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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.S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor in the
“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.”
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.
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.”
On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the UAB School of Health Professions’ Healthcare 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.
"Who is on Snapchat?"
Every orientation provided the same answer:
The majority of students are on Snapchat.
So - that is where we are now.
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:
- Username: uab_shp
- Use our Snapcode above
See you on Snapchat!
“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.”
“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.
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.
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."