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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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FEMA News Features Disaster Preparedness

In Keeping Current, the newsletter from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 Mitigation, one of the articles features A-State's Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, which is directed by Dr. Deborah Persell, professor of disaster preparedness and emergency management. The center is helping answer a growing demand for training by offering online and classroom-based courses, and training opportunities with professional emergency responders.

Long Addresses Total Life Healthcare

Dr. Jody Long, assistant professor of social work, recently gave a presentation about mental illness and geriatrics for Total Life Healthcare at St. Bernards Medical Center. While many think the most common mental illness among elderly is depression, it actually is anxiety. Long said most older adults suffer from some form of anxiety because of life changes such as loss of spouse, finances, health problems and lack of independence.

Jody Long


Another Step Taken for Disaster Response Training Center

7/19/2016           

JONESBORO – The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University Monday evening completed another step toward establishing a training center in Lawrence County for professional disaster response personnel.

The Walnut Ridge City Council adopted a resolution confirming support from the Council and Mayor Charles Snapp for construction of a disaster training center on 80 acres of land at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.  The resolution noted the training center would be in the city's best interest because of the large number of visitors it would bring to the community, making a positive impact on economic development.

Read the complete story.

DPEM Sets 'Farmedic' Training for First Responders

JONESBORO – Agriculture, big business in Arkansas, is also one of the most dangerous industries because of the array of equipment, chemicals and outdoor conditions.

First responders in the Northeast Arkansas area will enhance their skills with assisting farm accident victims during a two-day training session, Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24.

The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University, in partnership with McNeil and Company and Black River Technical College, will present the course at BRTC's training site in Walnut Ridge.  The course is being funded by Agricultural Safety Healthy America; there is no cost to participants.

"Farmedic is designed for first responders who may potentially be challenged with responding to an agriculture-related emergency," according to Dr. Brent Cox, assistant professor of disaster preparedness and emergency management.  "This course is a 12-hour hands-on and lecture-based certification class, and continuing education units (CEUs) are available."

The Farmedic opportunity follows quickly behind a June 27 decision by the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission to proceed with negotiations for a lease on 80 acres on airport property, following a meeting with university representatives. The airport facility is one facet of the proposed disaster training facility, which also will include a training zone at Imboden.

The Farmedic program's goals include providing rural fire and rescue responders with a systematic approach to rescues that expedites first aid and extrication, if needed, and reduces risk of additional injury to both patients and the rescue personnel.

Officer-level staff also will learn how to manage an incident using the fundamentals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The training sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 23, and 8 a.m. to noon on July 24.  The BRTC training site is at 114 Wilson Dr. near the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

Interested individuals may register by contacting the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at A-State, dpem@AState.edu or (870) 680-8286.

The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education is an official regional training center recognized by the American Medical Association and National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

The Center was created in 2005 in response to an unmet need for disaster education within the health professions. It offers courses in basic and advanced disaster life support, homeland security, and emergency management.

CENTER FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TAKES FIRST STEP TOWARD DISASTER TRAINING FACILITY

06/27/2016

JONESBORO – Working with city officials in Walnut Ridge, the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness at Arkansas State University today completed the first step toward establishing a training center for professional disaster response personnel.

Representatives from the university met with the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission to explain the proposed concept for a disaster training facility at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.  Following discussion, the commission unanimously voted its support for Chairman Don Cavenaugh to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), giving its support to proceed with negotiations for a lease agreement on 80 acres on airport property.

Read the entire article.

Colleges Team Up to Produce Arkansas Health Issues Programs

April 11, 2016

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication and the College of Nursing and Health Professions have joined forces to produce a series of programs titled "Your State of Health" that focus on health issues important to the state of Arkansas.

The first program, “Good Nutrition,” will air on ASU-TV, Suddenlink Channel 18, Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. and will continue throughout the summer.

The program series is the brainchild of Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Dr. Michael Bowman, assistant professor of Creative Media Production. They visited about the possibility of a student production of the program series following Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s announcement of a statewide plan to improve health of all Arkansans, Oct. 14, 2015. The programs align with initiatives by Gov. Hutchinson to improve Arkansans’ health. In fact, the broadcast “Good Nutrition” includes a recorded message from Hutchinson at the beginning.

Read the complete article.

High Ranks for Disaster Preparedness

BestColleges.com ranks A-State in the top three of the country’s best online emergency management bachelor’s degree programs. Each school is ranked on the merits of its academic strengths, learning goals, positive student outcomes, course offerings and online classroom experience.

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Bednar Presents Programs at National Conference

Bednar

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Annette Bednar, assistant professor of clinical laboratory sciences, resented two programs for the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference in Minneapolis. She gave a "lunch 'n learn" on "Surviving Academia" after working in a clinical lab setting, and she discussed her positive experiences with ASCLS's legislative symposium in an effort to recruit other professionals.

29 Outstanding Students Receive 2016 ‘Who’s Who’ Award

4/22/2016

JONESBORO – Twenty-nine outstanding upper-level students at Arkansas State University have been named to the prestigious “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for 2015‑16.  The students were introduced during a campus ceremony recognizing student leaders.

Hunter M. Clampit, Harrisburg, AR (Nursing)

Brandon M. Haley, Marion, AR (Health Studies)

Angel T. Livingston, Dumas, AR (Nursing)

Marshall K. McDaniel, Jonesboro, AR (Health Studies)

Amber D. Ray, Little Rock, AR (Nursing)

Read the complete article.

  

2016 College of Nursing and Health Professions Winners for Create @StAte

Oral Presentations

The Influence of Perception (First Place)­

 – Emily Peters  - “Student Perception of the Benefits of Academic Education Partnered
    with Technical Training at Homeland Security’s Center for Domestic Preparedness”.     
    Faculty mentor Dr. Brent Cox.

Poster Presentations

Obesity & Diabetes, Graduate Poster (First Place­ (Tie) 

–  Regina Strop – “School-reported BMIs and Lifestyle Changes”.  Faculty mentor Dr. Debbie Shelton.

–  Megan Burke – “Preventive Services in the Intellectually Disabled Population of Northeast Arkansas”.  Faculty mentor Dr. Mark Foster.

Physical Therapy, Graduate Poster (First Place­)

 –  Grafton Harrell, Todd Hobson – “The Use of 405nm and 464nm Blue Light to Inhibit Listeria Monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Meat”.  Faculty mentor Dr. Stephen Guffey.  

Nursing, Graduate Poster (First Place­)

–  William Burns – “Examining the Use of Albuterol in Pediatric Patients Diagnosed with RSV-Induced Bronchiolitis.”  Faculty mentor Dr. Mark  Foster

 

 Beck PRIDE Center Receives $25,000 Grant From Walmart Foundation

January 29, 2016

 JONESBORO, Ark. – The Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University has received a grant for $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation. 

 The grant will support capacity building for direct service or to facilitate the following: career testing, career counseling and advisement (career coach), résumé writing/interviewing skills, small business development, identification of specialization credentials that would improve marketability and employer recruitment/graduate placement.

 “The Walmart Foundation has continued to be very financially supportive of our work with veterans,” noted Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions.  “We are so fortunate Walmart has made ‘veterans in the workforce’ one of their priorities.”

The goal is to increase the number of disabled student-veterans and place 100 percent of them into “best-fit” occupations using a logical and supportive educational continuum model. 

Read the complete news release.

Accreditation Site Visits—Visits and Updates

CLS (Clinical Laboratory Sciences) -- Sept 19-20, 2013 -- Accreditation through October 2018.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Accredited through Jan 2019.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)—Accredited through December 2016.

MSW (Masters in Social Work)—April 29, 2015—Site visit April 2015.

Radiation Therapy—Sept 12 and 13, 2011---Accredited through September 2019.

Physical Therapist Assistant—Sept 25-28, 2011---Accreditation through 2022.

Dietetics—Oct 24 and 25, 2011—Granted Candidate Status.

Nursing (all programs)—Feb 14-16, 2012—Accreditation through 2020.

Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management - June 18 & 19, 2012 - Pending Report from Foundation For Higher Education Accreditation.

DPT (doctorate in physical therapy)—Accredited through Fall 2022.

OTA (Occupational Therapy Associate) - April 2016 - Next Site visit 2021.

OTD (Occupational Therapy Doctorate) - Granted Candidacy for accreditation.


Relocation in our college:

*The department of Social Work - 3rd floor of the Smith Building. They are in suite 327.
*The Beck P.R.I.D.E. Center - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, room 170.
*Nurse Anesthesia - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 3rd floor.
*Communication Disorders - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 2nd floor, Suite 211.
*The Speech and Hearing Clinic - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 1st floor, Suite 101.
*Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences - Nursing & Health Professions, 4th floor, Suite 419
*Nutrition -E. Smith, 4th Floor, Suite 410
*Regional Cente for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management - E. Smith, 4th Floor, Suite 410
*Health Studies - E. Smith 4th Floor, Suite 410