MSHA Class 49 workingMSHA Class 49 volunteeringThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Master of Science in Health Administration Class 49 recently spent an afternoon volunteering with Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center. The class took a few hours to paint one of Glenwood’s community residential facilities.

“We have been fortunate over the years to have UAB Occupational Therapy students share their knowledge with us but this is the first time MSHA students volunteered and they did a tremendous job painting,” said Sherri Van Pelt, vice president of development & communications for Glenwood. “Volunteers, no matter what their expertise or skill is, make a tremendous difference in our campus and our services so we welcome everyone interested in helping others.”

MSHA Class 49 volunteersMSHA Class 49 volunteersEach year this program within the UAB School of Health Professions hosts the MSHA Classic Golf Tournament and the first-year class chooses a beneficiary. MSHA Class 49 chose Glenwood because they serve a wide range of people, from children to adults, with autism spectrum disorders and other behavioral health needs.

“This was our first semester together as a class so volunteering has been a great way for us to bond, plus, volunteering is a valuable learning experience to incorporate into our educational experience,” said Hannah Norton, Class 49 vice president of philanthropy. “Once we finished the project it was amazing to see how only three hours of our time could make such a difference. During our time at UAB we will be volunteering at many other places and I am excited to see what is in store for all of us.”

Van Pelt added that she knows the caliber of UAB MSHA students and she hopes that one or more will one day join the Glenwood team as they work to bring real world solutions for ASD and behavioral health issues to the Birmingham community and the state of Alabama.

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