Cheri NippCheri Nipp, Low Vision alumna, Class of '12Cheri Nipp, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, a graduate of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsLow Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate program, has been named to a national task force that has been asked to more clearly define what best practice means in the implementation of programs that serve older individuals who are blind.

The task force, formed as part of a federal Training and Technical Assistance grant, was recently awarded to Mississippi State University. Nipp, who provides outpatient low vision rehabilitation services at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, was selected because of her collaborative efforts to bridge the gap between medical and vocational rehabilitation programs in the state.

The federal Training and Technical Assistance grant is funded through the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) program. The grant was awarded with intent of improving the administration, operations, and performance of programs for older adults funded through vocational rehabilitation.

You can learn more about Nipp in her UAB School of Health Professions Alumni Spotlight.
Chiasera Williams DuggerJanelle Chiasera, CDS Chair; Lamario Williams; Kari Dugger, BMD Program DirectorLamario Williams, an undergraduate student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsBiomedical Sciences program (BMD), was chosen as a recipient of a 2016 ASAHP Scholarship of Excellence.

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) awards the Scholarship of Excellence annually to 12 students across the nation who not only excel in their academic programs, but who also have significant potential to take on future leadership roles in health professions.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to have won this award with such a distinguished group of students," said Williams. "It gives me the confidence to know I can be a leader in the healthcare field as a physician scientist someday.”

Railroad ParkThe UAB School of Health Professions has 17 people, including Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2016 Who’s Who in Health Care.

The article highlights “key powerbrokers” that “you need to know in the Magic City’s medical world.”

Those with SHP ties on the list are:

AOTA LogoThe 2017 AOTA/NBCOT National Student Conclave will be held in Birmingham from November 3 – 4, 2017, marking the first time the American Occupational Therapy Association has hosted a national event in Alabama. Part of the draw is the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Occupational Therapy which is ranked 25th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and home to more than 200 occupational therapy students.

“Every Fall AOTA develops a National Student Conclave and while reasonable costs, from the host city, are important – just as important are support from the State Association and the local education program,” said Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, CMP, CAE, Director of Conferences, AOTA. “The UAB Occupational Therapy Department and the Alabama State OT Association (ALOTA) are going to be great partners in assisting AOTA in creating a wonderful program for the 2017 National Student Conclave.”

Anwar AlmutairiAnwar AlmutairiAnwar Almutairi, a second year student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPh.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, received a grant from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The APPT Grant Review Subcommittee recommended that Almutairi receive a $9,908 grant for her project titled “VORC: Vestibular and Oculomotor Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy.”  The funding is for the APPT Mentored Grant Competition.

The letter from Julia Looper, PT, Ph.D., chair of the APPT Research Grant Subcommittee said reviewers thought the grant “has a well though out and well-reasoned hypothesis” and “remarked that this line of research is relevant and important.”
Huacong WenHuacong Wen with her award-winning posterHuacong Wen, a second year PhD student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPh.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, was named winner of the Early Career Award for her poster at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference.

Her poster won the honor in the SCI-ISIG (Spinal Cord Injury - Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups) category. They only give two awards annually – Best Poster and Best Early Career Poster.

Wen is mentored by Yu-Ying Chen, MD, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
QEP ForumLynn Holt leads the QEP ForumThe UAB Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), designed to improve an aspect of student learning and, therefore, enhance the quality of education at UAB, held a seminar for all first-year students from the Biotechnology, Genetic Counseling, Nuclear Medicine, Health Physics, Clinical and Laboratory Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies programs.

More than 150 students from the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences gathered at Volker Hall for the event.

ICDI YCDI 01The UAB Department of Physical Therapy prides itself on being first.

·         1st in the region to start a PT program

·         1st in Birmingham to start a DPT program

·         1st in the region to be nationally ranked

It goes without saying that when the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition needed someone to launch the I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI YCDI) program in this area, UAB Physical Therapy was the first.

Bill ParkerBill Parker, UAB PA, Class of 1972Bill Parker, a 1972 graduate of the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program, has established the first endowed scholarship for the program. The Bill Parker Endowed Scholarship in Physician Assistant Studies will provide scholarships for current and future students – it will be awarded for the first time in the spring.

“When I came to UAB, I barely had enough money to eat,” said Parker. “The UAB community took a chance on me and they invested in me. That changed my life.”