School of Nursing to offer free health services to rural communities

The School of Nursing’s Community Health Mobile Unit will hit the road for the first time this week. Its first stop will be September 1 in Parlier – a small town southeast of Fresno with a population of a little over 14,000. Throughout the fall semester, the mobile unit will travel to rural areas in Fresno County providing free services to those who do not have readily available access to health care.

Dr. Kathleen Rindahl, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, spearheaded this program and said providing onsite clinical outreach services will fill a much needed void in health care access to the underserved migrant community.

”There is currently a huge need for nurses to primarily serve the migrant community,” said Rindahl.

150305Academics022The mobile unit, made from a deconstructed RV, has two exam rooms that will allow communities access to services such as immunizations, diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and health assessments, education and referrals. The RV is being provided by the Fresno County Office of Education Migrant Education Program.

In addition, the unit will also give nursing students specializing in community health and family nurse practice, the opportunity to practice their clinical skills and be exposed to rural medicine, Rindahl said. It is optional for students who would like to volunteer in a clinical setting.

Sheri Cooley, a graduate student in family nurse practice, is one student who hopes to utilize the mobile unit to further her experience.

“I have found that working with those in rural communities is very rewarding,” said Cooley. “With few to no services in most rural communities, I feel the mobile health unit can really make a difference in these medically underserved communities.”

120229Academics006 - CopyThe mobile unit was funded by a 2014 grant from the Song-Brown Program, which is commissioned by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to provide quality health care in underserved areas. Fresno State was awarded a $319,500 award by the program.

The first grant of $216,000 went toward training nine additional nursing students in the undergraduate nursing program and increasing the number of faculty within the School. The second grant of $103,500 was allocated toward the mobile unit.

Rindahl said she hopes to expand services the unit provides by incorporating other students from within the College of Health and Human Services, like physical therapy, public health and social work, to one day form a dynamic inter-professional collaborative opportunity.

The mobile unit will be at Parlier Community Center (1100 E. Parlier Ave.) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on September 1. For more information or to learn about upcoming dates throughout the semester, contact the School of Nursing at 559.278.2041.

Follow the mobile unit on Twitter at @FSMobileNursing for updates on locations and times!

Community Health Mobile Unit Upcoming Dates:

September 1 – Parlier Community Center

October 6 – Sanger Community Center

October 13 – City of Reedley (site pending)

October 17 – Kerman Community Center

October 22 – West Fresno Resource Center *

October 27 – West Fresno Resource Center *

November 22 – West Fresno Resource Center *

* Health screenings available on site at location. Mobile unit will not be present.

In the News: Fresno State’s physical therapy program is on the map

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Tuesday is the first day of classes at Fresno State. And many are excited about the University’s growing physical therapy program.

Crews are smoothing the path for the next class of physical therapists. The new Physical Therapy and Intercollegiate Athletics building is nearly complete and students can’t wait to get in.

The new PTIA building will open September 14th to DPT students.

It’s exciting because we were a little bit more spread out,” said Physical Therapy student, Christian Lopez. “We had some classes off campus and the offices were throughout campus. At least now it’s all in one spot.”

Lopez is in his second year as a doctoral student. The Lemoore native is happy to be pursuing higher education at home in a growing program.

Dr. Peggy Trueblood, Physical Therapy Department Chair, said, “It’s very competitive. We actually had 500 and some applicants last year. We interviewed about 160 people for 32 slots.”

California has 13 physical therapy schools. But Dr. Trueblood said Fresno State’s hands on approach is attracting many students and so is the new building. The facility will help students learn in bigger lab spaces and utilize conference rooms for presentations.

L to R: Venegas, Trueblood, Lopez and Dean Jody Hironaka-Juteau.
L to R: Venegas, Trueblood, Lopez and Dean Jody Hironaka-Juteau.

Dr. Trueblood added, “Typically about 70 percent of our students stay here in the Central Valley, so we’re putting out P.T.’s here for the Valley. It’s a good thing in terms of upgrading the healthcare system here in the Central Valley.”

As for Lopez, he hopes to stay in the Valley after graduation.

“Just the patients, working with the patients,” said Lopez. “And it doesn’t feel like work most of the time because you have fun with them and you get to see them progress, and that’s what’s really fun about the profession.”

Doctoral students will have their first day of class in the new building on September 14th. Officials said it will mark a new chapter in education, not only for the students, but the university as well.

[ News Story via ABC30 Action News Reporter Amanda Venegas. ]


The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Physical Therapy and Intercollegiate Athletics (PTIA) Building will take place on September 15 at the PTIA Building (5315 Campus Drive, Fresno 93740) at 11:00 a.m. Physical Therapy students and student-athletes will lead tours of the facility following the ceremony. RSVP and find out more information on the event at the LINK or view event invite below.

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Fresno State begins its 105th year with fall 2015 semester

Looks like Victor E. Bulldog III is considering a career in health and human services!

The sounds of feet rushing through campus, as classroom doors open and close, and friends/classmates greet each other with smiles and hugs were all a welcome sight today. After all, today the fall 2015 semester officially kicked off, commemorating Fresno State’s 105th year.

President Joseph Castro recently announced that the University has seen an increase in student applications at a rate that is twice the CSU average. In fact, out of the over 23,000 students currently enrolled at Fresno State, about 4,800+ students are from the College of Health and Human Services – which is home to seven academic departments.

“Our students are the hardest working, most diverse and passionate that I have ever known in my career,” Castro said. “They bring many special talents to our campus. Our job is to challenge and support them with a quality educational experience that leads them to graduation in a timely way and distinction in their chosen career.”

We are excited to not only welcome all of our new and returning students to CHHS, but to support them as well on their path to attaining student success. We’ll continue to highlight the proud achievements and stories of our students, staff and faculty here on our blog.

Please note that our blog now has a brand new URL: We hope you will subscribe to our blog and continue to share it with your network, as we strive to Live Well for Central California.

Check out this fun video of CHHS faculty greeting new students at the fall 2015 New Student Convocation! Video Credit: Department of Physical Therapy

CHHS welcomes five new faculty!

The College of Health and Human Services is pleased to welcome five new faculty to our college, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion for their field of study. Our college prides ourselves in fostering emerging student leaders in the areas of health and wellness, and this all starts with their education – here at Fresno State. Due to the diligence and unwavering dedication of faculty and administration, our 3,000+ students in our college are given a first-rate education and the chance to #LiveWell and #BeBold! We welcome our new and returning faculty to a start of a great 2015-2016 school year!


SJohnson_Sm2Dr. Serena Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University, master’s degree in ESL and Literacy Education from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas.

Johnson is an educator committed to eliminating barriers for d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Over the years, she has served the Deaf community in several capacities, including as a community American Sign Language interpreter, as a Deaf and hard of hearing educational consultant, and as Director of Education at a non-profit benefiting Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Johnson’s research interests include college access and success for d/Deaf students in higher education in general, d/Deaf students in community college in particular, and English as a Second Language students in higher education.


JPryor_SmDr. John Luke Pryor is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Health Science, with a concentration in Athletic Training, from Lock Haven University, master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College, and his doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut.

Pryor is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is actively engaged in community service and education in the prevention and treatment of exertional heat illnesses during endurance events. He has previously volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon and Falmouth Road Race.

Pryor’s research focus is improving recreational and occupational athlete safety and performance under oppressive environmental conditions. Related research interests are the effects of heat and hydration on endurance performance and thermoregulation, preventing lower extremity injury in youth athletes, and ergogenic aids in aerobic, anaerobic, and resistive exercise.


JRoos_SmjpgDr. Jennifer Roos is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fresno State, master’s in Physical Therapy from Fresno State, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the Fresno State/ UC San Francisco Joint Doctoral program.

Roos, a Central Valley native, previously taught in the Department of Physical Therapy at Fresno State as a part-time lecturer in the area of healthcare and clinical experience. She has been serving the Valley as a licensed physical therapist for the past 15 years, specializing in chronic pain, aquatics, and women’s health. Most recently, she worked as a physical therapist liaison for San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Fresno, working with patients with a variety of complex orthopedic and neurologic conditions.

Roos’ research interests include inter/intra-professional education experiences for the DPT student and exposure to a multi-disciplinary team approach in simulation lab experiences. Other interests include analyzing data from use of the functional electrical stimulation cycle in chronic patient populations in multi-subject studies.


SRoberts_SmDr. Stephen Roberts is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Sacramento, master’s degree in Audiology and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Utah, and Ph.D. in Audiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He later obtained an additional master’s degree and Ph.D. in Business Administration from California Coast University.

Roberts has a long history with Fresno State, where he has served as a lecturer and part-time faculty in CDDS for 21 years. During his time on campus, he has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses for students majoring in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Education. He also taught in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Rehabilitation at Fresno State for an additional 15 years.

During his expansive career, he’s held many leadership positions with local organizations. This includes acting as Chief Operating Officer of US Script, Inc. and Executive Director of the Division of Developmental, Genetic, Neurologic and Rehabilitative Care at Children’s Hospital Central California, among many other administrative roles.

Roberts’ research interests include pediatric audiology, audiology/aural rehabilitation with adults and audiologic/rehabilitation counseling with Deaf and hard of hearing communities.


 Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw is an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Management Science from the University of South Carolina, masters in Deaf Education from McDaniel College, Ed.S. in Change Leadership in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice from the University of Redlands.

Smith-Warshaw brings with her 19 years of experience working in the deaf education system, having served as both an educator and administrator for several School for the Deaf facilities, specializing in early childhood education, high school level education and physical education. She most recently made history by becoming the first deaf woman to serve as superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, where she strived to provide skills and develop positive self-esteem for all Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Smith-Warshaw’s research interests include American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual education, education of Deaf and hard of hearing students, social and educational justice, change leadership and organizational change.


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Four faculty join ranks of newly promoted

Congratulations to each of our four newly promoted faculty! They will be recognized at the Faculty Recognition Reception, under the direction of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny. This event honors new faculty, newly promoted faculty and newly tenured and promoted faculty within Fresno State.


DDutra_SmDr. Danette Dutra is an associate professor in the School of Nursing. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master’s in Exercise Physiology, Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner from Fresno State, and a doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Dutra joined the faculty of Fresno State in 2010 as an assistant professor. She provided valuable leadership and played a vital role in the development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She has also served as the evaluations coordinator for the School of Nursing baccalaureate program and coordinator of the DNP program. Dutra has taught courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels from fundamental skills in nursing to evaluation in nursing education, among many others. She has served on committees at all levels of the University, most recently chairing the college’s research committee.

Dutra has over 18 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and has worked at several area hospitals and clinics, most recently with Hanford and Morro Bay Urgent Care.


HMiltiades_SmDr. Helen Miltiades is a professor in the Gerontology Program, housed in the Department of Social Work Education. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Malone University and a master’s and Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Miltiades has coordinated the Gerontology Program on campus since her appointment as an assistant professor in 2005. The program prepares students to address the concerns of the aging population through education, research, and service to the community.

Miltiades is actively involved on campus, having served as chairperson for the CHHS curriculum committee, faculty director of the CHHS palliative care team and a member of the Academic Senate.

Miltiades was instrumental in the establishment of the CHHS Honors Program in Collaborative Leadership. She is also active in the community, having served as a board member for the Castle-Keep Elder Abuse Prevention Agency as well as a board member for Elder Abuse Services, Inc.

Her research interests include health care disparities and access to care, elder abuse and program evaluation.


SSkelton_SmDr. Steven Skelton is a professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies from California State University, Bakersfield, master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Fresno State, and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from U.C. Santa Barbara.

Skelton joined the faculty of Fresno State in 1998 as an assistant professor of Speech-Language Pathology, and later became an associate professor in 2004. In addition to teaching, he also serves as the graduate coordinator for CDDS. On campus, he has served on various committees and organizations, including the Academic Senate, University Task Force on Employee and Workplace Development, as a campus Equal Employment Opportunity designee, and the CHHS Executive Committee, among others.

His research interests include treatment of speech sound disorders in children, motor learning applied to speech pathology and research methods. One of Skelton’s book chapter’s was recognized at the 2011 Henry Madden Library reception and exhibition of Faculty Publications. He serves as a peer reviewer for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Journal, Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools and is an expert reviewer for the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board for the Department of Consumer Affairs.


Ssailor_SmDr. Scott Sailor is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Fresno State, master’s in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona and his Ed.D. from the University of California, Davis and Fresno State.

Sailor, who joined the faculty of Fresno State in 1991, is currently the chair of the Department of Kinesiology and the program director of the Athletic Training Education Program. He is also co-director and co-founder of the Central California Sports Sciences Institute, a research and training center housed under CHHS. Sailor is actively involved on campus, having participated as a fellow of Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching and served as interim director of the Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching from 2011-2013. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the CHHS Honors Program in Collaborative Leadership.

Sailor has 25 years of sports medicine and athletic training experience. His commitment to the field is evident in his latest appointment as president of the National Athletic Trainers Association, which is comprised of 39,000 members nationwide, all of whom are members of the athletic training profession.  He was elected into the Far West Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2014.


The Faculty Recognition Reception will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 3:00 p.m. in North Gym 118.

8/11 Community Meeting to discuss African-American Infant Mortality Rates in Fresno County

CHVPIfirst5African-American infants in Fresno County are dying at higher rates within their first year of life than white infants, due to premature birth, low birth weight or birth defects. In California alone, the African-American mortality rate is 10.6 per 1,000 live births, according to the latest numbers in 2013.

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Read more about the rates HERE.

These alarming statistics will be the focus of a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, at Gaston Middle School in west Fresno (1100 Church Ave.), hosted by First 5 Fresno County and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State.

The high rates of African-American infant deaths prompted First 5 Fresno County to take action, granting researchers at the institute $25,000 to conduct a six-month study to determine what factors contribute to infant mortality and pre-term births, and recommendations on how to reduce death rates in the future.

“This study may serve as a call to action for many in Fresno,” said Lauren Lessard, research scientist at the institute. “We show that high rates of infant mortality among African-Americans in Fresno can be linked to the stress associated with limited life opportunities and inadequate health and human services. Our project has yielded a number of actionable recommendations to address these conditions, and we are excited by the leadership from First 5 Fresno County in stimulating a community-wide conversation on how to implement solutions.”

You can learn more about the key findings of this study at tonight’s community meeting or for more information, contact Karen Rangel at or 559.558.4918.

Victor E. Bulldog III’s campus tour comes to CHHS!

VEBIII2a_smFresno State’s big dog on campus, Victor E. Bulldog III, will be making a few stops at some of our CHHS departments during his “Have Wagon, Will Travel Campus Tour” put on by the Alumni Association. Stop by and get your paw-tograph with VEBIII, and some photos too! CHHS dates include:

July 30:

Department of Kinesiology, 8:30-9:00 a.m. // South Gym, Room 112

CHHS Student Services Center, 12:30-1:30 p.m. // McLane Hall, Room 194

August 7:

Professional Human Services, Family Food and Science, Social Sciences Courtyard, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

For additional dates, contact the Alumni Association at 278.2586.

Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.


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