Hernandez Distinguished AwardLemak, Hernandez with Distinguished Service Professor proclamationS. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. The position of Distinguished Service Professor is appointed by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees and recognizes a professor’s academic service to UAB and their international accomplishments.

“Bob was an early adopter of extending UAB’s reach beyond the United States and his dedication to improving healthcare around the world has helped place UAB on the international academic map,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “Today, he continues to have an unstinting dedication to UAB’s standards of excellence in all of his endeavors and he is a tremendous addition to this prestigious rank.”

Hernandez, an alumni of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program (Class 5), serves as director of the Doctoral Programs in Administration-Health Services, senior associate chair for Global Health in the Department of Health Services Administration and director of International Education for the School of Health Professions. He is also the founding director of the UAB Doctor of Science in Administration-Health Services program.

“I have been fortunate to have had wonderful colleagues here at UAB who have shared my interest in improving healthcare delivery not only in Alabama but throughout the world,” said Hernandez. “We have all benefitted from our work with international colleagues as we address complex problems that all healthcare systems face.”

AOM HCM Weech Maldonado FottlerWeech-Maldonado with Fottler at AOM HCMRobert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of Health Administration in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Services Administration, has been awarded the Myron D. Fottler Exceptional Service Award by the Health Care Management (HCM) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM).

The award, considered by many to be the most distinguished award given by the HCM Division, honors a member that provides extraordinary service to HCM and the profession. Making the honor even more special – it is not required to be awarded annually, but rather given only when someone is identified as a worthy nominee.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this service award named after Dr. Myron Fottler. Through his mentoring and service to the health care management field, Dr. Fottler has been a role model of exceptional service”, indicated Weech-Maldonado.

Father sonThis new partnership will provide curriculum and training for law enforcement, first responders and more to interact with people who have special needs.The UAB School of Health Professions has partnered with the Interaction Advisory Group to provide curriculum and training to help public service officers — law enforcement, first responders, educators and more — interact safely and effectively with people who have special needs.

The partnership is a unique initiative in which the school has an equity stake in IAG.

“We firmly believe that higher education has no boundaries and should often enter a realm beyond traditional classrooms and coursework that focuses on a personal level of learning that benefits all of society,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “We are a school that teaches a wide variety of health care professionals how to improve lives, so it is natural for us to partner with IAG to produce a curriculum for public servants who can ultimately protect lives.”

MSHQS Graduation

On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the UAB School of Health ProfessionsHealthcare Quality and Safety programs made history when the inaugural Master of Science class graduated during UAB’s Summer Commencement.

The MSHQS program, established in 2015, is offered 100 percent online and designed for administrative and clinical professionals who are dedicated to learning quality improvement science and thereby improving themselves and their work environment.

UAB SHP SnapchatEvery orientation we attended we asked students the same question:

"Who is on Snapchat?"

Every orientation provided the same answer:

The majority of students are on Snapchat.

So - that is where we are now.

On Snapchat.

We hope you will enjoy watching us learn as we go. We hope you will include us in your world. And most of all, we hope to keep you informed and entertained.

The way we understand it, you can find us at least three ways:

  1. Username: uab_shp
  2. https://www.snapchat.com/add/uab_shp
  3. Use our Snapcode above

See you on Snapchat!
CHOT Initial EventWeech-Maldonado at initial CHOT planning meetingThe University of Alabama at Birmingham has been approved by the National Science Foundation as an official site for a Center for Health Organization Transformation. UAB was one of only two universities selected for 2016 and is one of only six CHOT University Sites in the United States. The UAB CHOT, an industry-university cooperative research center with a focus of developing innovative solutions to issues challenging the U.S. health care system which will be accomplished by working closely with our industry partners as well as multi-disciplinary collaborations across the University..

“This furthers the School of Health Professions’ strategy of seeking increased influence in addressing societal problems through partnerships with entities outside of the academic setting,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “The CHOT is a perfect example of how our School is able to leverage community partnerships in order to make a significant difference in health care and impact people’s lives.”

The first officers elected to lead the new UAB Staff Council include Donna Dixon, MBA, from the UAB School of Health Professions. Dixon, who serves as a Program Director II in the Dean’s Office, has been elected treasurer.

“We represent the voice of staff at UAB in areas such as policy advocacy, working climate and community involvement,” said Dixon. "I am excited to serve on this council and represent all staff members at UAB."

Dixon has worked in the SHP Administrative and Fiscal Services team since May 2009. She is responsible for supporting and administering all extramural funding activities for the School and works closely with the UAB Office of Sponsored Programs as well as UAB Grants & Contracts Accounting to ensure accurate practices and adherence to internal and external policies. She earned her Master of Business Administration from UAB in 2014.

The School of Health Professions has two representatives on the UAB Staff Council. Joining Dixon as an inaugural council member is Mary Foster. In addition to her council duties, Foster also serves as chair of the Institutional Pride Committee. At SHP, she is the Executive Assistant to Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. Foster has been with the School since June 2006 and a UAB employee since March 1993.

The UAB Staff Council’s first executive leadership team includes:

  • President: Ginger Hattaway, School of Dentistry
  • President-Elect: David Rhodes, School of Public Health
  • Secretary: Amy Dean, School of Medicine
  • Treasurer: Donna Dixon, School of Health Professions

The UAB Staff Council represents 21 organizational units and officially began August 2016. To see a full list of elected council members, FAQs and proposed bylaws, visit the council website.
Sarah BlaylockSarah BlaylockSarah Blaylock, a fourth year student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPh.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, and Matt Green, a recent graduate of the UAB Occupational Therapy Post-Professional program, recently had papers accepted in OT journals.

Blaylock’s paper, titled "Falls Prevention Interventions for Older Adults with Low Vision: A Scoping Review" has recently been accepted by the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Green’s paper, titled "Lighting as a Compensatory Strategy for Acquired Visual Deficits after Stroke: Two Case Reports" has been recently accepted by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

McCaughey Award Photo 03McCaughey with Tony Roche,
Publishing Director, Emerald Group
Deirdre McCaughey, Ph.D., program director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Healthcare Quality and Safety programs, has been selected as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

The chapter she authored, titled “Best Practices to Promote Occupational Safety and Satisfaction: A Comparison of Three North American Hospitals,” was called “one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2015.” The publisher presented the award to McCaughey and her co-authors at a celebration event on August 7, 2016, at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Anaheim.

"With the healthcare industry being among the highest injury rate industries in both Canada and the United States, these findings cannot be overstated," says Deirdre McCaughey, who has been leader of the HQS programs since July 2015. "Having our research acknowledged like this by the publisher is an incredible honor for our team; it is a testament to the hard work and time we invested in this critical research study."