Schweitzer logoThe Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) supports graduate students committed to becoming individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved populations, and whose example influences and inspires others.

Improving Health, Developing Leaders, Creating Change

This year, the Alabama ASF chapter will select up to 16 local graduate students from multiple schools and health related disciplines, each of whom designs and implements their own 200-hour community service projects addressing local unmet health needs and the social determinants of health.

Fellows develop as lifelong leaders in service through a year-long program of leadership development training, peer reflection, and mentoring. The Fellowship is open to students enrolled in a professional degree program at the time of application and through the 2016-2017 school year. Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend.


Applications are due January 22nd. You may complete a Partner Application Form or Single Application Form online.

For more information about the program visit

Please contact Kristin Boggs, Program Director with any questions – or 205-934-9212.
Eric RobinsonEric Robinson addresses MSHA Class 50 & 51Eric Robinson, CEO of Natchez Community Hospital, a 101 licensed bed general acute care facility in Natchez, Mississippi, and Natchez Regional Medical Center, a 179 bed general acute care hospital, spoke to the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Class 51 about career progression, networking and more on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Robinson, a member of MSHA Class 38, previously served as COO at Biloxi (Mississippi) Regional Medical Center; CEO of Select Specialty Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi; and Director of Operations / Special Projects at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

SEE MORE: the photo gallery of Robinson's appearance are on the SHP Flickr page

READ MORE: in late 2014, the Natchez Democrat posted an article about Robinson's promotion
MSHA Can Collection 03A huge thank you to everyone for making the School of Health Professions' 2015 Canned Food Drive a heavy success.

Nearly 550 pounds of food was donated by faculty, staff and students from programs across the School. A total of 315 cans and other food items found their way into the giant Blaze that was housed on the 6th floor of SHPB for two weeks.

The two winning programs were the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and the new Biomedical and Health Sciences program. Together, the two programs collected 197 of the 315 donated items.

MSHA Can Collection 04Another thank you to the students in the MSHA Class 51, particularly Seth Bynum and Heather Hubbs, for managing the event, gathering the donations and tracking the giving. The food was delivered to the Christian Service Mission of Birmingham where they will be distributed to families in need. The CSM is the Class' chosen philanthropy organization.

Again - thank you to everyone for your generosity and kindness!
Heather Dexter, MSHA Class 32Heather Dexter, MSHA Class 32Heather Dexter, MSHA Class 32, has been named chief executive officer of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Previously she served as their Chief Operating Officer.

"Heather is an inspiring leader whose vision and expertise have greatly contributed to the success of Emory Saint Joseph's," said Emory Healthcare President Dane Peterson in a release on the hospital's website. "In her new role, Heather's extensive knowledge of both the health care landscape and Emory Saint Joseph's is a tremendous asset as she continues to serve our patients, their families, our staff and physicians."

Dexter began her career at Saint Joseph's Hospital in 1998 as an administrative resident. Since then, she has served as interim director in both Human Resources and Radiology; division director in Clinical Services; vice president of Planning, Development and Allied Health; and vice president of Surgical Services and Planning before becoming COO in 2011. She also served as executive project manager during the Joint Operating Company process between Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Healthcare.

Dexter earned her Master of Science in Health Administration from the UAB School of Health Professions in 1997. Her promotion was effective October 23, 2015.
Can DriveThe School of Health Professions is hosting a Canned Food Drive competition from Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 20, 2015.

The Master of Science in Health Administration Class 51 is administering the competition. They will provide programs with boxes to collect the cans and they will tally results on a daily basis. Throughout the competition, the standings will be posted on the SHP Facebook page so programs will know where they stand.

Watch Blaze's Belly Grow

At the end of each day, after the totals have been tallied, the MSHA students will take the cans to the 6th floor of SHPB where they will be stored in the giant Blaze in front of the Dean's office. We encourage you to not only watch Blaze's belly grow, but to of course donate and force Blaze's belly to grow!

All proceeds will be donated to the Christ Health Center, which is the MSHA Class 51's philanthropy organization, and distributed through the Dream Center in Woodlawn.
Elizabeth MaElizabeth Ma, MSTP student and NORC fellowElizabeth Ma, an MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and a fellow in the UAB Nutritional Obesity Research Center’s (NORC) Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research program, is the winner of two national awards for her abstract titled “Urinary F2-Isoprostanes Do Not Reflect Oxidative Stress Operative in Human Insulin Resistance, but are Correlated with Lean Mass and Serum Lipids.”

The first award, sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is 2nd prize for the annual abstract competition from The Obesity Society (TOS) Obesity & Cancer (O&C) Section in the category of Student Investigator. The O&C Section promotes the prevention and management of cancer – with a focus on how obesity affects cancer risk – as well as educational strategies to disseminate findings to both the scientific community and the public. Elizabeth will present her work at the O&C Section meeting held in Los Angeles on November 5, 2015, where she will be awarded by Dr. June Stevens, the AICR Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the other winners.

CLS Sim LabInside the CLS Sim LabUntil recently, the cotinine assay performed on all University Hospital patients prior to surgery used a blood serum sample. That changed last month, thanks to a partnership between SHP’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences program (CLS) and the UAB Hospital Laboratory.

“Our CLS students have contributed significant data needed to make a policy change in sample collection and handling for cotinine assays,” says Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., Chair of the UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS). Through their research, the CLS students concluded that a urine cotinine assay would produce the same results as the serum test, use a less invasive sample, and enhance turnaround time in getting results back to the physician. And faster results mean faster treatment for patients.

UAB PA CO 2015 PS Bham "Team Boss Lady"Recently the UAB Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 participated in PurpleStride Birmingham, a family-friendly 5K walk/run held by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in honor of the mother of PA student Carl A. Frizell.

Through their support, "Team Boss Lady" raised over $3,000 for the cause. Funds raised help provide personalized support for patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding. Frizell lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in 2011.

“A huge thank you goes out to my classmates of the UAB PA Program Class of 2015,” said Frizell. “Virtually all of them helped me raise funds and awareness for this devastating disease. In fact, more than a third of class has participated in PurpleStride Birmingham these past two years. I definitely have the world's best classmates and I cannot thank them enough for their commitment to the betterment of pancreatic cancer.”

Kidada Hawkins 240x300Kidada Hawkins named Shoals Hospital CEOKidada Hawkins, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB MSHA/MBA program, has been named chief executive officer of Shoals Hospital. Hawkins, a member of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration Class 41, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served and held leadership roles in every community he has lived.

His statement from Shoals Hospital's announcement says:

“What most attracted my family and me to the area was the warmth and friendliness of the people,” Mr. Hawkins said. “The openness of the community reminds us of Trussville, where we live now, and Munford, where I am from. My family and I live in Trussville now, and, in many ways, it’s similar to Florence and Muscle Shoals. Shoals Hospital is well-run, and there are opportunities to expand our capabilities. Further, I believe RegionalCare Hospital Partners has exciting plans for both ECM and Shoals hospitals, and I’m eager to be part of those plans.”