UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Two leaders tapped by SHP to lead growing International Education program

Saudi EMSHA Graduation HernandezHernandez at UAB's Saudi EMSHA GraduationThe UAB School of Health Professions announces two new leadership roles in the Department of Health Services Administration’s growing international education initiatives.

S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, was appointed director of International Education on August 1, 2014, and Leandra Celaya, MSc, was appointed director of operations of the International Education Programs and the Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services October 1, 2014.

“I am pleased to announce these new appointments that recognize the outstanding continuing contributions of Dr. Hernandez and Ms. Celaya and our rapidly expanding involvement in leading healthcare management educational initiatives around the world. Dr. Hernandez has a well-established record in international healthcare management education and is an internationally-recognized leader in the field,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “Leandra Celaya has rapidly established herself as a School and University leader in global education and is a growing presence in the world of international healthcare education.”

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UAB team wins national title at Acura College Alumni Team Championship

Lambert Young Rice DornerLambert, Young, Rice, Dorner: Acura Gross Division ChampsA team of golfers representing the University of Alabama at Birmingham won the Gross Division title at the 5th annual Acura College Alumni Team Championship. The team of Taylor Dorner, Jake Lambert, Kyle Rice and Logan Young, who qualified by winning the 9th annual MSHA Classic, carded a two-day total of 268 to beat Iowa State by one stroke.

The Acura Championship, played at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course which will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships, featured teams from 60 Division I universities representing 13 NCAA Conferences.

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2014 SHP Alumni Awards

Inaugural Alumni Awards CeremonyInaugural SHP Alumni Awards CeremonyThe inaugural UAB School of Health Professions Alumni Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

As part of the ceremony, the School unveiled the new "Why We Stay Connected" video. It features alumni from every department in SHP discussing the impact UAB had on their lives and why they continue to give back to their programs.

The evening was capped off by the celebration of SHP alumni and the recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions. Please click on the award winner's name for a full bio and photo.

Distinguished Alumni Award:
*inductees join the "Fab 40 Alumni" class


Kim C. Bush, Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, ‘76

John B. McWhorter, III, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ’85 and Doctor of Science in Administration-Health Services ‘13

Thomas D. Miller, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘84

Michael D. Williams, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘81

Dale M. Yake, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, ‘92

Young Alumni Achievement Award:

Sarah S. Dudley, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘10

Alumni Service Award:

Leslie Simms, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, ‘06 and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, ‘07

Jennifer Taylor, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, ‘06 and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, ‘07

Gower article looks at study on low carb diets and diabetes

Barbara GowerBarbara Gower, Ph.D.Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Nutrition Sciences, recently reviewed a paper that provides 12 points of evidence to support low carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes for the Egg Nutrition Center’s Nutrition Research Update.

In her analysis, titled Low Carbohydrate Diets for Treatment of Diabetes, Gower looks at an article titled “Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base” that is currently in press at the journal Nutrition. The article, which she co-authored, has 26 authors. One of her conclusions in the ENC newsletter is that their study “is notable because the twelve points are not particularly radical and, in some ways, are common sense.” In the newsletter article, Gower lists out the 12 points and dissects each.

In November, Gower is in Boston to present on two separate findings from research not related to the above article. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, she will present “Beneficial effects of high-amylose maize resistant starch (HAM-RS2) in insulin-resistant women.” And on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, she will present “A high-fat breakfast enhances 24-h fat oxidation in older adults.” Both of Gower’s presentations will occur at The Obesity Society’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Rimmer, Rauworth to present at White House summit on disability

james rimmerWritten by Bob Shepard, UAB News

Two members of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative will take part in the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities, on Oct. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. 

The summit and research forum are presented by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences James Rimmer, Ph.D., and Amy Rauworth, director of policy and public affairs for Lakeshore Foundation, will make presentations at the event.

The purpose of the summit is to share best practices for implementation of the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! program in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and community-based settings, and to encourage stakeholders to commit to disability inclusion in physical activity, nutrition and obesity programs. The summit will be webcast live from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Monday, Oct. 6, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. EDT.

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#UABSHP - Homecoming Social Media Campaign

Top of the World is Blazer Country! #UABSHPDean of SHP, Harold P. Jones, Ph.D.
#TopOfTheWorld is Blazer Country! #UABSHP
This is Blazer Country! #UABSHP

Say it loud, say it proud, say it on social media!

The UAB School of Health Professions has launched a homecoming social media campaign to show the world we have more spirit and more pride than any other School on campus.

Here are some people who have set the tone for this event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uab_shp/sets/72157648331869205/

Want to join them? It only takes four simple steps:
  1. Print out the Blazer Country sign.
  2. Write-in where Blazer Country is for you.
  3. Take a photo holding the Blazer Country sign.
  4. Post on your favorite social media site using #UABSHP
Happy posting!

AHIMA honors Slovensky, Hicks for Outstanding Contributions

Slovensky AHIMA 01Donna Slovensky, PH.D.
AHIMA Literacy Legacy Award
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) honored two University of Alabama at Birmingham alumnae at its annual AHIMA Triumph Awards ceremony. Donna J. Slovensky, Ph.D., RHIA, FAHIMA, received the Literacy Legacy Award and Joan C. Hicks, MSHI, RHIA, received the Innovation Award.

The AHIMA awards recognize excellence, dedication and service of health information management (HIM) professionals who have made significant contributions to the field.

LITERACY LEGACY AWARD: Slovensky, professor and associate dean, Academic and Student Affairs, UAB School of Health Professions, and administrative director, Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate, has been selected as a Literacy Legacy Award winner for the numerous book chapters and journals she has authored and edited. Slovensky is currently engaged as a co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Healthcare Management Research. She has collaborated with several colleagues on projects during her 30-plus year career.

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One business, more than 30 UAB PT alumni

DSC 0028Steve Foster ('80) has more than 30 years of physical therapy experience.*This story originally appeared on the UAB National Alumni Society website

UAB alumni share success as TherapySouth and Godspeed collaborate on a unique business model.  Both Birmingham-area businesses benefit from the concept they are working together on.

It started as a vision. Steve Foster (PT, LAT ’80) wanted something where he could help younger physical therapists grow in a highly competitive industry.

“It’s hard to go out and open a single clinic and compete,” Foster said about the competition.

Foster knows what it takes to be successful in the industry. After graduating from UAB he worked for Physicians Physical Therapy before forming an out-patient private practice physical therapy company. He had that company for 13 years.

With the knowledge that he gathered, Foster worked on getting those younger physical therapists help they often needed.

“By giving therapists an opportunity like this, it can also increase their motivation to work harder because it’s something they can call their own,” Foster said.

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Nestlé, UAB and Woodlawn Foundation team up for early childhood nutrition education

NUW Family 02In response to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, Nestlé, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions and Woodlawn Foundation have come together to create the NUW Early Childhood Nutrition Program.

This public-private partnership, which is an evidence-based, unbranded educational program, will kick off in the Woodlawn community of Birmingham on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Social Venture, 5529 First Avenue South. The objective is to educate parents, caregivers and students about early childhood nutrition as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

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