Hernandez, Celaya tapped to lead growing International Education program
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Dean Jones visits Turkey; talks potential collaboration
Group Shot TurkeyUAB leadership team in TurkeyThe first Bosphorus Bridge, which spans the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, is literally the bridge from Europe to Asia. It connects Ortaköy, on the European side, and Beylerbeyi, on the Asian side. And as Turkey works on a third Bosphorus Bridge today, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) works on its own bridge with Turkey.

In May 2013, UAB sent a powerhouse group to Turkey to spend 10 days with leaders in education, research and health clinical services. The UAB team included Harold Jones, Ph.D., dean, UAB School of Health Professions; William Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO, UAB Health System; Richard Marchase, Ph.D., vice president for research and economic development; Linda Lucas, Ph.D., provost, UAB; Max Michael, M.D., dean, UAB School of Public Health; and Linda Moneyham, senior associate dean for academic affairs, UAB School of Nursing.

Globalization 2003 shp student with child momThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions has a long history of cross-cultural international collaboration. Our leaders, faculty members and students have worked and volunteered on nearly every continent in the world.

In the 2003 edition of Spectrum, the former School of Health Professions Magazine, an article entitled "Globalization: Education Without Borders" documented our team's work in China, Ecuador and Sweden.

In the 2008 edition of the School of Health Professions Magazine, the article "International Incidents: SHP Research and Education Across the Globe" delved into our team's work in Africa with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and touched on our relationships with Great Britain, India and Puerto Rico.

To look at photos from SHP's international work please visit the SHP Flickr "Sets" page.

Whether our team is training health care administrators or administrating care to children - the School of Health Professions impact is felt around the world. Welcome to SHP Global.

Bickel volunteers to teach PT to Chinese health care workers

China PT trip 8-2011-2Bickel works with Chinese health care workersUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) alumni Tom and Janet Hicks began working in China as physicians in 1996. They have seen steady progress in the quality of care provided during the past 15 years, but there is much more that needs to be done — especially in physical therapy.

So the Hickses invited a team of physicians, nurses and other health-care providers to China. As a result, an interdisciplinary team of eight people — six with UAB ties — spent a week in Lanzhou, China, this past summer. Part of their mission was to teach physical therapy techniques to health-care providers at a hospital and nursing home. They also lectured on the state of practice in trauma/burns ICU, pediatric critical care and laparoscopic surgery.

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2003 edition of Spectrum, the former magazine of the UAB School of Health Professions. Dale Short wrote the original version.

Globalization 2003 shp student with child momIn a Chinese village, a man with emphysema receives life-giving oxygen from a respiratory therapist. In Ecuador, a woman receives trauma surgery after a fall. In Sweden, an elderly man recovering from a stroke gets help with his daily exercise routine from a young physical therapist.

What do these three patients have in common? All of them, without knowing it, are being touched by the outreach of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions (SHP). At a time when the concept of “globalization” is a driving force in world affairs—from society to economics to politics—SHP is working to strengthen and expand its ties with health-care professionals in other countries, from underserved populations to innovators in high-tech treatment delivery.

“Our school has a long history of involvement in international health-care education,” says Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Professions. “Our efforts began in the 1980s under the leadership of [former Dean] Keith Blayney, with partnerships in China and the Middle East, and have grown to include Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, South America, and other parts of the world. In fact, we were one of the first health-professions to become involved internationally. Now we’re refocusing our efforts to take advantage of new opportunities.”

Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2008 edition of the UAB School of Health Professions magazine. It was titled: International Incidents: SHP Research and Education Across the Globe. Cary Estes wrote the original version.

ZambiaIn the southern Africa country of Zambia, progress over the past few years has been gauged by the reduction of traffic jams. In this case, traffic jams caused by the staggering number of deaths --- and the ensuing slow-moving, road-clogging funeral processions --- as a result of HIV/AIDS.

Nearly 100,000 people in Zambia died from HIV/AIDS in 2005, according to the 2006 United Nations report on the global AIDS epidemic. More recent data are not yet available, but University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) nutrition scientist Douglas C. Heimburger, M.D., says the smoother traffic flow is an indicator that the situation is improving.

“Death rates from AIDS are decreasing,” says Heimburger, who spent six months in Zambia in 2006 and has made two other visits to the country. “The traffic is better because there are not as many funerals. People can get their kids to school on time and get in to work. There are a lot of really good things happening over there.”

Group Pic WebExecutive Doctor of Science team in BrazilStudents in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services program spent four days in April 2013, studying the Brazilian health care system. This was the program’s first trip to a South American country and it included intensive lectures, discussions and tours.

The host institution was Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR). The university is located in Curitiba, the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Paraná. PUCPR has a long-standing relationship with UAB that includes collaboration for several years on tobacco cessation research.

“The smoking cessation program was the most rewarding thing I saw. They had teamwork, compassion and excitement for what they do every day,” said Polly Davenport, Class 3, CEO of Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore. “It is a very good place to go get care and they understand they are not going to impact outcomes unless they get a handle on these primary care issues.”