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November 1-7 is National Allied Health Professions Week

Logo for Allied Health Professionals Week

National Allied Health Professions Week, during November 1-7, honors the eight million health care providers working in more than 200 health care professions.

"Allied health practitioners are often behind the scenes providing quality health care delivered in this country," said College Dean Chukuka Enwemeka, Ph.D., FACSM. "Not only are these health professionals an integral part of the health care team, but there is tremendous support, facilitation and collaboration among the disciplines."

Allied health professions range from the biomedical diagnostic professions (i.e., medical technology, cytotechnology, radiologic technology and ultra-sonography), to the rehabilitative and therapeutic sciences (i.e., occupational and physical therapy, speech pathology and audiology), the human movement sciences, nutrition, athletic training, therapeutic recreation, health care administration and informatics - just to name a few.

The goal of National Allied Health Professions Week is to familiarize and educate the public about the allied health professions through educational materials and specially planned activities and events.

CHS will have information tables, staffed by CHS students, at various campus locations: Tuesday, November 2 in Enderis Hall (Lobby Area) from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm., and Friday November 5 in the Union from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

CUPH Publication Creates Buzz in Local Press

Trina Salm Ward
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Trina Salm Ward (CUPH) is the lead author (with several CUPH and CHS colleagues) of a recent article in the Wisconsin Medical Journal on Milwaukee's infant mortality rate. The article (and subject matter) has created interest on many fronts in the community. "Influence of Socioeconomic Factors and Race on Birth Outcomes in Urban Milwaukee," Wisconsin Medical Journal, Vol. 109, No. 5, 2010, pp. 254-260, by Trina Salm Ward, Naoyo Mori (CUPH), Timothy Patrick (CHS-HCI), Mary K. Madsen (CHS-HCA) and Ron Cisler (CUPH), summarizes the results of this collaborative study. It has been cited in Milwaukee Magazine's Newsbuzz and examiner.com. The full text of the article is available at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b8e5d8b8#/b8e5d8b8/20

Haertlein Sells Returns to CHS for a Special Lecture

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka and Dr. Lars Hode in Sweden
U.S. Army Major Carol Haertlein Sells (OST) and U.S. Army Major Johnson
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Major Carol Haertlein Sells (OST) is taking a two-year military leave to serve in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tex., where she is a faculty member for the new U.S. Army Doctor of Science in OT (DScOT) program. She recently came back to UWM to be the featured speaker at a Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) sponsored event.

During her talk, "The Roles and Opportunities for Occupational Therapists and the Army," she pointed out the valuable role OT's have in providing care for service members overseas and in the U.S. The areas of treatment range from behavioral health needs, to traumatic brain injury, amputee rehabilitation, burn and trauma rehabilitation, as well as ergonomics and upper extremity neuro-musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment.

SOTA collected donations for the military care package drive. Snack-type items will go to help service members including those in the OT combat and operational stress units. To donate items, please look for the military care bins in R2D2.

Advisors for the event were Heidi Plach (OST) and U.S. Army Major Johnson.

VISTA Award to Feifan Liu

Feifan Liu, an associate scientist (Research Faculty) working with Professor Hong Yu (HS) received funding through the UWM Graduate School Visits to Sponsors Travel Awards (VISTA) Program. The VISTA Program provides support for critical face-to-face meetings with individuals to discuss general agency priorities, targeted grant opportunities and specific research projects. The funding enabled Dr. Liu to attend the BioCreative 2010 Workshop, providing him opportunities to interact with world leaders in the biomedical text mining field from different countries and plan for future research grant proposal submissions.

Specialized Clinic for Persons with Hearing Loss

Community Audiology Services (CAS), located in West Allis, Wis., is an innovative collaboration between the UWM College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the Center for Communication, Hearing and Deafness. The collaboration began in 1995; the CAS clinic was established in 2006. It is a "one-stop shop" where clients can find all the products and services they need to live more successfully with hearing loss.

"It is estimated that over 28 million Americans have a hearing loss that can be treated," said Tricia Chirillo, a clinical audiologist who directs and practices at CAS. "No matter what your age or degree of hearing loss, our caring staff will guide you through the many treatment options available and help you discover how to deal with your hearing loss so you can live life more fully."

Audiological services include: comprehensive hearing evaluations; hearing aid evaluations and fittings with hearing aid orientation, adjustment, checks and repairs; assistive listening device assessments, fittings, orientation, training and consultation; custom earmolds for hearing aids and mobile phones; as well as hearing aid batteries and maintenance supplies. Services are provided to UWM students and staff as well as the Greater Milwaukee community.

CAS is also a training facility for undergraduate/graduate speech-language pathology and audiology students from CHS.

The center is located at 10243 W. National Ave. and can be reached at 414-541-HEAR (4327.)

Click here to view CAS brochure

CHS Advisory Board Member Receives Award

CHS Advisory Board member Greg Banaszynski
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Greg Banaszynski (pictured left), CHS Advisory Board member and vice president of Aurora Health Care's mid-market group, recently received the 2010 American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executives Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives Wisconsin Chapter. Banaszynski is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

UWM Chancellor Search Committee Named

Ginny Stoffel (OST) and Jacquelyn Fredrick (CHS Advisory Board member and president/CEO, Blood Center of Wisconsin) have been named to the UW-Milwaukee search and screen committee by UW- System president Kevin P. Reilly to help identify a successor to UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago.

FHE Students Attend Wisconsin Hospital Association Convention

By Sarah Bowlby, treasurer of Future Heathcare Executives (FHE), UWM Chapter

"A few FHE members and I had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin Hospital Association Annual convention, September 15-17, in Madison, Wis. It was a great learning experience for us all. We attended a variety of sessions that were very informative and gave us a real- life perspective.

One of my favorite sessions was "Looking into the Crystal Ball at the Fall 2010 Elections" with Larry Sabato, professor and director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. He talked about how, come November, there will be a "pendulum swing" in favor of the republicans. It was neat seeing how much this ties into healthcare and how important it was for hospital administrators to be aware of.

I also enjoyed, "Hospitals of the Future: Strategies in an Era of Health Care Reform." There was a lot of talk about health care reform, the financial crisis, business strategies; it was hard not to feel overwhelmed. Still, the session was uplifting because even though it may not be the best of economic times, there are still ways to run an effective hospital... it just may take a little more hard work and perseverance.

There were also numerous occasions for networking. It was great to introduce our student organization to real-world professionals. They seemed to really enjoy the fact that we are this invested in our futures. All in all, it was a great experience that will be an asset to me, both in the classroom and down the road in my career."

CSD Department Passes Accreditation with Flying Colors

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka and Dr. Lars Hode in Sweden
A CSD student checks a client's pitch and gives him exercises to improve his speech
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The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology (CAA) and Speech-Language Pathology notified the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders that after completing a three-day site visit in February 2010 and after careful analysis and compilation of their findings, the Speech Language Pathology Program has been accredited for eight years from May 2010 to April 2018.

The faculty and staff were commended for the incorporation of scientific and research foundations into the professional curriculum, as well as employing a high level of clinical supervision incorporating clinical knowledge with ethical standards of practice while following state and federal regulations. The CAA found the program met or exceeded expectations for student achievement in Program Completion Rates, Employment rates and Praxis Examination Rates.

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Volume 1, Issue 4
October 29, 2010

Important Dates

UWM Open House

Friday, October 29
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 30
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
UWM Union


UWM's Academic Adventurers Series

Friday, October 29
3:00 pm
American Geographical Society Library
Golda Meir Library, 3rd Floor, east wing

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka speaks about "Illuminating Health Care in Brazil"


"On Public Health" Luncheon Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 3
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Carroll University, Main Hall 101
100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI

"The Invisible Victim: Bring LGBT Intimate Partner Violence Out of the Closet" by Melissa Lemke, Research Specialist, Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH)


CHS Faculty Research Forum

Friday, November 5, 2010
10:30 - 11:15 am
Enderis 103

"Bringing Effort & Outside Activities Reporting into Focus"
Guest Speaker: David N. Harris
RSVP to Bev Gehring by 11/3/10


Veterans' Day Event

Thursday, November 11
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Zelazo Center, Room 250

"Fostering a Connected Campus Community"
Keynote Speaker: LTC Robert B. Humphrey, Garrison Deputy Commander, Ft. McCoy
With a Student-Veteran Panel Discussion, introduced by Dr. Michael McBride
Questions? Ask Heidi Plach (OST)


"Seminars for Researchers" Series

"Inside Federal Funding"
Friday, November 12
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lubar S151

by Dr. Robert Lowman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC Chapel Hill.
More information/register


"Guide to Foundation Grant Writing"
Friday, November 12
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Lubar S151

by Dr. Robert Lowman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC Chapel Hill.
More information/register


CHS Student Forum

Thursday, November 18
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
UWM Student Union
Wisconsin Room

Hosted by Dean Chukuka Enwemeka with a Q and A session and presentation by Northwestern Mutual on career opportunities in the health sciences.
All CHS students are invited.


CHS Advisory Board Meeting

Thursday, November 18
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Pfister Hotel


State and University Employees Combined Campaign (SECC)
"We Care"

October 4 - November 19

Another CHS Marathoner

Mukta Joshi
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Mukta Joshi (HMS) also ran in the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on Sunday, October 3rd with a time of 6:06. It was her first marathon.

Hunger Task Force Food Collection

CHS has joined with the entire UWM campus in collecting food for the Hunger Task Force. Please bring your non-perishable food items and place them in the box located in the Dean's Reception Area, Enderis 810, from October 15 thru December 14. Please share some food to fill the both the stomachs and the hearts of our neighbors in need!

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