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UAB launches academy to increase diversity in health care leadership

UAB launches academy to increase diversity in health care leadership

The University of Alabama at Birmingham launched the UAB Academy for Addressing Health Disparities through Health Care Leadership on May 30, 2017. The two-week program, dedicated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of students in graduate level health care management education and leadership, was created by the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration with guidance from the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The inaugural academy class includes eight undergraduates from the UAB Health Care Management (HCM) and UAB Public Health programs.

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UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative awarded $5.8M for MS research

UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative awarded $5.8M for MS research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved a $5.8 million grant over the next four years to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions’ James Rimmer, Ph.D., to fund a study to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.

Rimmer, who is director of the UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative, where the study is headquartered, and Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the UAB School of Health Professions, is a pioneer in exercise and disability research, and was recently awarded more than $10 million for research in this area by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Kevin Wang, Biotechnology, is first INTO UAB graduate

Kevin Wang, Biotechnology, is first INTO UAB graduate

After completing his master’s degree in just three semesters, Kevin Wang graduated Saturday, Aug. 12, as the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s first INTO UAB graduate.

Wang, of Taiwan, joined the UAB School of Health Professions’ biotechnology program as an INTO UAB student in fall 2016. He came to UAB with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. He will walk in the university’s commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Bartow Arena.

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Alex Cody, PA student, named PAEA Student Health Policy Fellow

Alex Cody, PA student, named PAEA Student Health Policy Fellow

Alex Cody, a second-year student in the UAB School of Health Professions' Physician Assistant Studies program, has been selected by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for the Student Health Policy Fellowship. This is a three-day intensive workshop where fellows will develop skills in three areas:

  • Advocacy – learn how the legislative process works and how to become effective advocates.
  • Leadership – build and refine skills to organize and lead others.
  • Health Care Environment – develop understanding of the role of PAEA and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in advancing health policy.

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UAB Health System names Deborah Grimes, MSHQS alumna, inaugural CDO

UAB Health System names Deborah Grimes, MSHQS alumna, inaugural CDO

Deborah Grimes, RN, JD, CHC, CPHQ, alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety program, has been named the UAB Health System’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Grimes, who serves as Associate Vice President Quality / Chief Compliance Officer at UAB Hospital, began her new appointment on April 1, 2017.

An article from the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), said that in her 25 years’ experience in healthcare she has “demonstrated her passion and commitment to equity and inclusion by working with diversity professionals across the University.”

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UAB faculty, alumni earn top national APTA awards

UAB faculty, alumni earn top national APTA awards

David Morris, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). The FAPTA honor is the association’s highest category of membership reserved for physical therapists who have “demonstrated unwavering efforts to advance the physical therapy profession.”

Morris, who serves as professor and chair of the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, joins David Brown, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, program director, Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences program, and Emeritus faculty member Dorothy (Dot) Pinkston, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, as the only current FAPTA members in the UAB School of Health Professions.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham receives Oculus Award at 12th Annual Envision Conference

GLENDALE, Ariz.—The 12th annual Envision Conference, presented by Envision, is now underway at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa. Mark Humayun, MD, PhD—the co-inventor of the Argus II and 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation—provided the keynote on July 27, discussing the genesis of the Argus II and the importance of innovation in addressing vision loss. Argus II is the world’s first FDA-approved retinal prosthesis designed to restore functional sight to those with complete retinal blindness.

The Opening Plenary Session included the presentation of the annual Envision Oculus Award to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in acknowledgement of its low vision rehabilitation graduate certificate program in occupational therapy. The Oculus award honors an individual(s) or organization whose career or program has had a national or international impact for people who are blind or low vision through professional collaboration, advocacy, research or education.

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