The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Occupational Therapy's OT 673 and OT 674 classes consider Assistive Technology. When many people think of AT, they picture amazing advances like prosthetic limbs, optical character recognition (OCR) software or speech generating devices.

So when co-instructors Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L, and Gavin Jenkins, Ph.D., OTR/L, both assistant professors in the OT department, asked the class to build chairs – using only cardboard, paper, flour and water – as assistive devices. You can imagine what went through the students’ heads.

“I never thought that in OT graduate school I’d be building a chair using paper mache,” said a laughing Merry Grace Harper, an Entry-Level Occupational Therapy student.

Homecoming week at the University of Alabama at Birmingham saw the School of Health Professions walk away with at least 12 awards from various competitions held across campus.

HC Blaze RTBlaze visits RT labMonday, October 28, 2013: Homecoming week began with the Homecoming Kick-Off Breakfast sponsored by the Office of Student Success. More than 300 students, faculty and staff attended the event. This set the tone for the week around SHP and around UAB. At the event, free food and free coffee were only topped by the appearance of the UAB mascot Blaze. He spent an hour entertaining attendees and posing for pictures. Blaze also spent some time checking out all SHP has to offer. From the Physical Therapy labs to the Dean's Office - Blaze did it all. To see Blaze's entire journey click here.

2013.10.11 Ribbon CuttingMelanie Talbot Montgomery, Richard Margison, Donna Hamer, Dean Harold P. Jones, Jon Vice, Mike WilliamsOn Friday, Oct. 11, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) celebrated the new addition to the School of Health Professions Building. Richard Margison, UAB vice president financial affairs and administration, Suzanne Austin, UAB vice provost for student and faculty success and Eric Jack, Ph.D., dean of the Collat School of Business, joined the school Dean Dr. Harold P. Jones in a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the building located at 1705 University Blvd.

In attendance was Mike Williams, president and CEO of Community Hospital Corporation. He is a nationally renowned speaker of and advocate for the preservation of community hospitals. The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration alumnus, Class 14, co-chaired the SHP Building Campaign Committee because he understands the vital healthcare role played by the school and its students.

PA Gov Bentley webUAB PA program with Alabama Gov. Robert BentleyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Physician Assistant program sent ten students and faculty to a Physician Assistant Week proclamation ceremony in the Old House Chamber at the state Capitol. The proclamation, signed by Governor Robert Bentley earlier today, declares Oct. 6-12, 2013, PA Week in Alabama.

“Physicians assistants are vital to providing quality healthcare to the people of Alabama," said Governor Bentley. "They’re often the first point of contact for patients seeking treatment. I appreciate everything they do. They make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients.”

(To see the Governor's proclamation click here.)

Gerald GlandonGerald Glandon, Ph.D., professor and chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Health Services Administration (HSA), has been named president and chief executive officer of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Since Glandon’s arrival at UAB in 2001, the HSA department has continued to grow its seven, nationally prominent programs including its Masters of Science in Health Administration which is ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

“The fact that the AUPHA selected Jerry for this prestigious position is a testament to his personal leadership skills and the outstanding accomplishments that have occurred in the department during his twelve year tenure as department chair. His selection for this position is a reflection of AUPHA’s ongoing understanding and appreciation of the excellence of our programs and is an example of the field looking, once again, to the department for national and international leadership,” said Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., dean, UAB School of Health Professions. “We thank Jerry for his dedication and leadership and wish him the best as he enters the next chapter of his career.”

Super Hero Award MaryThe UAB Benevolent Fund awarded the School of Health Professions (SHP) the Super Hero Award for the second time in the award’s five-year history. The award, presented to an area with a strong campaign year after year, recognized the SHP for having 75 percent of employees donate to the fund with 65 percent of employees being continuous donors.

“I was so surprised we won, but I do know SHP is always at the top of the list when compared to other schools at UAB regarding dollars given and percent of givers,” said Mary Foster, who accepted the award for SHP (pictured, 2nd from right) and is a member of the 2013-14 Benevolent Fund Council. “I want to personally thank the entire faculty and staff in SHP; their dedication and ongoing participation helped us earn the Super Hero Award again.”

Super Hero Award 2013At the luncheon UAB’s Benevolent Fund announced that employees pledged $1,817,144 dollars to this year’s campaign.

To read a UAB News story about the UAB Benevolent Fund campaign celebration and luncheon click here. To watch a UAB News video from the luncheon click here.

The SHP has also won three other Benevolent Fund awards including 2007 Most Creative Campaign, 2009 Super Hero Award and 2011 Best Overall Campaign.
PAA recent vote by the Retirement Systems of Alabama/Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP) Board of Control adds physician assistants (PAs) as providers to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance policies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated the majority of Alabama counties as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), meaning there is one physician or less per 3,500 residents. The PEEHIP vote will increase access to quality medical care for those in medically underserved areas.

Cecilia GrahamCecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., the Bergman Pinkston Endowed Professor and associate professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, has been elected to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) nominating committee. She is one of five physical therapists in the U.S. serving on the committee.

"The nominating committee plays a critical role in identifying and fostering leaders of our association,” said Graham. “I am honored to be elected to this position and it is a privilege to be charged with this responsibility."

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

shp biomedical sciences majorThis new program, housed in the UAB School of Health Professions, leverages the strengths and expertise from faculty across campus to emphasize the study of life processes in the context of human health and disease risk, diagnosis, management and treatment.