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Center for Health Policy Student Research Assistants Apply Experience at Center to Work and Graduate Studies

The Center for Health Policy (CHP) is proud of the continued accomplishments of its undergraduate and graduate research assistants. The students working at the CHP gain valuable experience in research and writing that can be applied to research for a variety of institutions and in their graduate studies. Here is a glimpse of how former graduate and undergraduate research assistants are applying their experience to work and graduate studies.

  • Elsa Howard, a former graduate research assistant at CHP, recently obtained a position with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a senior research analyst for the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.
  • Stephanie Lindsay recently graduated with her bachelor of science in psychology. After working as an undergraduate research assistant at the CHP, she is transitioning to a graduate research assistant this fall, as she pursues her master of health science. Lindsay assists with a variety of projects at CHP and primarily works on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program evaluation. Her assistantship is currently being funded by the Dean’s Office to support the publication of peer-reviewed articles at CHP.
  • Brayden Healey recently received his bachelor of science in health science from the Department of Community and Environmental Health. He is pursuing his health services leadership graduate certificate and will be focusing his efforts at CHP on the Disproportionate Minority Contact Expansion Evaluation.
  • Rebecka Seward will continue her work on the Tobacco Cessation project as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at CHP.
  • Logan Kinney has been working at the CHP as an intern and has earned an Undergraduate Research Assistant position.

The CHP team is welcoming Kamilla Gazieva to the team. Gazieva is from Moscow, Russia and will start this fall as a graduate research assistant. She completed her master of business administration at Boise State as a Muskie Fellow in 2011 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Health Science program. Her extensive background in management, marketing, and product management with an emphasis in diabetes care will make her a valuable asset to CHP.

Additionally, CHP researchers have received two new research contracts and published two journal articles and two externally-funded technical reports.

New Research Contracts:

  • “Disproportionate Minority Contact Expansion Evaluation” is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction. Tedd McDonald, senior researcher for the CHP and director of the Master of Health Science Program, will be the principal investigator.
  • “Idaho Nursing Community Apgar Program Phase IV (2013-2014)” is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare – Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. Ed Baker, director of the CHP and faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, and Molly Prengaman, researcher for the CHP and faculty in the School of Nursing, will be the principal investigators on this assessment of community characteristics related to recruitment and retention of nurses to critical access hospitals in Idaho.


  • McDonald, T. W., Chown, E., Tabb, J. E., Schaeffer, A. K., & Howard, E. K. M. (2013). The Impact of Volunteering on Seniors’ Health and Quality of Life: An Assessment of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Psychology, 4 (3a), 283-290.
  • Begic, S., Howard, E. K. M., & McDonald, T. W. (2013). Adults’ alcohol consumption behavior and support for restrictions on youth-oriented alcohol advertisements. American Journal of Applied Psychology, 2, 22-30. doi:10.11648/j.ajap.20130203.11
  • Externally-Funded Technical Reports:
  • Schmitz, D., MacKenzie, L., Baker, E., Bakhshinyan, E. & Kinney, L. (2013). Idaho Physician Rural Work Force Assessment Phase II. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare – State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.
  • Howard, E. K. M, & McDonald, T. W. (2013). Stakeholders’ perceptions of the Disproportionate Minority Contact project in Canyon County, Idaho. Boise, ID: Center for Health Policy, Boise State University.