Beth CurryBeth Curry, 2014 UAB PT Alumni Leadership AwardThe UAB Department of Physical Therapy announces Beth Curry is the recipient of their 2014 Alumni Leadership Award. Curry, who earned a Masters of Physical Therapy from UAB in 1984, currently serves as Chief Program Officer (CPO) for Lakeshore Foundation.

Curry was selected for her leadership as a long-time rehabilitation administrator, her many years of service to the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy and her active role in developing programs that promote fitness and wellness for individuals with disabilities.

Past winners of this award include Nancy White, Beth Whitehead, Sheree York, Rick Clendaniel, David Morris, Betty Denton and Ellen Strunk.

“A lot of wonderful, effective and influential people have graduated from UAB’s PT program so this means a lot to be included among the ranks of people that I respect,” said Curry.

PA KidCheckPlusUAB PA program's Davis, Smith, Hartsfield, McGilvray and ChanceStudents from the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Physician Assistant program provided medical screenings for underserved children as part of the KidCheck Plus program.

The PA students, all serving pediatric rotations this year, are William Davis, Courtney Smith, Erin Hartsfield and Emily Chance.

As part of this inter-professional screening, the PA students worked with residents from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Optometry. One student from each would form a group and perform a head-to-toe screening of a child.

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.”

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.

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 ‘12

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
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.

james rimmerWritten by Bob Shepard, UAB News

Two members of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative took part in the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities, that was held Oct. 6-7, 2014, in Washington, D.C. 

The summit and research forum were 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, made presentations at the event.

The purpose of the summit was 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.

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

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!
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.