UAB School of Health Professions Current News

SHP leads UAB’s Habitat for Humanity efforts

Habitat for Humanity home dedicationHabitat for Humanity home dedicationVolunteers from the UAB School of Health Professions helped build a Habitat for Humanity home that was dedicated today in Pratt City. The home, built for La’Tasha, Lyric and Alexis Willis, was part of a joint partnership between Habitat and the UAB Benevolent Fund. Of the 400 volunteers from UAB, more than 120 came from the SHP.

“I am very grateful for the leadership and support that SHP has provided related to volunteers helping to build the house,” said Lisa Higginbotham, program manager, UAB Benevolent Fund. “SHP has a history of strong support of the Benevolent Fund and our UAB community. It’s a true example of leadership by example from the top down starting with your Dean, Dr. Harold Jones, flowing through the faculty and staff to the students.”

SEE MORE: Habitat for Humanity dedication photo album

Students that volunteered included 14 from the Department of Nutrition Sciences, 17 from the Department of Occupational Therapy and 42 from the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Physician Assistant program. There were also 51 volunteers from SHP faculty, staff and their families.

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Kitchin is a featured actress in latest BFT production

Beth Kitchin, a featured actress in "Ghost-Writer"Beth Kitchin, a featured actress in "Ghost-Writer"Chew on this – Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D., best known as UAB’s nutrition expert, is a featured actress in the Birmingham Festival Theatre production of “Ghost-Writer.” In the play, novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, yet his secretary Myra (played by Kitchin), continues to type saying she is simply finishing his novel.

Is she taking dictation from the great beyond? Finishing the novel herself? Or does she possess some gift nobody understands? No spoiler alert here – you will need to see the production to find out.

“Ghost-Writer” featuring Kitchin, David Seale (as Woolsley) and Ellise Mayor (as Woolsley’s widow) can be seen Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. from Nov. 6 through 22 at the BFT located at 1901 ½ 11th Avenue South in Birmingham.

This is not Kitchin’s first taste of the theatre or a featured role. Since 1995 she has appeared in more than 30 plays across the state of Alabama including most recently “Beauty of the Father,” “Harold and Maude,” “Death and the Maiden” and “Anna in the Tropics.” Kitchin is an assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Nutrition. She hosts the UAB Nutrition Trends Facebook page and appears regularly on Fox 6 WBRC’s Good Day Alabama.

Gilbert 1st UAB PT student elected President of APTA Student Assembly

APTA StudentsUAB PT students at APTA National Student ConclaveFred Gilbert, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy second-year student, has been elected president of the American Physical Therapy Association Student Assembly Board of Directors. He is the first UAB student ever elected to the assembly's top office.

Gilbert (pictured right, holding "n"), who was elected at this weekend's APTA National Student Conclave, told the assembly he will “transform the student assembly by optimizing involvement to improve the student experience.”

Dhara Shah, another second-year UAB PT student, joins Gilbert on the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors as a student (SPT) delegate. She is also the first UAB student to hold that national office. In her statement to the assembly Shah (pictured right, holding "s") said she will conduct webinars and more in her efforts to make sure “ALL students can be involved in legislative decisions.”

The APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors were elected at the National Student Conclave which was held October 30 – November 1, 2014, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gilbert and Shah will serve the 2014-2015 term.

Beth Curry to receive UAB Physical Therapy Alumni Leadership Award

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.

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PA students help Kid Check Plus

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.

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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 ‘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

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.

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