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This spring marks the 20th anniversary of ISU's PA Program. To commemorate two decades of a great program, the Class of 2016 invites the alumni graduated classes to participate in an alumni fundraising challenge.

The class that has the highest people-percentage of participation will be recognized at an alumni celebration event at the IAPA Conference in Sun Valley, ID, April 16-18, 2015. Come get in touch with old classmates and encourage each other to give back to the Program that kick-started many careers. The proceeds will go toward the Program's scholarship fund.

To donate, please go online to the ISU PA Program's website:
  • Click on the "Donations for Scholarships" link on the left hand side.
  • Click on the "Pay via Cred Card" button. It will redirect to an "Online Gift Form" page.
  • Fill out the information and where it states "Direct my gift as follows" click on the "other" box and type in "Physician Assistant Studies Alumni Gift Class [insert your graduation year here]."
  • In the "Additional comments or special instructions" box type in: "Direct my donation to the ISU PA Program's scholarship fund."
Please consider donating to the scholarship fund and attending the Sun Valley conference. The Program looks forward to seeing alumni!

Four PA students and one PA faculty joined a group of 11 other ISU health sciences students and faculty on an interdisciplinary medical excursion to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation south of Mountain Home on November 13. They provided free flu shots, glucose, nutrition, blood pressure, HIV/hepatitis C, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) screenings. 

Invited by the Owyhee Community Health Facility and its diabetic program manager, the team set up stations in the high school gymnasium alongside tribal community members who staffed their own informational booths. The annual diabetic health fair was well-attended by tribal members.

The ISU PA Program sent five PA students and three faculty on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic this February. This was the second time for the annual trip. Students and faculty reported that last year's first mission was amazing. The group served more than 700 people in just six days last year. The need is boundless yet funding to provide medications and services is terribly limited. The Program would be enormously grateful for any donations in support of the students and the people in the DR.

Donations are tax deductible. Idaho Residents can also count it as a tax credit (see explanation below). Here are two ways to donate: 
  1. Write a check to Idaho State University PASS (Physician Assistant Student Society) with a note at the bottom indicating “Dominican Republic Medical Mission” & mail it to:
         Attention: Paula Phelps, Program Director
         ISU PA Program
         921 S. 8th Ave. Stop 8253
         Pocatello, ID 83209-8253
  2. Donate online with a credit card at the ISU PA Program website. Click on the “Donations for Scholarships” link on the left hand side.  Click on the “Pay via Cred Card” button. It will redirect to an “Online Gift Form” page. Fill out the information and where it states “Direct my gift as follows” click on the “other” box and type in “Physician Assistant Studies Dominican Republic Medical Mission.” In the “Additional comments or special instructions” box type in: “Direct my donation to the ISU PA Programs Dominican Republic Medical Mission fund.”  
Both donation paths will generate a letter back from the Idaho State University Foundation for documentation to use for tax purposes.

  With as little as $400 the Program       can purchase medications that could   help 500-700 people.

  Please feel free to e-mail or call Jared   Papa with questions at                or 208-373-1754.

Expect more about this year's trip to the Dominican Republic in the next newsletter!

Idaho residents take advantage of the Idaho Education Tax Credit!
Donations to Idaho State University Foundation are eligible for a 50 percent Idaho state tax credit--a reduction in the actual tax you owe. Additionally, if you itemize deductions, a donation to ISU may qualify for income reductions on state and federal returns, plus a 50% Idaho income tax credit.
For 2014, the allowed credit for both personal and business gifts remains:
  • Idaho individuals may take as a tax credit up to 50% of a gift of $1,000 (a tax credit of $500).
  • Idaho married couples may take as a tax credit up to 50% of a gift of $2,000 (a tax credit of $1,000).
Tax benefits are dependent on  personal income level and filing status. Please contact a tax consultant for additional information.

Idaho residents, Benny and Betty Bengal, are a married couple who itemize their taxes. Their combined gross income is about $75,000 (which puts them in the 25% federal tax bracket). They decide to donate $2,000 to the Dean’s Excellence Fund at Idaho State University in 2014.
Their contribution, based on itemized deductions, qualifies for:
  • A $500 federal income reduction; plus
  • A $148 Idaho income reduction; plus
  • The $1,000 Idaho Education tax credit
Taking the deductions and credit together, the Bengals's $2,000 gift to ISU has a true out-of-pocket "cost" of only $352.
Opportunity with GW Cancer Institute for AHEC Network Physicians

The GW Cancer Institute is looking to partner with AHECs on their CDC technical assistance project steering committee to help recruit physicians for an evaluation of a CME series. They are looking for two to three clinicians from Idaho to participate. Primary Care Internists, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners are encouraged to participate.
The GW Cancer Institute launched the Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers as a free continuing education program to support ongoing follow-up care for cancer survivors in the primary care setting. Launched in April 2013, the program modules have been completed more than 1,000 times by a variety of health care professionals. The Institute is currently looking to gather some more in-depth information from primary care providers about their satisfaction with the program as well as practice changes resulting from its completion. They would like to work with several AHECs to recruit a total of 10 internal medicine physicians to participate in this evaluation.
The clinicians will receive $200 in addition to the free CE credit and will be asked to complete: a brief baseline assessment, six one-hour program modules (including brief pre-/post-assessments) within a one month time-frame, a one hour telephone interview within two weeks of completing the modules and a brief post-assessment six months after completing the modules.
If interested, please contact:
Aubrey Van Kirk Villalobos, MPH, Med 
Director, Comprehensive Cancer Control
GW Cancer Institute
2030 M ST NW, Suite 4074
Washington, DC 20036
w. (202) 994-2680 c. (901) 846-6101 
Twitter: @teachpubhealth @GWCancerInst
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