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Published November 05, 2019
The University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences will host three informative sessions Thursday, Nov. 7. Two will be in the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center, with the other hosted by Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Events will focus on rural health, disabilities and medical research. All sessions are free and open to the public.
The College of Health Sciences will present “Grand Challenges in Rural Health” beginning at 1 p.m. in the Gateway Center. Panelists include Dr. Jim Bush, Wyoming Medicaid medical director; Tarissa Spoonhunter, a Central Wyoming College associate professor; and TR Reid, a Denver journalist and author of “The Healing of America.” They will discuss challenges related to rural health care and include comments from audience members.
The panel discussion is to identify some of the “wicked challenges” that exist in rural health and provide some initial discourse on how UW, including the College of Health Sciences, could engage with the state to launch new collaborative opportunities to address some of those challenges.
Kim Nielsen, professor and program chair of disability studies at the University of Toledo, will present “Disability History, Disability Justice and Future Directions” at 3 p.m. in the Gateway Center. The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) hosts the session.
Nielsen is the author of “A Disability History of the United States.” Her research has centered on historical debates about who is fit to participate in civic life, using gender, disability and changing notions of competency as her tools of analysis. Closed captioning and sign language interpretation will be provided.
Following the presentation, WIND will host a gala celebration commemorating its 25th anniversary, with poster presentations by disability studies minor students, as well as information on WIND projects. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.
WWAMI Medical Education, along with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, will collaborate on the day’s final event: the WWAMI Research Symposium as part of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance’s Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m., hosted by Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Second-year medical students will present scholarly work in a poster presentation format. Topics will include Wyoming community health, global health, and laboratory and clinical research. The Wyoming chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) will award the top three overall projects an ACP Governor’s Award. The Ivinson Foundation will provide a People’s Choice Award, and the Dr. Howard Willson Excellence in Primary Care Award also will be presented to the top primary care project. Willson was a former UW Board of Trustees member from Thermopolis.
The poster presentations and the Business After Hours event are free and open to the public.
For the first time, WWAMI Medical Education’s first- and second-year medical students are training on the UW campus. In the past, second-year Wyoming WWAMI students presented their work at a poster session in Seattle.
This is the inaugural year of the Wyoming WWAMI Research Symposium and is “another example of the strong partnership that exists between Ivinson Memorial Hospital and the Wyoming WWAMI program,” says Tim Robinson, Wyoming WWAMI Program director.
“We take great pride in the accomplishment of our students, faculty and staff, along with our divisions and schools that comprise the College of Health Sciences,” says David Jones, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “We look forward to sharing with the community our current achievements and our continuing work to improve the health and well-being of the people of Wyoming.”