Kilgore MHFA 01Kilgore teaching MHFA at Firehouse ShelterJames “Rick” Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C, assistant professor in the School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, taught the first in a series of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) classes to the Firehouse Shelter staff and volunteers in May.

Kilgore implemented this program in Birmingham as part of the Physician Assistant Foundation’s Mental Health Outreach Fellows program. He is 1 of only 16 Physician Assistants chosen for the fellowship to conduct outreach in communities as trainers using the validated Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum.

“My goal is to equip those individuals who on a daily basis come into contact with individuals who utilize the services of the Firehouse Shelter with the skills to recognize individuals who may be experiencing a mental health condition and connect them with the needed services,” said Kilgore. “The program emphasizes awareness of a potential mental health problem, listening nonjudgmentally, giving the individual reassurance, and encouraging both professional and self-help. This approach – called ALGEE – can be utilized for the majority of mental health related issues.”

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Yenni Cedillo, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ PhD in Nutrition Sciences program, earned a poster award from the Research in Diverse Population Section of The Obesity Society (TOS).

Cedillo’s abstract was part of the 7th annual Diversity Tour which is designed to highlight work in the field of obesity that includes a focus on diverse populations. For the honor, she was also invited to deliver an oral presentation about her poster, titled “Differences in Allostatic Load by Length of Residence and Gender among Foreign-born Hispanics,” at the TOS conference held in Washington, D.C.

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Gavin Jenkins, Ph.D., has been named chair of the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy. Jenkins, whose research interests include assistive technology, pedagogical affect, learning performance, and the influence of green spaces and built environment on occupational participation, has worked and researched in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Jenkins, who joined the School of Health Professions as an occupational therapy faculty member in 2008, was named program director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program in 2015. The program is currently ranked in the top 25 programs nationally by the U.S. News & World Report.

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The UAB Center for Disability Health and Rehabilitation Science (DHARS) hosted the 2nd annual DHARS Symposium in Birmingham on May 18, 2018. The theme of the event was “Optimizing Health, Function and Participation in Children and Adults with Disabilities.” The daylong symposium, which was free and open to everyone, included in-depth panel discussions and featured three nationally recognized keynote speakers:

  • Diane Damiano, PT, PhD- Chief of Functional & Applied, Biomechanics Section, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Ken Ottenbacher. OT, PhD- Professor & Director, Rehabilitation Sciences; Professor, Internal Medicine; Professor, Occupational Therapy; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
  • Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD- Professor, Neurology, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine; Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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shp new mastersThe University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions announced today that it has created an accelerated master’s 4+1 program with Miles College — a historically black college located in Fairfield, Alabama.

Each year, UAB’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program will accept a select number of students in Miles’ Computer and Information Sciences or Management Information Systems undergraduate programs for this new initiative. The initial students will begin the accelerated program in the fall 2018 semester.

This is UAB’s first partnership with a historically black college or university for an accelerated master’s program.

simulation class shpThe UAB School of Health Professions recently gained approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees to launch a new Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation program.

The degree program is designed to prepare students to lead within organizations using simulation to improve quality of care and impact patient outcomes. An entirely online program, students will have the flexibility to complete their degrees while working full time.

“My vision for this program is to develop leaders in the use of simulation to improve the care we provide to our patients,” said Michelle Brown, program director. “There is a growing number of simulation centers throughout the country and we want to help ensure leaders in those centers are prepared to serve a diverse group of students and healthcare professionals.”

Students will receive a strong foundation in simulation as an educational methodology as well as evidence-based quality and patient safety strategies.

cahiim accredited sealThe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program is one of only 11 Health Informatics (HI) programs in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation through CAHIIM is the highest achievable education and curriculum standard available for MSHI programs.

The CAHIIM accreditors noted strengths of a well-connected program director and advisory board. They also pointed out the program’s relationships with a diverse number of programs within the department and with the world-renowned UAB Health System and School of Medicine.

“Accreditation is an important and significant undertaking,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, UAB Department of Health Services Administration. “We are thrilled that the hard work and determination of the faculty and staff in the MSHI Program have been rewarded with this milestone.”

Williams serving in Key WestWilliams serving in Key WestRodgerick Williams, alumnus of the Department of Health Services Administration’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management program and Master of Science in Health Administration (Executive), is the winner of the 2017 UAB School of Health Professions’ Alumni Service Award.

The award is given annually to SHP alumni who demonstrate continuing extraordinary service. Williams has done this regularly to UAB as well as the local, state and national level.

“Service is essential to health care leadership and Rodgerick exemplifies service in everything he does,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration. “He is a great role model for current and future students.”


Harold Jones Donna Martin Carleton RiversDonna S. Martin, a 1977 graduate of what was then the UAB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics program, is the UAB School of Health Professions’ 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Martin becomes only the 48th person to earn the highest honor awarded to our alumni – a number that is even more impressive when you consider we have more than 18,000 graduates in our history.

“I am so humbled to receive this award, from such a prestigious institution, one that has given me the knowledge and skills to allow me to do something I love,” said Martin, director, Burke County (Georgia) School Nutrition Program and president, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). “I am so grateful to have a job where I am able to make a difference in the lives of children every day.”