UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Panel led by Garvey sets framework to combat obesity epidemic

Written by Bob Shepard

tim garveyW. Timothy Garvey, M.D.Calling it the most under-reimbursed major disease in America, two endocrinology societies announced an evidence-based, multidimensional, comprehensive framework to combat the nation’s obesity epidemic today. Meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology Consensus Conference of Obesity: Building an Evidence Base for Comprehensive Action laid out a plan of attack. The conference featured obesity thought-leaders representing public and private stakeholders, part of a year’s long effort to identify the myriad issues surrounding the epidemic of obesity and the necessary steps for solving it.

“Key findings include the need for an improved definition of obesity, high-quality research that includes evaluation of a complications-centric clinical approach to obesity and better understanding of reimbursement mechanisms,” said conference chair W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., professor and chair of the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Nutrition Sciences.

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3 with SHP ties win UAB Outstanding Woman Honors

UAB Outstanding WomenUAB Outstanding Women: pictured L/R are Stephanie Meadows, Emily Dhurandhar, Connie Bonds and Aisha ReganThree women with ties to the UAB School of Health Professions, along with three other local women, were honored as part of the UAB Outstanding Women for 2014 ceremony on Thursday, March 13 in the UAB Alumni House.

Connie Bonds, administrative supervisor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, received the Outstanding Woman Staff Member Award; Emily Dhurandhar, with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, received the Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Fellow Award; and Aisha Regan, a student in the Healthcare Management program, received the Outstanding Woman Undergraduate Student Award.

Here are their stories from the UAB Reporter:

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Force behind success of Lakeshore Foundation kicks off UAB book series

Stephens Smith JonesMichael Stephens, Anita Smith, Dean Harold JonesMichael E. Stephens, driving force behind the Lakeshore Foundation, kicked off the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions 2013-2014 “Rebuilding Bodies and Restoring Lives: Learning in Context” book discussion series. Stephens was joined by veteran journalist Anita Smith whose book “Sports Rehabilitation and the Human Spirit” inspired the event. The discussion, co-sponsored by the SHP Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Success, was held at UAB Cudworth Hall Auditorium in December and attended by more than 200 students and dozens of faculty.

UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., moderated a spirited discussion with Stephens and Smith that touched on the history of the Lakeshore Foundation as well as the tremendous work Lakeshore is doing today to help American soldiers injured in combat return to service and to life.

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200 Students Compete at Case Competition

1st place - UNC Chapel Hill1st place - UNC Chapel HillThe University of Alabama at Birmingham recently hosted the 8th annual Health Administration Case Competition. The 2014 event, held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - Wynfrey Hotel, was attended by more than 200 graduate students from across the United States and Canada.

The winner, for the second year in a row, was the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC trio finished number one after a two-round competition covering a proposal by a hospice care provider looking to expand a cutting-edge "Telecaring" initiative. The Case Competition is designed to be a capstone experience providing students an opportunity to work a real-life, real-time case.

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MSHA alumnus Phillips named BBJ Top 40 Under 40

heath-phillipsHeath Phillips - photo courtesy BBJHeath Phillips, CEO of HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital and alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

The publication says Phillips "is the youngest – by far – CEO at any of HealthSouth’s more than 100 hospitals." They go on to say he leads "the company’s flagship hospital, which has been nationally recognized for its clinical outcomes and far outpaces industry averages in several key metrics."

Phillips, age 31, earned a Master of Science in Health Administration (Class 40) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008. The UAB MSHA program is ranked 5th in the country for best healthcare management graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.

UAB student discusses genetic testing at Rare Disease Symposium

Emily WakefieldEmily Wakefield presentation, Rare Disease DayUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham graduate student Emily Wakefield, a second-year in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsGenetic Counseling program, addressed an audience of rare disease patients, along with their family, friends and care givers, about the benefits, limitations and fears of genetic testing.
February 28, 2014, marks the seventh worldwide Rare Disease Day and Wakefield’s remarks came at UAB’s Rare Disease Symposium. This is the first year UAB has celebrated the international event. Rare diseases are categorized as those that affect fewer than 200,000 people.

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Rimmer named to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board

james rimmer LakeshoreJames Rimmer, Ph.D.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s James Rimmer, Ph.D., the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. He is the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the prestigious post.

“There is a lack of representation of people with disabilities across the spectrum of health, wellness, exercise and nutrition and I believe society is starting to recognize the value that exercise and good nutrition have on improving the health of every member of society, including those with the least access to it,” said Rimmer, a professor in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy. “This administration has a tremendous interest in physical activity, sports, recreation and obesity reduction so this is a good time for people with disabilities to get on board the train.”

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MSHA alumnus Davis named BBJ Top 40 Under 40

andy-davisAndy Davis - photo courtesy BBJThe Birmingham Business Journal has named Andy Davis, president and chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Birmingham and a UAB School of Health Professions alumnus, to their 2014 Top 40 Under 40.

The BBJ article calls Davis, who was promoted from COO to president and COO in August 2011, "one of the most respected leaders in the organization." They go on to credit Davis "with growing efficiency, leading significant recruiting efforts and boosting patient satisfaction at the hospital."

Davis, age 37, earned a Master of Science in Health Administration (Class 34) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001. The UAB MSHA program is ranked 5th in the country for best healthcare management graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.

HIM, MSHI alumna Dover named BBJ Top 40 Under 40

kayce-doverKayce Dover - photo courtesy BBJKayce Dover, CEO of HIM Connections and UAB School of Health Professions double alumna, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

The BBJ article says Dover, who started her company "from scratch while raising two young sons," is described by nominators as "a fireball of talent, energy, focus and success."

Dover, age 39, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (1997) and a Master of Science in Health Informatics (2002) from UAB SHP. Her company, HIM Connections, is a recruitment and staffing firm. The company specializes in locating credentialed and experienced Health Information Management professionals for hospitals.

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