Alabama Celebrates National Men’s Health Month
une is National Men’s Health create promotional and informational to the health of Alabama’s citizens was
Month and the Alabama tools that support an awareness and3 in itself a wonderful experience. 1It is
J Department of Public Health
conducted several activities to promote
prevention campaign for men’s health;
design a Men’s Health Committee to
Volume 45 Number
interesting to think of how quickly the
idea of working on a project related
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awareness and understanding of men’s take the initiative to provide an annual to men’s health reached consensus
health issues. Coincidentally, this was forum/conference/workshop on these among the group and the passion we
the focus of a year-long leadership issues; and, finally, to prepare and developed for the subject.
project completed in 2009 by several present the finished project.
ADPH staff members.
Brenda J. Causey, LGSW
The team enjoyed support and
Social Work Director, PHA VI
The South Central Public Health guidance from administrators at every The South Central Public Health
Department Gets level of ADPH, and tremendous
Leadership Institute (SCPHLI) is‘Screams as well as Ink’ Leadership Institute was one of the
Montgomery County Health
a regional collaboration offering assistance with the development of best experiences of my public health
development for practicing related envision Training, Proper career. Our Men’s History and Art
leadership one thinks of “body art,” he/she might visuals from ADPH’s Health Tattoo Removal, Art Ten project was
health renditions of is joint Marketing tans, developed over the year others on
public artists’professionals. Ittheahuman body, spray Division.Techniques (for tattooing), Color Portraits andby all the
effort tattoos, Tulane University’s
henna betweenor maybe even finger painting. However, SCPHLI team Those of exercising
tattooing and business operations.membersus from the
Health Department (MCHD) others. I
School of Public Health and Tropical takes on a whole Montgomery Countytheir gifts and learning from involved
when it comes to public health, the term In addition to outreach and education
of materials developed the reviewing, am grateful permitting process were
Medicine and the state officesin the Rules for Body Art inand proposed, inspecting, and that the Department has
different meaning. As by definition
Practices and of Alabama, Arkansas, Cindy possible recognized and taken action on this
public healthFacilities, “body art” is defined as “the practice outlinedGoocher, Leigh Salter, Melanie Boggan, Wes Rogers,
the team also
Mississippi and Texas. future ADPH efforts that could Lauren Lerner.
Louisiana, body adornment using invasive procedures Anna Sun andbe critical area of Public Health.
and, for is a year-long these rules, is
SCPHLI the purpose of program withan inclusive term for improve men’s
three on-site sessions per year. All tattooing, in Alabama For the MCHD staff, having been involved in the expo
any procedures utilizing body piercing, health cosmetic should funding
Carol P. Dorsey
SCHPLI work is completed above and everthat performavailable for such like we were prepared for the event and
tattooing, branding and scarification.” Facilities become last year, we felt
Mobile Division Laboratory Manager
beyond each class member’s regular, as tattoo shops. included awhat to expect when it wanted to address the issue
such procedures are commonly known projects. Those knew “canned” The team came to the tattoo photos,
full-time public health duties. The artwork and live of men’s Little because of the
presentation on the 10 disparities that exhibitions.health did we know… dire
Alabama team from the 2008-2009 facilities licensed anyone at ADPH; a
There are only six permitted body art could be given by need for awareness and education.
SCPHLI class chose the topic of men’s director and/or Office of Men’s Health last year’s suspension performance, the
for permanent operation within Montgomery County, As a follow-up to While doing research for these men’s
specifically that it was quite
health, can imagine the question of anwithin ADPH;to State Men’s Health
so you undertaking a health from Abilene, apparent that
tattoo shop “Screamin’ Ink”issues, it was Texas, showed
how to address and decrease men’s permitting process a Stateto wow spectators. However,of information and data
oversee the reviewing, inspecting and Advisory Council; up Men’s Health the volume this year’s show upped
premature mortality with increased Health Web site; available paled in intensity.
Symposium; a Men’s the intensity – and we do mean paincomparison to their
for a “tattoo expo.” The year 2011 marked the inaugural
education andTattoo Expo,”of riskyby the business now a Proclamation by
“Lost Highway awareness hosted Men’s Health PSAs; counterpart.
known as that lead to Body injury
behaviors Taylor Madeillness,Art, whichthe Legislature or Governor; and Men’s
donated a large *Disclaimer: If needles and blood make you squeamish,
and death. the proceeds to support theHealth Month Events andmay want to cease reading thisof Human Resources
portion of Hank Williams you Promotion. Office article any further.
Brent Hatcher, SPHR
Museum located in downtown Montgomery.
The team identified 10 specific The BURLESON
By RICHARD new spin (or should we say “hang”) on the show
disparities in male health to address, Alacazar Shrine in included a willing and trained volunteer being selected
The second annual event, held at the It was an honor to have been pierced
based upon mortality6, 7 and 8, includedSCPHLI Participants’ the back, to participate in the SCPHLI hooks
Montgomery on April 17 booths out of through hands and legs with giant 2008-
time: heart art operators represented their own resembling those used by commercial fisherman and then
at the 26 total body disease, cancer,
which 2009 class. It was a very rewarding
accidents, stroke, art facilities and fought for the right to
hometown body hoisted into mid-airexperience for me as a young public
for a real life marionette display. We
disease, respiratory disease, SCPHLI facilities
kidneyand pierce incoming patrons. Most of the was a pleasure and privilege. health professional. I am thankful for
tattoo envision even Pinocchio in a lot of pain! The volunteer
hypertension and suicide. They then there were several opportunity to meet through the skin on his back and thighs
represented were from Alabama, but It offered a great was then pierced the opportunity to have collaborated
studied three highly preventable Georgia. and swung who with other public health
from other states - namely Texas and and work with clever colleagues as if on a children’s swing set. constituents.
causes of male mortality in much were selflessly invested in finding ways Being able to share the knowledge and
greater detail: accidents, homicidesbody art operator’s Asand quality of enough, he was lowered, unhooked,
The requirements for a temporary to improve the health if that wasn’t information that we gained during
and suicides. nails where a concrete way we are
permit and facility license from the health for all Alabamians,” laid on a bed of our year of study is onecinder block
life department and
Ronada Anderson, MSW, LGSW hisable to give back. mallet. Within the
include verification of the operators’ training in bloodborne was broken over abdomen with a
pathogen prevention, the year-long
Their objectives forproviding items for sterile technique same Prevention trained volunteerM. Hooper, body art
Adult Viral Hepatitis show, another Chastsie and fellow MSHRM
effort were to identify risksanitizer, alcohol wipes, etc.),
(such as gloves, surface behaviors ALL Kids tolerance
operator from the Texas-based shop displayed his Program
that lead to increased illness, injury
providing conveniently located handwashing facilities, of pain by pulling a full-sized pickup truck using a chain
and premature mortality; develop Iof waste such as the opportunity hooks piercing his back (think “World’s
equipment sterilization, proper disposal am so grateful for connected to to The observance of Men’s Health Month
campaign messages that
unified and gauze, and general cleanliness of each booth.Getting to know thebut by thea lot more pain involved).
needles attend SCPHLI. Strongest Man” with department indicates the strong
In order to host such an awareness other participants
could be used to increase event, the ADPH requires that from Alabama and Maury West, LGS
the expo causes educational classes. the educational
of the topprovide of male mortality; Pastvital role they play in contributing pain tolerance were used to show to what
These displays of
sessions included Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogen lengths some will go for a rise, figuratively and literally.
continued page 4
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Dr. Donald Williamson Receives ANR
Smokefree Indoor Air Challenge Award
tate Health Officer Dr. Donald Williamson, left, looks
S on as Cynthia Hallet, Executive Director, Americans
for Non-Smoker’s Rights (ANR), presents Alabama
representatives the 2011 ANR Crystal Smokefree Indoor
Air Challenge Award. Also pictured at the presentation
May 30 at Birmingham’s Railroad Park are Ashley Lyerly,
second from left, Director of Advocacy, American Lung
Association, Plains-Gulf Region, and Ginny Campbell,
right, Tobacco Free Alabama President and Government
Relations Director, American Cancer Society. The award
recognizes states that achieve the greatest number of
strong local smokefree laws each year by either passing
new ordinances or strengthening existing laws. Alabama
tied with California as a smokefee leader. After the award
recipients had been announced, the City of Birmingham
adopted a strong smokefree ordinance effective June 1.
Photo by Michael Bell
Your Questions on Breastfeeding Answered
cancer. Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work
Six years have passed since the publication of the last policy because their infants are sick less often.
How long should I breastfeed?
statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
regarding breastfeeding. In the recent policy revision,
Source: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support
the AAP reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive
breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued
breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced,
with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer
Do mothers have to follow a special diet while
as mutually desired by mother and infant. There are no particular foods that you have to eat or
special diet to follow. Try to eat a well-balanced diet with
a variety of foods. Breastfeeding mothers should drink
Source: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk http://
enough fluids to satisfy their thirst. Water is a great choice.
Most mothers find that they can eat anything they like in
moderation. If a mother does find that a food she has eaten
Research continues to support breastfeeding benefits. seems to make her baby fussy, she can avoid that food.
Why should I breastfeed?
Breastfeeding offers a protective relationship reducing
risks from respiratory and ear infections, diarrhea and Type For more information contact Michell Grainger, MSN, RNC,
2 diabetes in infants. Research shows that breastfeeding IBCLC, State Lactation Coordinator, at (334) 206-2921.
mothers benefit from a decreased risk of breast and ovarian
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quality and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public’s
Donald E. Williamson, M.D. .......................................................................... State Health Officer
health through disease prevention and the assurance of public health services to
resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances Jim McVay, Dr. P. A. ............. Director, Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
or the ability to pay. Arrol Sheehan, M.A. ..................................................................................................................... Editor
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Asthma Educator and Care Manager
Training Available Online At No Charge
ne in 12 Alabama residents has asthma. Rates are
O increasing in women, in some age groups, and are
high in minorities.
To meet educational needs for persons interested in
improving the care of patients with asthma and improving
the abilities of caregivers, a seven-part series has been
Danny Doyle photo
produced by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The series titled “Becoming an Asthma Educator and
Care Manager” is available on the ADPH Public Health
Training Network on demand and at no charge.
University of South Alabama Department of Cardiorespiratory
Care Professor Tim Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC,
and Senior Instructor and Director of Clinical Education
William C. Pruitt, MBA, RRT, AE-C, served as program faculty.
Continuing education credits are available for nurses and
respiratory therapists until June 9, 2013.
Asthma program staff (left to right) are Melissa Dean,
Dr. Debra Hodges, Aruna Rikhi and Shanone Medlock of
For more information, please visit adph.org/asthma.
the Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease.
Staff and coalition members throughout the state are
Program staff encourage interested people to visit the
available to speak on asthma, pest management, and
Asthma Program’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/
indoor and outdoor air quality. The program is actively
working toward implementing programs designed
to educate and promote indoor and outdoor healthy
environments for students in school settings.
Health and Fitness Day Commendations
Walk Draws Crowd I f you would like to praise employees for their accomplishments,
undreds of walkers participated in the Alabama
send letters of commendation to the State Health Officer or the
H Employee Health and Fitness Day Walk on May 18.
employee’s supervisor and a copy by e-mail to arrol.sheehan@
Gov. Robert Bentley addressed participants, and health
adph.state.al.us for inclusion in this list. Four items are needed:
and wellness vendors provided information. The Nutrition
the employee’s name, work unit, name of the person making the
and Physical Activity Division, the Governor’s Commission
commendation, and his or her city and state.
on Physical Fitness, and the Alabama State Employees Center for Health
Linda Bolding Veronica Moore-
Insurance Board were sponsors. Statistics Center for Health
from Denise Nance Statistics
Oshkosh, Wisc. from Melvin Vaughn
Travis Air Force Base,
Shelby County Health
Sandra Gallops Cynthia Reese-Lawson
Communications and Department
Health Marketing from a patient
from Stacey Neumann
Center for Health
Montgomery, Ala. Terra Tuck
from Tony Jackson
The event was designed to encourage walking during the Atlanta, Ga.
work day as part of a health and fitness routine. from a client
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To finish up the daredevil of a show was none other
Screams and Ink, continued from page 1
than “The Human Puzzle Piece,” otherwise known as
the Enigma. This human phenomenon has been featured
on TV shows, movies and talk shows for his head-to-toe
covering in tattooed blue jigsaw-design puzzle pieces. But
his looks aren’t the only thing he’s got going for him. His
performance, called “Show Devil,” included the swallowing
and regurgitation of swords, pool balls and flaming fire
Needless to say, a “screamin’” good time was had by all.
By Anna Sun, Food and Lodging Supervisor,
Montgomery County Health Department
Lauren Lerner, Public Health Environmentalist,
Montgomery County Health Department
Public Health Accreditation
May Be in Department’s Future
n June 13 the State Committee of Public Health to deliver the three core functions of public health and
O approved support for the department to begin the Ten Essential Public Health Services.
exploratory activities that may lead to future accreditation
through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The Public Health Foundation will sponsor a workshop for
Committee approval was needed to move forward with an bureau directors on July 16 to work toward development
accreditation checklist that is a performance measure in of a strategic plan and state health assessment, both of
the National Public Health Improvement Initiative grant. which are prerequisites to accreditation. The Office of
Performance Management will also provide training about
Accreditation is defined as the development of a set the three core functions of public health, the Ten Essential
of standards, a process to measure health department Public Health Services, the Affordable Care Act, and quality
performance against those standards, and a reward or improvement for employees beginning in late summer.
recognition for those health departments that meet the
standards. Accreditation through PHAB provides a means For more information, contact Valerie Cochran, M.S.N.,
for the department to advance quality and performance. R.N., NE-BC, Performance Improvement Manager and
Accreditation documents the capacity of the department Assistant State Nursing Director, (334) 206-5226, email
Elana Parker Merriweather Recognized
ealth Equities Program Manager Elana Parker
H Merriweather was honored as one of Montgomery’s
Top Most Influential Women in the Women of Influence
program at a breakfast on May 25. Since 2009, the program
sponsored by South East Small Business Magazine has
recognized top women professionals “for business acumen,
mentoring and community involvement.” The program’s
honorees are selected by a judging committee and receive
an award at the breakfast attended by business leaders.
Ms. Merriweather is with the Office of Minority Health,
Bureau of Professional and Support Services.
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AlPHA Honors Outstanding Leaders in Public Health
epartmental employees and inclusive yet somewhat informally was awarded the Ira L. Myers Award
D others were honored as the organized group. for Excellence in Public Health. Retired
Alabama Public Health Association from the Alabama Department of Public
recognized persons, groups and “The coalition has been bold and Health after serving for 14 years in the
organizations from across the state taken on issues such as crime, literacy, Center for Health Statistics, Quinney
who demonstrated exceptional merit emergency medical services, nutrition, continues to be involved in public
during the past year in the public and medication availability,” Ms. Brant health at many levels. Currently, he
health field. Awards Chairperson said. Some of the accomplishments serves as the executive director of the
Viki Brant presented plaques to the of the coalition include fluoridation Alabama Rural Health Association
recipients at the association’s 56th of public water systems in Escambia along with giving part-time service
Annual Meeting and Health Education County, increasing access to health to the Alabama Office of Primary Care
Conference at the Wynfrey Hotel May care for children and pregnant women and Rural Health. He also provides
10. Award recipients are as follows. through the Wheels of Wellness van, consultation and evaluation services
and most recently, persuading the related to health care for many entities.
The Ira L. Myers Award for City of Brewton to turn the vacated Quinney is also known for his many
Excellence in Public Health was Brewton Middle School into a health statistics publications and his
established to honor Dr. Myers for community center where exercise devotion to advocating for the needs
his accomplishments by recognizing classes can be made available to the of the state’s rural residents. Quinney
an individual, group or organization community along with many other is reported as being instrumental in
that, through excellence in work, has valuable resources. Through their establishing a viable voice for rural
made a significant impact on some combined and dedicated efforts, health in Alabama. A close colleague
aspect of public health in Alabama. the coalition will continue to fight described him as “the consummate
to lower infant mortality rates, reduce professional and a champion for making
This year’s recipient, the Coalition obesity, promote healthy lifestyles, life better for the citizens of Alabama.”
and improve the quality of life and
exemplifies the intent of this award. public health in Escambia County. The Frederick S. Wolf Award
for a Healthier Escambia County,
The coalition’s mission is to improve recognizes an individual who has been
the quality of health for the citizens The D.G. Gill Award is intended to active in public health at the local level
of Escambia County. For 18 years, this honor an individual who has made and who has demonstrated efficiency,
group has met on a monthly basis an exceptional contribution to public dedication and professionalism in
to discuss strategies and actions to health in Alabama. This year’s winner delivery of public health services, and
address issues that directly impact of the Gill award, Dale Quinney, has who has provided unselfish community
the overall health of the citizens given over 26 years of public service services in areas unrelated to public
of Escambia County. The coalition to the citizens of Alabama. Quinney health. This year’s award winner, Tim
represents a broad array of agencies received degrees from the University of Hatch, now works for the Center
and individuals, and the agreement Alabama and the University of Alabama for Emergency Preparedness of the
that “no one cares who gets the at Birmingham. He received the Ira L. Alabama Department of Public Health,
credit” has contributed to the amazing Myers Scholarship to pursue public but began his public health service
accomplishments achieved by this health studies in 1990, and in 1999 career almost 17 years ago as an
environmentalist at the Montgomery
County Health Department. As a
veteran of environmental health, Hatch
has made it his goal to learn all he
can about the environmental impacts
on human health. Even though his
latest career position has taken him
out of the Bureau of Environmental
Services, he is learning the value of
environmental health as related to
disaster preparedness and response.
Pictured, left to right, are Viki
In addition to his work at the
Brant, Ricky Elliott, Tina Findley,
health department, Hatch served
Dr. Marsha Raulerson, Dr. Dan
Raulerson, Ruth Harrell, Jamie
Manning, Phyllis Redmon and
Sheryl Vickery. Dale Quinney and Viki Brant
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This year’s recipient, Samarria
as the president of the Alabama Dunson, has had a substantial impact
AlPHA, continued from page 5
Environmental Health Association in on the health and safety of Alabama’s
2007-2008 and served on the board citizens as she carries out her duties
for eight years. Currently, he serves in the Office of General Counsel of the
as an adjunct instructor for FEMA’s Alabama Department of Public Health.
Center for Domestic Preparedness In her current position, she serves as
and supports AlPHA by chairing the the HIPAA Officer for the department
as well as managing cases for Certified
Bylaws Committee and is the 2012-
Nursing Assistants, unlicensed facilities
2013 vice president. Ms. Brant said,
and vital statistics.
“Co-workers and colleagues agree that
Hatch is energetic about his work and
works tirelessly to ensure success at
whatever task is given to him.”
Support letters for her nomination
state that Ms. Blakely “provides the
highest level of customer service as
she assists in coordinating local, state
or national training programs.” She
is also described as being “astute
and perceptive in foreseeing issues
and handles the tasks given her with
efficiency and professionalism.” Ms.
Blakely’s co-workers admit that
her enthusiasm and excellence has Ms. Dunson is not only a dedicated
Sammaria Dunson and Viki Brant
been instrumental in building the ADPH employee, but she is also
dedicated to helping others by
successful reputation of the Video
supporting multiple organizations
Communications and Distance
focusing on the improvement of the
Learning Division of the Alabama
citizens of Alabama. Recently, Ms.
Department of Public Health.
Dunson assisted the Montgomery
County Bar Association with raising
Ms. Brant said, “Ms. Blakely
Tim Hatch and Viki Brant
Hatch received his bachelor’s degree $37,500 for One Place Family Justice
from Auburn University and a Master encompasses all the qualities one Center, a comprehensive service and
of Public Administration degree from desires in an employee, a co-worker and support center which provides safety,
Auburn University Montgomery. a friend. It is apparent to all who work access to services, and confidentiality
Outside of work, he is a husband, father with Sandra that she truly enjoys her for victims of domestic violence.
and deacon at his local church. He also work and the people with whom she
enjoys traveling and is an avid hunter works. Her dependability, adaptability Ms. Dunson received her bachelor’s
and follower of the Auburn Tigers. and humbleness of character are the and law degrees from the University
qualities which make her deserving of Alabama. She is a wife, mother and
The Virginia Kendrick Award recognizes of such an honor as the recipient of devoted family member. She is also
individuals who have provided notable the Virginia Kendrick Award.” involved in numerous professional
service to the people of Alabama and civic organizations.
while serving in a supporting role in The Guy M. Tate Award is presented
the field of public health. This year’s annually to a public health employee, The recipient of the Anne M. Smith
recipient, Sandra Blakely, has provided group or agency with 10 years or Public Health Nurse of the Year Award
notable service in the Bureau of Health less tenure in public health for must exemplify the mission of public
Promotion and Chronic Disease and outstanding current or recent service health nursing in Alabama which
to public health workers across the or contribution to public health. is “to assure conditions in which
state and the country for the past 20 The service should be beyond the individuals, families and communities
years. She is a wife, mother and devoted job assignment and be one which can be healthy utilizing the unique
family member. promotes and protects public health. expertise of public health nurses to
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assess, plan and implement programs
which promote health and prevent
disease.” Those working closely with
this year’s award recipient, Valerie
Cochran, feel that she exemplifies this
mission and serves as an excellent
example of public health nursing.
supported AlPHA himself but as an
Ruth Harrell and Ricky Elliott
administrator in the department he
has supported attendance and active
participation by other employees. His
dedication to the association can be and has allowed the members of
Ruth Harrell and Dr. Max Michael
further demonstrated by the many the association to pursue advanced
roles of leadership to which he has degrees while continuing to perform
been elected by his peers, including their work-related duties. He is truly
Ms. Cochran has been a public health AlPHA vice president, president- a public health professional who has
nurse for 24 years and demonstrates elect and president, and his service dedicated himself to the advancement
the characteristics of a nurse leader in other capacities. He was awarded of AlPHA, making him highly qualified
every day. She is known nationally for the Ira L. Myers Scholarship to the for induction to the Hall of Fame.
her nursing expertise and exhibits University of Alabama at Birmingham
not only knowledge, but concern for School of Public Health for two years The Ira L. Myers Scholarship is
both patients and staff. Her colleagues as he worked to increase his fund of awarded annually to a student who
describe her as passionate about knowledge further preparing him is a candidate for a Master’s or
nursing and nursing education. She to provide the level of management Doctorate of Public Health degree
is also innovative in her support and needed to advance within the field at the School of Public Health at the
participation in public health services of public health. University of Alabama at Birmingham.
and has the ability to “focus on the The scholarship is given in memory of
task at hand without losing sight of Dr. Michael has served as an active Ira L. Myers, M.D., M.P.H., who served
the big picture.” participant of the AlPHA board for as the State Health Officer of Alabama
more than a decade and has done a for 23 years.
Ms. Cochran is involved in numerous great deal to assure the stability of
organizations and has served on the the members of the association as This year’s recipient is Evan Floyd. He
board of the Alabama Public Health beneficiaries of scholarship funds. is currently pursuing his Doctorate of
Association since 2007. Recently, He has been an avid supporter of Public Health with a strong interest
she was honored as the 2012 the educational programs as well in industrial hygiene. While his main
Distinguished Nursing Alumni from as the annual conferences, having project is developing a new sampling
the Auburn University Montgomery served frequently as a program method using carbon nanotubes,
School of Nursing. presenter. His reputation as a public he took time to participate in an
health professional at the state and exploratory sampling trip following
Inducted into the Class of 2012 of national level has placed him in a the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Floyd
the AlPHA Hall of Fame were Ricky position to be recognized often by is described by his professor as having
Elliott and Dr. Max Michael. various awards and honors. His high professional ethics, being a
dedicated commitment to AlPHA dedicated father and community
Elliott has been an active member is demonstrated by his continued member and a future leader in the
of AlPHA since the beginning of his support and willingness to serve the field of industrial hygiene. He is
public health career and has supported membership in various ways each year. already noted to have presented at
the association by his commitment His continued direction at the UAB national conferences as well as the
of time and dedication to the mission School of Public Health has provided AlPHA conference last year.
of the organization. He has not only a very high quality of leadership
JUlY 2012 A l A b A m A’ s H e A l t H 7
National Clinical Laboratory Professionals Week
Bureau of Clinical Laboratories staff members Door prize drawings, such as this one in which an
collected donations of food for the Montgomery Area Auburn University back-scratcher was won, added to
Food Bank and pet supplies for a local humane society. the fun.
A blood drive was also conducted onsite on April 25.
Lab employees who purchased and donned T-shirts are Spirited and fun events for National Clinical
shown at the building entrance on “Feelin’ Lab-tastic Laboratory Professionals Week included field games
Friday.” In addition, Gov. Robert Bentley, Mobile Mayor on Friday, and a guessing game where photos of
Sam Jones and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange each employees’ noses were displayed and staff guessed
signed official proclamations for the week of April 24-27. the identities of the people to match the noses.
Special days included Team Colors Day, Wacky Tacky
Wednesday and Hat Day.
Webcast Raises Awareness of Bullying
he Office of Minority Health offered a webcast program
T on bullying in today’s society. The program was intended
to raise awareness around the impact of bullying on mental
health issues in children and adolescents. Information
was provided on signs and symptoms, characteristics of
bullying perpetrators and survivors, and types of bullying
including texting, sexting and cyberbullying. Speakers also
provided tips on how to address bullying in their schools,
churches and communities. Pictured from left to right are
Dr. Debra Hodges, Melanie Beasley of the Family Sunshine
Center, Elana Parker Merriweather and Julia Sosa.
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Skin Cancer Booth a Success Retirees
at Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
he Alabama Comprehensive examined those who were concerned
T Cancer Control Program about spots on their skin. Bureau of Clinical Laboratories
participated in a skin cancer
awareness booth April 27-29 at Attendees and tournament staff were Etowah County Health Department
the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic at the extremely enthusiastic about the
Magnolia Grove Robert Trent Jones ACCCP’s presence and were interested Bureau of Information Technology
golf course in Mobile. in protection from skin cancer. Some
passersby stopped to talk about their Baldwin County Health Department
At the booth, staff members Scott experiences with melanoma as well
Thomas and Bret Stanfield from as other types of cancer. Public Health Area VII
the ACCCP and Gavin Graf and Erica
Anderson from the FITWAY Colorectal The mother of Lexi Thompson, runner- Madison County Health Department
Cancer Prevention Program talked up in the tournament, stopped by the
with arriving spectators, vendors and booth to grab some lip balm and let Washington County Health
tournament staff on ways to prevent the staff know that Lexi had attached Department
skin cancer. a “Be Tobacco Free” carabiner to her
The team brought plenty of Colbert County Health Department
educational skin cancer material and This year’s tournament marks the
free items, including reusable grocery fifth ACCCP and LPGA partnership Tallapoosa County Health
bags and golf towels complete with at the Magnolia Grove Robert Trent Department
the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Jones golf course.
Control Coalition logo. Sunscreen and Etowah County Health Department
SPF-15 lip balm, “Red is Not Your
Marshall County Health
By Bret Stanfield
Color” fans and golf tees were also
popular items at the booth. Department
Local dermatologist Scott Freeman, Etowah County Health Department
M.D., was also on hand Saturday
morning to administer free skin Houston County Health Department
cancer screenings to more than 20
attendees who took advantage of
Macon County Health Department
Dr. Scott Freeman (left) of Sunrise
this opportunity. Freeman answered
Dermatology helped with the skin Floy Crowley
questions about skin care issues and
cancer booth at the Mobile Bay
Montgomery County Health
LPGA Classic by administering
free skin cancer screenings.
Bureau of Health Provider
Choctaw County Health
Talladega County Health
Talladega County Health
Colleagues honored Shellie F.
Lyles upon her retirement from
Chilton County Health Department
the Oral Health Program with
Bureau of Clinical Laboratories 25 years of service. Chris Haag, Patricia Tidwell
Monroe County Health Department
Director Sharon Massingale deputy director of the Bureau of
presents a retirement certificate to Family Health Services, hands her Fannie Watts
Craig Wilson upon his retirement a retirement certificate as her
following 25 years of service. family looks on.
JUlY 2012 A l A b A m A’ s H e A l t H 9
Trauma Care Telestroke Pilot
Project Will Advance Stroke Care
he Alabama Department of Public Health has awarded The public is encouraged to become familiar with the
T grants totaling $55,000 to establish a system to help symptoms of stroke, which are as follows:
purchase necessary equipment and training to extend
improved stroke care expertise to hospitals in the
Montgomery, Prattville and Andalusia areas. Stroke is an emergency. If you are among the millions of
Americans who are not yet familiar with the symptoms
In the pilot project, specialists will use videoconferencing of stroke, here is a quick and easy way to remember how
technology to remotely examine the patient, confirm to recognize a stroke when it happens to someone you
the diagnosis, interpret the brain images, and provide know. Remember the word FAST.
recommendations to the hospital’s physicians. The project
follows a “hub-and-spoke” model which will be created
through a partnership with Baptist Medical Center South Can the person smile? Has his or her mouth or eyes drooped?
F = Facial Weakness
in Montgomery as the “hub” and Prattville Baptist Hospital
and Andalusia Regional Hospital as the “spokes.” Can the person raise both arms? Is one arm slightly lower?
A = Arm Weakness
Dr. Steve Suggs, medical director of the Stroke Center at Can the person speak or see clearly and understand what
S = Speech/Sight Difficulty
Baptist South, says the telemedicine service will save lives you say?
and reduce disability. “The grant monies are being utilized
to enable technology that allows hospitals that don’t have Time loss is brain lost. Call 9-1-1.
T = Time to Act
emergency neurology coverage to treat stroke patients in
a timely manner.” If a person experiences any of these symptoms or observes
them in anyone else, call 9-1-1 at once. Evaluation and
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and one of the therapy are needed to obtain the best possible stroke
leading causes of death in the U.S. Alabama has one of outcome.
the highest stroke mortality rates in the entire country.
A conservative cost estimate for one stroke in Alabama For more information on cardiovascular health, visit adph.
is approximately $140,000, including hospitalization, org/cvh or http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG.
treatment and rehabilitation.
When treating an acute stroke patient, time is foremost.
One of the most important treatments emergency room
physicians use is Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA), a
blood thinner which dissolves artery-clogging blood clots
which cause most strokes. TPA may only be administered
within three hours (and up to 4.5 hours in certain cases)
following onset of stroke symptoms. Effective use of
telestroke and timely use of tPA could decrease length of
stay, rehabilitation, and nursing home costs.
“This project has the potential to dramatically improve
quality of care given to stroke patients by saving precious
time and delivering expert neurologic care to patients
experiencing stroke symptoms,” said Dr. Donald Williamson,
state health officer.
Additional benefits include eliminating unnecessary transfers
and reducing costs through shorter hospitalizations and
Pictured, left to right, are Melissa Davis, Patty
providing a more accurate and timely diagnosis.
Ashworth, Amy Herrington, Ben Kelley, Jr., Ginger
Henry, Dr. Steve Suggs, Dr. Donald Williamson and
Dr. Steve Selinsky.
10 A l A b A m A’ s H e A l t H JUlY 2012
School Personnel Join Scale Back Alabama 2012
early 30,000 persons participated in the 2012 Scale The 10-week competition for adults was held from January
N Back Alabama weight-loss competition, and a total of through April. Scale Back Alabama is a joint project of the
148,963 pounds were lost. The sixth annual competition Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Department
was comprised of 514 teams of four persons in which of Public Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
all members lost 10 pounds; 7,649 individuals lost at
least 10 pounds. The program addresses the problem of obesity in Alabama,
as summarized below.
Molly Killman, M.S., R.D., L.D., assistant director of the
Nutrition and Physical Activity Division, coordinated the
Scale Back Alabama Schools Program which targets school
personnel. In its third year, Scale Back Schools gives public
Excerpts from ‘The Cost of Obesity to You’
and private school faculty and staff the opportunity to
• The Obesity Action Coalition states that there
work in teams to achieve a healthy lifestyle while being a are more than 30 medical conditions that are
positive role model for their students. Schools that formed associated with obesity. The most prevalent obesity-
five or more teams were eligible to become a Scale Back related diseases include: high blood pressure;
School. These schools received special recognition and high cholesterol; diabetes; heart disease; stroke;
were entered in a separate school drawing for prizes that gallbladder disease; osteoarthritis; sleep apnea
promote good physical activity and nutrition behaviors and respiratory problems; and some cancers
for the students. (endometrial, breast and colon).
“The Scale Back Alabama School program is a unique way • ObesityinAmerica.org reports that more than 80
to teach children about the importance of good health at percent of people with Type 2 diabetes, the most
school through role modeling,” Ms. Killman said. “This common form of the disease, are obese or overweight.
year, there were nearly 1,900 teachers, school nurses,
administrators, nutrition staff, and others from across • According to the U.S. Surgeon General, obese
the state working to scale back and get healthy!” individuals have a 50 percent to 100 percent
increased risk of premature death from all causes
Sixty-seven Alabama schools took part in Scale Back Schools as compared to those with healthy weights.
in 2012, the third year of the program. The randomly
selected 2012 Scale Back Alabama Schools prize winners • Individuals who are obese have 30 percent to 50
were Mary B. Austin Elementary School in Mobile and percent more chronic medical problems than those
Grantswood Community School in Irondale. These two who smoke or drink heavily. The effects of obesity
schools received a physical activity equipment tool kit that are similar to 20 years of aging.
will enhance physical activity in their students. This was
made possible thanks to the support of the Nutrition and
Physical Activity Division and the Governor’s Commission
(Roland Sturm, UCLA/RAND Managed Care Center for
on Physical Fitness.
Psychiatric Disorders, The Effects of Obesity, Smoking
and Drinking on MedicalProblems and Costs, Health
A special feature this year is that participants received
Affairs, March/April 2002.)
• While being overweight and/or obese can negatively
encouragement from Biggest Loser contest winners and impact one’s health, adopting a healthy lifestyle can
sisters Olivia Ward and Hannah Curlee. The sisters lost a improve an individual’s chances against sickness and
combined 249 pounds during the competition and now disease.
travel the country encouraging Americans to eat less and
move more. During the contest, they shared valuable • According to the U.S. Surgeon General, weight loss, as
advice with participants through weekly emails that modest as 5 to 15 percent of total body weight in a
offered health tips and encouragement. person who is overweight or obese, reduces the risk
factors for some diseases, particularly heart disease.
“Mission Slimpossible” from Jefferson County and Weight loss can result in lower blood pressure,
“Slenderellas” from Tuscaloosa County were voted the lower blood sugar and improved cholesterol levels.
team name contest winners.
JUlY 2012 A l A b A m A ’ s H e A l t H 11
Calendar of Events
ADPH Statewide Changing Paradigms in STD Update 2012, Caring for Obese Patients in
July 12 July 18 July 25 August 8
Staff Meeting, 3-4 p.m. Maternal and Child Health: 10 a.m.-noon. Home Care, 2-4 p.m.
Innovative Lessons from the
For more information contact Life Course, noon-1:30 p.m. For more information contact For more information contact
Video Communications, Thresa Dix, (334) 206-3377. Becky Leavins,
For more information contact
(334) 206-5618. Video Communications, (334) 393-5528, or Shirley
(334) 206-5618. Offutt, (334) 206-2481.
Act Early Alabama: Early Influenza Update for ADPH HIV Expanded Testing at Managing the Obese Patient;
August 9 August 14 August 23 August 29
Identification of Autism Staff, 1-2 p.m. HBCUs, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Nutrition, Skin and Mobility
Spectrum Disorders and Other Issues, 2-4 p.m.
noon-2 p.m. For more information For more information
For more information
contact Tracey England, contact Brenda Cummings,
For more information contact contact Becky Leavins,
(334) 206-2047. (334) 206-5364. (334) 393-5528, or Shirley
(334) 206-5618. Offutt, (334) 206-2481.
Smoking Cessation Home Health Program, 2-4 p.m. Healthy Aging in Livable Home Health, 2-4 p.m.
September 11 September 12 September 19 September 26
Coverage for Plan First Communities, 2-4 p.m.
Recipients, 2-4 p.m. For more information For more information
contact Becky Leavins, For more information contact contact Becky Leavins,
For more information contact (334) 393-5528, or Elana Parker Merriweather, (334) 393-5528, or
Annie Vosel, (334) 206-2959. Shirley Offutt, (334) 206-7980. Shirley Offutt,
(334) 206-2481. (334) 206-2481.
ADPH Statewide Home Health Program, 2-4 p.m. Diabetes, 2-4 p.m. Home Fit for Living (National
October 4 October 10 November 7 November 8
Staff Meeting, 3-4 p.m. Caregivers Month), 2-4 p.m.
For more information For more information contact
For more information contact contact Becky Leavins, Debra Griffin, (334) 206-2066. For more information contact
Video Communications, (334) 393-5528, or Elana Parker Merriweather,
(334) 206-5618. Shirley Offutt, (334) 206-7980.
12 A l A b A m A’ s H e A l t H JulY 2012