM and discovered by Dr. Rau, has been tested and indicates significant therapeutic potential for survivors of TBI. The fourth goal was to develop a computer-based cognitive training system for TBI subjects. VAST Learning Systems, LLC, our partner who tested individuals with the divergent thinking technology, used results to develop a novel virtual reality platform to incorporate new cognitive testing & rehabilitation programs. Finally, the research team sought to develop and test post-traumatic epilepsy diagnostic programs. Partnering company N-SITE is currently screening archived EEG data provided by Massachusetts General Hospital through their deep thinking Eidos software to identify biomarkers of post-traumatic epilepsy. Although the MREDI funding ended on June 30, 2017, our research team continues with this work. They are currently waiting to hear on more than $4M of potential funding from various agencies. Regardless, we know they will carry on as leaders in TBI research.

New grants study health conditions in unique populations

Data regarding health conditions in the Montana Native American population is limited. With a recently awarded grant through the Montana Health Care Foundation, Shane Sangrey of the Native American Center of Excellence and Rachael Zins, PharmD-AEC of the Pharmacist Managed Asthma Clinics Program in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy are assessing the prevalence of asthma on Montana tribal reservations, the need of asthma monitoring, asthma education, and access to asthma care. Their goal is to help patients understand asthma & use their medication properly, which can help keep patients out of emergency departments and hospitals, saving both the patient and state money. Paul Smith, DO of the School of Public & Community Health Sciences also recently received $1.8M from NIH to establish the Montana Pediatric Clinical Trials Site. The MPCTS will help researchers include children from rural and Native American populations in multicentered studies examining the influence of environmental factors on childhood health as part of the larger IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network program. Existing research programs on upper & lower airway disease, obesity, pre-, peri- & postnatal outcomes, and neurodevelopment will greatly benefit from the creation of the MPCTS. Erica Woodahl, PhD in the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences recently garnered funding from the National Institutes of Health for three ongoing research projects in her lab that investigate health disparities and outcomes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/ AN) populations. Specifically, her group is researching (1) how diet, genetics, and sunlight contribute to vitamin D sufficiency and deficiency with a goal to mitigate illness and improve health outcomes in AI/AN people, (2) how genetic and dietary variation influence the treatment of cardiovascular disease in AI/AN people, and (3) how community engaged research with AI/AN people can move precision medicine forward.

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ENCOURAGING

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entral to our mission is the provision of interprofessional education (IPE). The practice of healthcare takes place in teams; indeed, we need a multitude of providers with varying expertise to treat the whole person and teaching those different providers how to work together to improve health outcomes is paramount. We are working diligently to develop interprofessional education courses and opportunities to prepare our students for client-centered collaborative healthcare practice after graduation. One such opportunity took place last year when a group of faculty and students journeyed to Gondar, Ethiopia to further the University of Montana’s collaboration with the University of Gondar. Faculty member Jenn Bell of the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science led the interprofessional group during their three-week stay. Other faculty participants included Donna Beall from the Department of Pharmacy Practice, Darin Bell of the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, along with Jacqueline Brown from the Department of Psychology. The faculty were joined by three Doctor of Physical Therapy students, three students from the Doctor of Pharmacy program, and a Family Medicine Resident. While in Ethiopia, students worked in their individual fields with interdisciplinary gatherings in the evenings to discuss their observations of healthcare practices in this unique setting. They also served as a team conducting at home health visits, meeting with a traditional healer, and touring clinical facilities that ranged from one room health extension sites to a 500-bed referral hospital to learn more about how the people in rural villages and larger cities access care. This immersion in local culture provided a deep understanding of the complex relationship between poverty, wellness, and religion in Ethiopia and how that drives the way people seek care from healthcare providers, traditional healers and priests. Closer to home, the ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans (IPHARM) continues to be an excellent interprofessional education clinical experience for our students. This mobile pharmaceutical care clinic provides wellness screenings to people throughout Montana who would otherwise be unable to access such services. Coordinated by Skaggs School of Pharmacy clinical pharmacist Chris Migliaccio, the clinic is a valueable teaching tool, bringing together students in their last professional year of pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, and nursing school. Students get hands-on experience providing screenings on bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol, fall risk, depression and memory loss. After the patient completes the series of screenings, our students counsel the client as a team discussing results and recommendations. By working together and talking to the patient as one, each discipline gains a deeper appreciation for how the collaborative team approach to medicine allows us to treat the whole person. IPHARM is part of the Montana Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under U1QHP28733, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), $2,143,140.00, July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

Friday Medical Conference provides Continuing Medical Education for all disciplines

Friday Medical Conference (FMC) is a weekly Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunity for physicians, healthcare professionals, and several healthcare student programs. This ‘Grand Rounds’ style lecture series provides a cross-section of recent advances in medicine along with clinical etiology, diagnosis, and management information for a variety of clinical areas. During its long tenure, weekly topics have addressed infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases, endocrinology, gynecology, ethical issues, patient management, immunology, internal medicine, neurology and myriad medical sub-specialties. In 2015, the University of Montana’s Western Montana AHEC partnered with local hospitals to distribute FMC more widely. While previously only held in one location, the conference is now live streamed at more than eight health centers across the state. Participants can also stream the conference from the comfort of their own office. As CME is offered at no cost to individuals, FMC provides healthcare professionals with the opportunity to obtain, and healthcare facilities to provide, continuing education credits in a convenient and economical manner. Several faculty from our health profession programs at UM present at the conference each year. We also use FMC as a teaching opportunity for our Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. By the time they complete their residency training, all FMRWM resident physicians lead at least one FMC as the featured speaker, allowing the residents to enhance their teaching and leadership skills. With a commitment to education and continued learning, this interdisciplinary conference’s goal is to ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. Learn more about FMC online at: www.wmtahec.org/friday-medical-conference. CHPBS Annual Report 2017 | 13


Thank you to our College Colleagues!

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Lou Herritt Carolyn Hester Zack Holden Andrij Holian Garion Holian Carly Holman Heidi Holzer Gayle Hudgins Travis Hughes Reed Humphrey Karen Iverson Darrell Jackson Zeina Jaffar Rory Johnson Sharon Johnson Paulette Jones Mike Kavanaugh Liz Kelsey Barry Kenfield Nerissa Koehn Erin Landguth Sara Laney James Laskin Cindi Laukes Katie Leahy Dave Levison Diana Lurie Kim Madson Caitlin Malinak Amy Matheny Dan McCarthy Ian McGrane Rustem Medora Marc Mentel Chris Migliaccio John Miller Sarah Miller Jake Mischke

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Melisa Schelvan Mark Schleicher Ilsa Seib Erin Semmens Bobby Serban Monica Serban Pam Shaw David Shepherd Shannon Sivertsen Cherith Smith Jerry Smith Paul Smith Brittney Spatzierath Rob Stenger Andrea Stierle Don Stierle Chuck Thompson Ken Thompson Ryan Tolleson Knee Linda Torma Ashley Trautman Diana Vanek Ned Vasquez Lisa Venuti Laurie Walker Tony Ward Desirae Ware Allen Warren Emily Weiler Charlie Wellenstein Kat Werner Daniel Wiemals Rich Willy Jenny Wilson Erica Woodahl Feng Yi Rachael Zins


Engage with us now!

Your engagement and support is needed, now more than ever, to move the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences forward as we strive to increase our impact on the health and wellness of our communities in Montana and beyond. Below are three specific areas in which we need your support. How can you help? Do you know others that may be interested? Please reach out to Mark Schleicher at (406) 243-4222 or mark.schleicher@umontana.edu to discuss the many ways in which you can make a significant difference – there is a role for everyone. Please visit www.supportum.org/health to make an impact today.

Student Support

Faculty Support

Students are the lifeblood of the College; they will be the providers and researchers that will lead us into the future of healthcare. We aim to recruit the best and brightest students to the College and to support them throughout their education and training. These students are passionate about healthcare and look forward to making a dramatic impact on the health of our communities upon graduation. Scholarships and graduate fellowships play a significant role for our students’ educational and financial wellbeing. Your generosity can give them the financial support and confidence to focus on their education, research, and training. Would you like to make a difference for a student? Setting up a scholarship or fellowship in the College is straightforward and extremely rewarding for donors.

If students are the lifeblood of the College, faculty members are the heart and soul. The nation’s leading institutions rely on endowed faculty positions to attract and retain renowned educators and researchers. The University of Montana is no different and, in fact, we compete directly with the heavyweight colleges in order recruit the very best faculty members to Missoula. Professorships and faculty fellowships allow the College great leverage in recruiting and retaining a high quality faculty that will educate and mentor our students. Do you remember your favorite professor? Please consider supporting a faculty member as they become the next generation’s favorite professor.

Health & Medicine Complex and Neural Injury Center Montana has the second highest rate of returning veterans per capita and also the second highest rate of traumatic brain injury. It’s no surprise then that the University of Montana serves high numbers of student veterans (≈ 700). In response to rising concern about brain injury, the University of Montana launched the Neural Injury Center in the spring of 2014 combining areas of expertise in neuroscience with physical rehabilitation. The Neural Injury Center has seen such amazing success in a short timeframe in diagnosing and treating veterans and others with concussions and brain injuries that we have outgrown our small footprint. With your support, we hope to build a state of the art addition onto the Skaggs Building that will serve as a hub for patient evaluation and research activities. The Health & Medicine Complex will allow delivery of direct patient care to individuals in greatest need, including veterans and other underserved populations. The complex will also provide patient-centered, interprofessional training for our students, the next generation of healthcare providers.

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