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                                                                                                                                                            WINTER 2004

                                                                                                                                                  University of Florida
                                                                                                                                                  establishes a college
                                                                                                                                                  of public             health
                                                                                                                                                     In an effort to improve the overall
                                                                                                                                                  health and quality of life for
                                                                                                                                                  Floridians, UF officials announced
                                                                                                                                                  in December that the university will
                                                                                                                                                  establish a new college of public

                                               Keys to independence
                                                                                                                                                     The new unit, called the College
                                                                                                                                                  of Public Health and Health
                                                                                                                                                  Professions, will be integrated into

                                                                                                                                                  the well-established and comple-

                                                 National older driver research program                                                           mentary foundation at the
                                                                                                                                                  UF College of Health Professions,

                                              launched at University of Florida                                                                   said Provost David Colburn. It is
                                                                                                                                                  expected to open in fall 2004.
                                                                                                                                                     “The broad scope of public
                                                                                                                                                  health challenges facing Florida
                                                                                                                                                  demands a highly educated citizen-
            osing driving privileges spells the loss of independence for   UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. “Our
                                                                                                                                                  ship,” Colburn said. “Expertise in
            many elderly people, and in some cases family and friends      faculty also will study the relationship between driving perform-
                                                                                                                                                  public health fields, ranging from
            are drawn into conflict when trying to persuade loved ones     ance and age-related physical and cognitive decline, and chronic
                                                                                                                                                  aging and disability to environmental
            to give up their car keys.                                     diseases such as dementias, severe arthritis, diabetes and
                                                                                                                                                  safety to measuring the effective-
                 So for what reasons should a person give up               visual impairments.”
                                                                                                                                                  ness of health interventions and
            driving? Who will do the grocery shopping, banking                   Mann added that UF’s research and training efforts will focus
                                                                                                                                                  health policy, are more critical
 and other errands?                                                        on interventions that extend the func-
                                                                                                                                                  than ever for the well-being of
       These questions and related challenges are the focus of inves-      tional capabilities of older drivers to
 tigation by a new National Older Driver Research and Training             increase their ability to drive safely. The                            our citizens.”
 Initiative launched at the University of Florida.                         challenges naturally include identifying                                  The college will encompass all
       A $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and       risk factors associated with unsafe driv-                              six existing Health Professions
 Prevention and the Federal Highway Administration is supporting           ing in later years of life.                                            programs, as well as additional ele-
 the project, aimed at helping older people remain independent by                 “We need to determine the                                       ments in epidemiology, biostatistics
 promoting safe driving, offering interventions to help people drive       effectiveness of compensatory strate-                                  and environmental health needed to
 safely longer and providing counseling, education, and training on        gies (using devices or adapting the car                                create a public health program. It
 alternatives to driving.                                                  or road environments) and examine                                      will offer the master of public health
       “We must better understand how to assess driving performance        the impact of policies for partially                                   degree with a specialty in any of five
 as America’s population ages,” said William Mann, Ph.D., who is           restricting driving for older persons                                  tracks: health services administra-
                                                                                                                       Dr. William Mann
 directing the project as part of the UF Seniors Institute for             who have difficulty driving in certain                                 tion, social and behavioral sciences,
 Transportation and Communications. “Not only are the numbers and          environments, such as on expressways,” Mann said.                      epidemiology, biostatistics and
 proportion of older Americans increasing, but a greater proportion of           Widespread need for more trained experts in driving assessment   environmental health.
 seniors continue to drive, and the incidence of injury and fatality       will also be addressed through the newly funded center.                   A doctoral degree in public
 resulting from motor vehicle crashes involving seniors continues to             “Our center is partnering with the American Occupational         health will be offered in health
 grow at a rate faster than that of the overall population.”               Therapy Association to develop a model site for educating              services research. Undergraduate
       To launch the project on a solid foundation, UF researchers         occupational therapists as driver safety intervention specialists      students will be able to jointly
 hosted an international conference last December in Arlington, Va,        who can assess the driving ability of clients, offer training and/or   enroll in the master of public health
 at which driving experts from around the nation reached a consensus       equipment to enable a person to drive safely, and provide infor-
                                                                                                                                                  program while completing their
 on best methods for assessment, remediation, and transitioning to         mation and counseling regarding transportation alternatives,” said
                                                                                                                                                  bachelor’s degrees. Students will
 non-driver status. Mann said the protocols recommended at the             Dennis McCarthy, the center’s co-director. “Occupational thera-
                                                                                                                                                  be able to subspecialize in aging or
 conference will be tested by UF researchers at driving rehabilitation     pists make up most of the health-care professionals now serving
                                                                                                                                                  rural health, and aging or rural health
 sites in Jacksonville, Orlando and the Gainesville/Ocala area.            as driving specialists. They’re trained to evaluate the physical,
                                                                                                                                                  tracks spanning the five core areas
       “We plan to develop reliable and valid approaches to deter-         sensory and cognitive tasks of daily living, including driving.”
                                                                                                                                                  also will be developed. G
 mining the fitness of elders for unrestricted or restricted driving,            McCarthy said fewer than 300 certified driving rehabilitation
 and develop approaches to solve problems related to unsafe driving,”      specialists are now working in the United States — not enough to
 said Mann, a professor and chairman of occupational therapy at            meet the demands of a large elderly driving population. G
    dean’s                                M E S S A G E

         This issue of PHHP News evidences many changes.
    Two of the most striking are the new name and new look
    for the newsletter. On Dec. 5, 2003, the university’s Board
                                  of Trustees approved the new
                                  name of the College of Public
                                  Health and Health Professions.
                                  The name reflects the expand-
                                  ed mission of the college that
                                  now includes serving as the
                                  host college for UF’s public
                                  health agenda. Although the
                                  new name is somewhat
                                  unwieldy, it clearly captures
                                  our future in public health
                                  and our sustained commitment
                                  to the education of health
Dr. Robert. G Frank
         The newsletter’s name, PHHP News, reflects our hope
    that the initials “PHHP” will become a recognized label for
    the college. This issue is our first in full color, and its new

    look is designed to indicate our enhanced mission and to
    share a common look with other college publications.
         The changes in PHHP are not restricted to our new

    name and newsletter design. As part of the public health
    expansion, we are adding 11 new faculty members.
    Faculty with expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics and
    public policy will join the college’s department of health
                                                                         Study of rural preparedness for bioterrorism
    services administration. The department of clinical and            underway in North Central Florida and the Panhandle
    health psychology will add an environmental health
    division and new faculty with expertise in social and
    behavioral issues at the population level.
         The addition of new public health faculty will create
                                                                                ittle attention has been given    are concerned,” said Dobalian, an        potential threats.
    many new program opportunities. We will offer a
                                                                                to preparing residents and        assistant professor in the department    They also will
    combined degree for our undergraduates, enabling them
                                                                                health-care providers in          of health services administration.       assess where
    to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of public
                                                                                America’s sparsely populated      “Trains carrying cargo travel through    rural residents
    health. We will also offer certificate programs for the five
                                                                                areas for possible bioterrorist   urban and rural areas, and chemical      go for health-
    core areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics,
                                                                                acts, even though experts         plants may be located in small towns     care services.
    environmental health, social and behavioral science,
                                                                      warn the risks such incidents would         as well as big cities.                        In addition
    and health management and policy. Next year we will
                                                                      pose to human health appear equally             “Problems can be worse in some       to promoting
    begin offering the master’s of public health to working                                                                                                                   Dr. Aram Dobalian
                                                                      great in rural and urban areas.             areas where there may be only one        preparedness for
    professionals at distant sites. In addition, we will create
                                                                           Now researchers with the UF            physician available to treat people      bioterrorism and other public health
    doctoral programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, and
                                                                      College of Public Health and Health         from a large region,” he added. “We      emergencies, the UF study is aimed at
    social and behavioral sciences.
         The changes in PHHP are exciting. The development
                                                                      Professions plan to help fill that gap      aim to assess existing resources and     assessing long-term health-care needs,
    of new programs gives us the opportunity to reflect on all        through a two-year federally funded         response mechanisms in both rural        including treatment for chronic
    we do and how we define ourselves as a college. While             project to evaluate bioterrorism pre-       and neighboring urban communities        physical ailments, rehabilitative care
    the faculty has clearly embraced the opportunity to               paredness and health needs in rural         to meet anticipated health-care needs    and mental health services.
    expand our foundation to include the population perspective       North Central Florida and the               arising from bioterrorist events, and          “We also will develop educational
    intrinsic to public health, we have also reaffirmed               Panhandle. The study is funded by an        to examine how urban health profes-      programs for health-care providers
    our 46-year history as one of the leading educational             $889,000 grant from the U.S. Agency         sionals can serve supportive roles in    concerning important aspects of
    programs in health professions. We believe we can                 for Healthcare Research and Quality.        rural areas.”                            mental health care, since comparatively
    successfully unite our historic emphasis with new                      The evidence obtained from the             Dobalian said the study will         less attention has been paid to the
    opportunities in public health.                                   study will serve as the basis for models    encompass about 40 selected sites and    mental health needs of rural commu-
         As a graduate, you undoubtedly tend to think of the          and tools that will be recommended          involve in-person interviews with        nities in the wake of catastrophic
    college as it was during the period you attended UF.              to policy makers and health-care            people who run community health          events,” Dobalian added. “One critical
    Even those currently enrolled tend to focus on the                providers in order to improve bioter-       centers, public health departments,      aspect of bioterrorism involves terror-
    program in which they are participating. The changes              rorism preparedness in health systems       and primary care clinics or hospitals,   izing people — potentially over an
    we envision for the College of Public Health and Health           across the nation.                          as well as with individual health pro-   extended time — and that contributes
    Professions reflect trends within the health-care and                   “Close to 65 million people in the    fessionals and those who work in         to greater needs for mental health
    educational systems in the United States.                         United States live in rural communi-        schools, churches, long-term care        services as well as the attendant
         At UF, because of the quality of our programs, we            ties and have limited resources when        facilities, home health agencies and     impact on chronic physical ailments.
    have a unique opportunity to define the evolution of our          it comes to health care,” said Aram         other organizations. Researchers will    Thus, having health-care providers
    fields. Whether you are currently enrolled, plan to enroll in     Dobalian, Ph.D., J.D., who directs the      seek to determine what rural health-     prepared to care for individuals who
    the future or are part of our historic family, we hope you        study, which began in September.            care providers have already done to      experience such problems must be
    find ways to join us in this exciting adventure. G                     “Nowadays, there isn’t much dis-       prepare for bioterrorism involving       considered a top priority in the
                                                                      tinction between urban and rural areas      radiological, chemical or biological     recovery of rural communities from
                                                                      as far as potential bioterrorist hazards    agents, and how seriously they view      bioterrorist events.” G

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Health-care delivery                                                                                                              First occupational therapy
College professor researches planning strategies                                                                                  distance learning class graduates
                College of Public            resources, declining government and                                                        The first graduating class of the department of occupa-
                Health and Health            private reimbursements, and higher                                                   tional therapy’s distance learning master’s program traveled to
                Professions researcher       demand for critical care, surgical and                                               campus last December for a professional development semi-
                has received a $250,000      emergency services.                                                                  nar and pre-graduation awards ceremony and dinner.
                                                                                                                                        Introduced in January 2002, the two-year program is
                National Science                   “In most economic models,
                                                                                                                                  designed for the practicing occupational therapist, and
                Foundation grant to          the goal is to spend less money, but
                                                                                                                                  content is focused on emerging practice areas, leadership
develop planning tools that will help        health-care organizations also have a
                                                                                                                                  roles and independent practice. All course materials, including
administrators at health-care organiza-      set of performance objectives to meet,
                                                                                                                                  tests and assignments, are Internet-based, and presentations
tions deliver quality, affordable care.      including providing high quality care
                                                                                                                                  are conducted using streaming video.
     Led by Murray Côté, Ph.D., an           and ensuring appropriate utilization
                                                                                                                                        The first Kay F. Walker Distance Learning Student Award
assistant professor in the department        of resources,” Côté said. “Planning
                                                                                                                                  went to Janice Owens of Jacksonville, Fla., for her outstanding
of health services administration, a         models that capture these two objec-
                                                                                                                                  written work, communication, attitude and clinical application. G
research team is developing a set of         tives are necessary to improve the
planning tools over the next three           delivery of care.”
                                                                                       Dr. Murray Côté
years that draws upon health-care                  Côté said the goal of this          Holmes Regional Medical Center
capacity planning techniques.                research project is to produce health-    in Melbourne, Fla. These organiza-
     Health-care capacity planning is        care capacity planning tools that are     tions will help the research team
the science of predicting the quantity       integrative, generalizable and useful     understand the issues and challenges
and attributes of resources, such as         for a variety of health-care organiza-    associated with health-care capacity
physicians, nurses, technicians, equip-      tions, including outpatient practices,    planning in their facility and will
ment and facilities, required to deliver     community hospitals and major             provide the researchers with compre-
health care at specified levels of quality   medical centers. Previous research        hensive patient, cost and resource
and cost. Successful capacity planning       in this area has tended to be either      data related to their delivery of care.
matches appropriate resources with           facility or industry specific.                 “The broader impact of the
                                                                                                                                    OT Distance Class
demand, respects patient preferences               The researchers are working         proposed research will be to improve
and needs, ensures resources are avail-      with three health-care organizations      the effectiveness, patient-centeredness,         Graduates pictured above are back row, left to right:
able when needed and avoids wasting          representing primary, secondary and       timeliness and efficiency of health-       Constance Daby; Nolan Barton; Marc Frazer, program instruc-
resources.                                   tertiary levels of care: the University   care services, thereby improving the       tor; and Emily Pugh, program instructor. Middle row: Elayne
     Nationwide, health-care organi-         of Florida Student Health Care            quality of patient care and health         McNamara; Janice Owens; Anne Musto; Mariette Burger and
zations are facing such challenges as        Center, the emergency department at       service delivery in the United States,”    Cheri Bruff. Front row: William Mann, department chairman;
                                                                                       Côté said. G

bed shortages, increased cost of             York Hospital in York, Pa., and                                                      Kristen Miller; Sherry Lynne Hill; and Kay Walker, program
                                                                                                                                  director. Not pictured are Dana Alkhas and Renee Gamberoni.

            L O O K I N G                B A C K
                                                                                                                                                                     N O T E S

                                                                                                                                  Jane Day, Ph.D., P.T., has been named assistant chairwoman
                                                                                                                                  in the physical therapy department. Day most recently served
                                                                                                                                  as an associate professor in the physical therapy program at
                                                                                                                                  the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has
                                                                                                                                  served as a site reviewer for accreditation of physical therapy
                                                                                                                                  programs since 1976 and was appointed to the American
                                                                                                                                  Physical Therapy Association’s Committee on Physical
                                                                                                                                  Therapy Education and the Commission on Accreditation in
                                                                                                                                  Physical Therapy Education. In her UF post, Day also serves
                                                                                                                                  as the department’s director of education and the administra-
                                                                                                                                  tor of the entry-level master’s degree program. She will direct
                                                                                                                                  the department’s efforts to develop a doctor of physical thera-
                                                                                                                                  py degree program.

                                                                                                                                  Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., a professor in the department of
                                                                                                                                  clinical and health psychology, has been named the college’s
                                                                                                                                  associate dean for research. A fellow of the North American
                                                                                                                                  Association for the Study of Obesity, Perri has received more
                                                                                                                                  than $15 million in research funding, including a recent
                                                                                                                                  $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to
                                                                                                                                  study an obesity treatment for women in rural areas. As
                                                                                                                                  associate dean for research, Perri will represent the college
  Founding       clinical and health psychology                   department chair Louis                                          at university research discussions, oversee research infrastruc-
  Cohen, Ph.D., (front row, third from left) is joined by department faculty and interns in                                       ture and develop new research programs. G
  this 1963 photo. The department celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reception last
  fall. Alumni, students, and former and current faculty members enjoyed a slide show of
  historical photographs and presentations on each decade of the department’s history.

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     Moving on

    Occupational therapy’s Walker reflects on                                                  long, challenging UF career
                    n her first day as a UF instructor Kay        said, adding that the 1980s were a particularly difficult   implement and market a program to help people get
                    Walker, Ph.D., prayed that the students       time financially for the university.                        back to work after a back injury on the job. During that
                    wouldn’t hear her knees knocking.                  As one of very few female department chairs at the     time I decided that I wanted to teach full time and was
                         “I was scared to death,” Walker          university, Walker also took on the issue of equal recogni- hired with the proviso that I obtain my doctorate. Kay
                    recalled. “I had agreed to teach, thinking    tion and compensation for female faculty members.           had already demonstrated that one could go back to
                    I would only do it for one semester. But           “It was difficult, not so much in our college, but     school and enjoy it and set the tone for future faculty
    the students gave me good feedback and here I am all          across campus women were not shown the same regard          members who were not prepared at the doctoral level
    these years later. I never thought I would be a lifer!”       they are now,” she said. “The phenomenon you hear about (not uncommon at that time). She has been compassion-
         Walker, a professor of occupational therapy at the       from those days — gender-based salary                                              ate and truly interested in the welfare
    College of Public Health and Health Professions, retired      differences, women interrupted when                                                of her students and faculty.”
    in December after 32 years, 16 of them as chairwoman          speaking or called on last — I experi-                                                   Walker’s final month at UF
    in the department.                                            enced that.”                                                                       ended on a high note with the gradua-
         She has Alice Jantzen, Ph.D., founding chairwoman             Looking back on her years as chair-                                           tion of the first group of students in
    of UF’s occupational therapy program, to thank for a          woman (1984-2000), Walker said she is                                              the distance learning program, which
    push in the right direction early on in her career.           proudest of her role in helping the depart-                                        is gratifying, she said, and gives her a
         “She must have seen something in me that I               ment weather storms and keeping the                                                sense of closure.
    didn’t,” Walker said of Jantzen. “She urged me to go to       educational programs strong and growing.                                                 “The students who come into
    graduate school after receiving my bachelor’s degree          She developed one of the first master’s                                            our field genuinely want to help
    from the UF program in 1964, and then she asked me to         programs in the country for people with a                                          humankind,” she said. “Being able
    teach.”                                                       bachelor’s in non-occupational therapy                                             to be with fine, bright, challenging,
         And it wasn’t long before Walker decided that UF         fields and, most recently, one of the first                                        diverse students has been very reward-
    was the place to build her career. She found that teaching,   occupational therapy distance learning                                              ing and I’ve learned a lot from them.”
    developing curricula and clinical work was exciting,          master’s programs for working profes-        Dr. Kay Walker                               What’s next? Walker says
    challenging and provided plenty of opportunities for          sionals. She has seen her dream of a doctoral program       that she will take a bit of a breather before over-commit-
    learning.                                                     realized with the development of the college’s rehabilita-  ting herself to all the things she wants to do in retirement.
         “I was hooked,” she said. “I feel fortunate to have      tion science degree and is proud of her role in supporting        “Kay has always been willing to make contributions
    landed in academia as a career and to have been at UF         the career development of young faculty.                    when others wouldn’t,” said Robert Frank, Ph.D., dean of
    with its excellent faculty, students and administrators.”          One of those young faculty members, Carolyn            the College of Public Health and Health Professions. “Her
         Still, the years she served were not without             Hanson, Ph.D., was hired by Walker in 1986.                 retirement is such a loss for us.” G
    challenges.                                                        “Kay took a chance by hiring me, as I had only a
          “There were always new problems to solve and            few years of work experience,” said Hanson, a lecturer      Walker (above, left) demonstrates techniques for relaxing muscles
    most of them came down to people and money,” Walker           in the department. “I was given full rein to develop,       in a child’s back to a student in this photo, taken in 1983.

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                                         PROFILES IN                LEADERSHIP                                                        visiting                                S C H O L A R

                                                                                                                              with college faculty to

Helping the world communicate                                                                                                          research new technique
                                                                                                                                       for treating swallowing disorders
Hall leads speech pathologists, audiologists in
                                                      cutting-edge patient care
           ames (Jay) Hall III, Ph.D., stumbled upon his                Hall went on to serve in academic and clinical director
           career path almost by accident.                        positions at the University of Maryland, University of
                Although Hall, chairman of the department         Pennsylvania, University of Texas and Vanderbilt University,
           of communicative disorders, is considered an           arriving at UF in 2000. Here, he leads a department of audi-
           international leader in audiology and is the           ologists and speech pathologists who treat 15,000 patients a
           author of a book that is considered a standard         year in the UF Speech and Hearing Center, educate hun-
           industry resource,                                                                  dreds of students and support
he may not have found his                                                                      the department’s burgeoning
way to an audiology career                                                                     research program.
if not for a set of chance cir-                                                                     “Our department has an
cumstances.                                                                                    international reputation for
      After completing a                                                                       providing state-of-the-art clinical
bachelor’s degree in biology                                                                   services,” Hall said. “All of our
from American International                                                                    senior faculty members are
College in Springfield,                                                                        internationally known as clinical
Mass., Hall was searching                                                                      scholars. That provides the
for a health profession that                                                                   foundation for a strong aca-
matched his interests.                                                                         demic program.”
      When his wife, Missy,                                                                         The department’s distance
started exploring the field of                                                                 learning doctor in audiology
speech pathology, Hall                                                                         program, a joint program with         Dr. Mitsuyoshi Yoshida                            PHOTO BY JEFF KNEE
                                                                                           PHOTO BY JEFF KNEE

decided to follow suit and                                                                     the communication sciences                   An international collaboration is under way in the
apply for scholarships in that                                                                 and disorders department in            department of communicative disorders with the goal of
area. In what he calls one of                                                                  the UF College of Liberal              assembling research that will enhance the treatment of
the best breaks of his career,                                                                 Arts and Sciences, is the              swallowing disorders here and in Japan.
he received full tuition and a Dr. James Hall III                                             biggest and, in many people’s                 Mitsuyoshi Yoshida, Ph.D., D.D.S., a research assistant
stipend from Northwestern                                                                     opinions, best doctor of audiology      and dentist from Japan’s Hiroshima University, is working
University in Evanston, Ill., which then boasted, Hall            program in the country, Hall said. The department also              with communicative disorders faculty members Michael
soon discovered, the country’s number one graduate                is closely involved in the College of Public Health and             Crary, Ph.D., and Michael Groher, Ph.D., to study the effec-
program in speech pathology and audiology.                        Health Professions’ rehabilitation science degree pro-              tiveness of a tongue-strengthening exercise in improving
      Hall made another discovery while at Northwestern.          gram, with faculty members teaching and mentoring                   swallowing ability.
      “I took my first class in audiology and I knew this was     students in the communication neuroscience track.                         Yoshida’s visiting scholarship is funded by the
it,” he said. “Audiology combines all the features I was                “Research is the least developed of the department’s          Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare. Yoshida, whose
looking for in a health profession. There are opportunities       three missions,” Hall said. “Historically, the department’s         research background is in developing dentures for the
for clinical, research and educational work, it is a relatively   emphasis has been on clinical work; we are currently work-          elderly, applied for the scholarship to have the opportunity
new profession, you work with patients of all ages, and           ing to expand research activities. Faculty members now              to study with researchers in the internationally known UF
audiologists are in great demand.”                                have more research funding than ever before, and all new            swallowing disorders program.
      Following the completion of his master’s degree in          faculty recruits have research funding or research potential.”            During his six-month tenure, which began in October
speech pathology, Hall experienced his next big break.                  Hall will have more time for research and clinical work       2003, Yoshida is observing clinical care practices and
Having decided that he wanted to live in Texas because            when he steps down from the chairmanship role in June to            analyzing images of muscle movement during swallowing.
                                                                                                                                      He also is assisting with a research project that will evaluate
of its warm climate, Hall asked a Northwestern faculty            serve as the department’s chief of audiology.
                                                                                                                                      a tongue-strengthening exercise for use in improving
member to recommend someone he could contact for a                      “I’m proud that over the past 25 years I have been
                                                                                                                                      swallowing function.
job in Texas. He was referred to James Jerger, Ph.D.,             able to maintain one or two days a week for clinic work,
                                                                                                                                            If the exercise (touching the tip of the tongue to the
described by Hall as the world leader of audiology.               and I’ve had a direct impact on the lives of my patients,”
                                                                                                                                      roof of the mouth to strengthen muscles under the chin)
      “In my role as director of the audiology and speech         Hall said. “In some cases you are changing lives, such as
                                                                                                                                      proves to be effective in research subjects, it could replace
pathology services of The Methodist Hospital in Houston,          helping tinnitus patients who are threatening suicide or
                                                                                                                                      a currently prescribed exercise that is harder for elderly
I hired Jay as a speech pathologist,” said Jerger, now the        diagnosing young children with hearing problems who
                                                                                                                                      patients to do.
director of the Texas Auditory Processing Disorder                without treatment are statistically more likely to never
                                                                                                                                            Yoshida expects that the research he conducts while
Laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Shortly         graduate from high school or find steady employment.”
                                                                                                                                      on campus will benefit his work in Japan.
thereafter our census of speech patients declined to the                While Hall confesses he spends more time at work
                                                                                                                                            “Most denture users are older, and many elderly have
point where there weren’t enough patients to keep everyone        than he should, free time is devoted to family and
                                                                                                                                      swallowing disorders,” he said. “My goal is to develop
busy. So I suggested to Jay that he might enjoy working           traveling. Wife Missy is a special education teacher at
                                                                                                                                      dentures that are effective for eating and swallowing.”
with the audiology patients for a while. This worked out so       Kanapaha Middle School; son Jay is a UF graduate
                                                                                                                                            Groher sees benefits for the UF program as well.
well that Jay decided to go ahead with a doctoral program         student in wildlife biology; son Austin is a U.S. Marine
                                                                                                                                            “We will undoubtedly come away with data that is pub-
in audiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He was a              stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and daughter Victoria
                                                                                                                                      lishable, and the information from this pilot study will help us
wonderful student and one of the hardest workers have             is enrolled in the dual program at Buchholz High School             secure research funding,” said Groher, a clinical professor.
mentored.”                                                        and Santa Fe Community College. G                                   “The experience also provides nice exposure for us in
                                                                                                                                      Japan, and my thought is that others will want to come.” G

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      Rehabilitation counseling alum uses experience,
      education to lead independent living center                                                                                                                                          William Kennedy

                           illiam Kennedy, rehabilitation coun-             transportation services, a mentoring program between                      he was a UF student and he sought out the center’s serv-
                           seling (bachelor’s ’95 and master’s              seniors and youth, employment services, and disability                    ices for assistance with housing. He later volunteered at
                           ’97), started on his career path at an           awareness training.                                                       the center and served on the board of directors while a
                           early age.                                             Under Kennedy’s leadership, the center has enjoyed                  graduate student.
                                 “Both of my parents worked in              a growth explosion. Annual funding has risen from                               Hired in 1998 following graduation, Kennedy served
                           rehabilitation,” Kennedy said. “My               $500,000 to $1.2 million, center office sites have expand-                as the center’s program director. He was mentored by
      stepmother was a rehabilitation counselor, and as a child             ed from one to six, and most importantly, the number of                   then executive director Robert Tilley, who was guiding
      I had the opportunity to interact with people in the                  services and consumers served has nearly tripled.                         the center through a restructuring process to better under-
      disability community. I grew up without the perception                      Last year the center became only the third center for               stand the needs of its clients.
      that any group of people is different from another.”                  independent living out of nearly 400 centers nationally to                      “Everything we do is about consumer control and
           After an injury at age 17, Kennedy experienced                   seek accreditation from the Commission for the                            making sure that people with disabilities have a level
      rehabilitation services firsthand as he received vocational           Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). As part                playing field,” Kennedy said.
      rehabilitation services and dealt with access issues.                 of the accreditation process the center went through a                          The greatest needs for people with disabilities are
           And Kennedy has applied his experience, advocacy                 rigorous on-site survey, which resulted in the highest                    transportation, employment, housing and self-care, he
      and UF education to his role as executive director of The             level of accreditation that CARF awards.                                  said.
      Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida,                     “William has truly exceeded every expectation,” said                      “Too often we see that if people had access to
      a position he’s held since 2000.                                      Linda Shaw, Ph.D., president of the center’s board of                     just a few resources, they could have much higher
           Headquartered in Gainesville, the center is a private,           directors and an associate professor in the UF department                 levels of independence and quality of life, but without
      nonprofit organization that serves people in 16 counties              of rehabilitation counseling. “He’s an excellent manager,                 those resources their lives can be unnecessarily diffi-
      from six locations. The center offers four free core servic-          and he is very committed and very bright. His greatest                    cult. For some people the difference between being
      es to consumers: advocacy, independent living skills                  gift is that he’s wonderful with people.”                                 able to live at home rather than in an institution may
      education, information referral and peer support. The                       Kennedy’s relationship with The Center for                          just be being able to have a way to transfer in and out
      center also provides sign language interpreting services,             Independent Living of North Central Florida began when                    of bed,” he said. G

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    express gratitude                                                  Pamela Woods Duncan                   Teryl N. Delagrange                      Stephanie A. Matthews                   Senior Advisors
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                                                                                                                       alumni                               U P D A T E S

Reunion Weekend
                                      2003                                                                             George Courtney Jr., rehabilitation counseling ’61, has
                                                                                                                       been an adjunct instructor at Delaware Technical and
                                                                                                                       Community College for the past 12 years and currently
                                                                                                                       serves as vice mayor of Camden, Del.

                                                                                                                       Roberta Isleib, clinical and health psychology ’85, is at
                                                                                                                       work on her fourth novel in the Cassandra Burdette golf
                                                                                                                       mystery series. Her first book, “Six Strokes Under,” was
                                                                                                                       nominated for a Malice Domestic Agatha Award for Best
                                                                                                                       First Mystery and an Anthony Award for Best Paperback
                                                                                                                       Original. The second installment in the series, “A Buried
                                                                                                                       Lie,” was launched last summer, and “Putt to Death” will
                                                                                                                       be published this spring.

                                                                                                                       Joseph Neihardt, health services administration ’70,
                                                                                                                       recently retired from his position as the work program
                                                                                                                       coordinator at the John D. Archbold Rehabilitation
                                                                                                                       Center in Thomasville, Ga., to provide health care for
                                                                                                                       his 93-year-old mother-in-law. He served three years
                                                                                                                       on the Regent’s Advisory Council in Georgia for the
                                                                                                                       American College of Healthcare Executives, having
                                                                                                                       been a diplomate in the organization for the last 10 years
                                                                                                                       of his 35-year membership. He and his wife, Bev, have
                                                                                                                       four grandchildren to enjoy in their retirement. He lives in
                                                                                                                       Clearwater, Fla.

                                                                                                                       Dr. J.B. (Johnnyé Brown) Quisenberry, rehabilitation
                                                                                                                       counseling ’72, resides in Davenport, Fla., and works as a
 More than 150 College of Public Health and Health Professions alumni celebrated                                       guidance counselor, public speaker and seminar director.
                                                                                                                       She recently received her doctoral degree in education
 Alumni Reunion weekend in the college’s new facility last October. Alumni,                                            and celebrated 30 plus years in education. She is the
 college advisory board members and faculty enjoyed a Friday evening reception                                         co-author of a poetry book and has a second book, with
                                                                                                                       an emphasis on motivation, in the works. G
 and a Saturday morning brunch, followed by the UF-Ole Miss football game.
 Visit to view reunion weekend photos and give us your suggestions for next year’s reunion.

                                                                                                                      Health-care leader named
      W H A T ’ S           N E W                                                                                     director of executive master’s in
                                                                                                                      health administration program
Share your news with classmates!                                                                                           Michael O. Bice, M.H.A., former senior vice
Submissions will be published in the Alumni Updates section of a future issue of PHHP News.
                                                                                                                       president and a health care practice leader for
                                                                                                                       Marsh, a global insurance broker, has been
NAME (INCLUDING MAIDEN)                                                                                                appointed program director of the executive
                                                                                                                       master’s in health administration program.
                                                                                                                           The executive master’s in health administration
MAJOR/YEAR                                                                                                             is designed for working health-care profession-
                                                                                                                       als with at least three to five years of work
                                                                                                                       experience. During the two-year program,
                                                                                                                       students come to the UF campus for Saturday
                                                                                                                       and Sunday class sessions about once a month,
HOME ADDRESS (CITY, STATE, ZIP)                                                                                        with the remainder of the coursework completed
                                                                                                                       in a distance education format.
                                                                                                                           In the first few months of his appointment,
                                                                                                                       Bice plans to meet with alumni of the depart-
                                                                                                                       ment of health services administration and
CURRENT POSITION                                                                                                       other health-care leaders throughout the state
                                                                                                                       of Florida. This initiative is being undertaken to
                                                                                                                       better understand the opportunities for execu-
NEWS TO SHARE                                                                                                          tive education in the state and to heighten
                                                                                                                       awareness of the executive master’s in health
                                                                                                                       administration program in the broader
                                                                                                                       health-care community, Bice said.          G

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