Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Tip Sheet for the Week of Sept. 14, 2009

RELEASED: Sept. 14, 2009

Story/Photo Idea
A reception Tuesday, Sept. 15, will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month activities at the UW-Eau Claire. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Organization of Latinos/as will sponsor the reception, which will run from 4-6 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. The event will feature Latin American music, food and a Latino dance presentation by Arcadia High School students.

Story Idea
Dr. Mary Zwygart-Stauffacher, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of nursing, has co-authored a guide that takes readers through the process of selecting long-term care. "How to Find the Best Eldercare" will be available in bookstores this month. Zwygart-Stauffacher and co-author Dr. Marilyn Rantz, a professor of nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, combined their extensive nursing practice, administration experience and research to present practical information in an easy-to-follow format. As they conducted the research on measuring quality in nursing homes, consumers, consumer groups and care settings encouraged them to share what they had learned about quality care and how to select the best long-term care setting. While they've published extensively in professional and academic journals, they wanted to create a publication for the public. The book covers common eldercare options with summaries, financing options and differences. Zwygart-Stauffacher has nearly 30 years experience in gerontological nursing practice, particularly in the nursing home area. For details about the book or her research, contact her at zwygarmc@uwec.edu.

Campus Experts
Members of a research team that conducted studies about health care reform are available to talk about their research and findings. Researchers conducted two studies focusing on health care coverage, health care concerns and health care reform. The team's 2008 study examined the level of health care coverage and health care concerns among a sample of 222 residents of west central Wisconsin. They found that more than 90 percent of the respondents said it is extremely or very important for Wisconsin to make health care more affordable and accessible for all residents. While there were some differences between the insured and uninsured, the call for reform was significant among both groups. The team later contacted participants who had indicated they were willing to be interviewed about their health care experiences. Participants included people who were insured, underinsured or uninsured. Researchers learned that access and affordability were primary determinants in obtaining health care. The uninsured in the sample described their access to the health care system as random and episodic. The uninsured also lack routine preventative care and timely diagnosis of screenable conditions. Even those with insurance worried that their health care needs would not be met. Concerns about high cost-sharing, out-of-pocket costs and restrictions in coverage were among the concerns. Medical debt was a significant concern that resulted in skipped diagnostic tests or unfilled prescriptions.

Research team members are:

  • Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, assistant professor of management and marketing, 715-836-3589, johsarjl@uwec.edu.
  • Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics, 715-836-3254, jamelsem@uwec.edu.
  • Dr. Lois Taft, professor emerita of nursing, 847-733-0114 or 847-420-1330, taftlb@uwec.edu.
  • Katherine German-Olson, clinical instructor of nursing, 715-836-5000, germanka@uwec.edu.
  • Cindy Wold-Schmidt, nursing graduate student, woldtscl@uwec.edu.

Articles about the research team's study and findings can be found in:

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.