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osing driving privileges spells the loss of independence for
many elderly people, and in some cases family and friends
are drawn into conflict when trying to persuade loved ones
to give up their car keys.
So for what reasons should a person give up
driving? Who will do the grocery shopping, banking
and other errands?
These questions and related challenges are the focus of inves-
tigation by a new National Older Driver Research and Training
Initiative launched at the University of Florida.
A $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and the Federal Highway Administration is supporting
the project, aimed at helping older people remain independent by
promoting safe driving, offering interventions to help people drive
safely longer and providing counseling, education, and training on
alternatives to driving.
"We must better understand how to assess driving performance
as America's population ages," said William Mann, Ph.D., who is
directing the project as part of the UF Seniors Institute for
Transportation and Communications. "Not only are the numbers and
proportion of older Americans increasing, but a greater proportion of
seniors continue to drive, and the incidence of injury and fatality
resulting from motor vehicle crashes involving seniors continues to
grow at a rate faster than that of the overall population."
To launch the project on a solid foundation, UF researchers
hosted an international conference last December in Arlington, Va,
at which driving experts from around the nation reached a consensus
on best methods for assessment, remediation, and transitioning to
non-driver status. Mann said the protocols recommended at the
conference will be tested by UF researchers at driving rehabilitation
sites in Jacksonville, Orlando and the Gainesville/Ocala area.
"We plan to develop reliable and valid approaches to deter-
mining the fitness of elders for unrestricted or restricted driving,
and develop approaches to solve problems related to unsafe driving,"
said Mann, a professor and chairman of occupational therapy at

UF's College of Public Health and Health Professions. "Our
faculty also will study the relationship between driving perform-
ance and age-related physical and cognitive decline, and chronic
diseases such as dementias, severe arthritis, diabetes and
visual impairments."
Mann added that UF's research and training efforts will focus
on interventions that extend the func-
tional capabilities of older drivers to
increase their ability to drive safely. The
challenges naturally include identifying
risk factors associated with unsafe driv-
ing in later years of life.
"We need to determine the
effectiveness of compensatory strate-
gies (using devices or adapting the car
or road environments) and examine
the impact of policies for partially
restricting driving for older persons Dr. William Mann
who have difficulty driving in certain
environments, such as on expressways," Mann said.
Widespread need for more trained experts in driving assessment
will also be addressed through the newly funded center.
"Our center is partnering with the American Occupational
Therapy Association to develop a model site for educating
occupational therapists as driver safety intervention specialists
who can assess the driving ability of clients, offer training and/or
equipment to enable a person to drive safely, and provide infor-
mation and counseling regarding transportation alternatives," said
Dennis McCarthy, the center's co-director. "Occupational thera-
pists make up most of the health-care professionals now serving
as driving specialists. They're trained to evaluate the physical,
sensory and cognitive tasks of daily living, including driving."
McCarthy said fewer than 300 certified driving rehabilitation
specialists are now working in the United States not enough to
meet the demands of a large elderly driving population. 0

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
The new unit, called the College
of Public Health and Health
Professions, will be integrated into
the well-established and comple-
mentary foundation at the
UF College of Health Professions,
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-
ship," Colburn said. "Expertise in
public health fields, ranging from
aging and disability to environmental
safety to measuring the effective-
ness of health interventions and
health policy, are more critical
than ever for the well-being of
our citizens."
The college will encompass all
six existing Health Professions
programs, as well as additional ele-
ments in epidemiology, biostatistics
and environmental health needed to
create a public health program. It
will offer the master of public health
degree with a specialty in any of five
tracks: health services administra-
tion, social and behavioral sciences,
epidemiology, biostatistics and
environmental health.
A doctoral degree in public
health will be offered in health
services research. Undergraduate
students will be able to jointly
enroll in the master of public health
program while completing their
bachelor's degrees. Students will
be able to subspecialize in aging or
rural health, and aging or rural health
tracks spanning the five core areas
also will be developed. e


dean's ESSAGE

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
services administration. The department of clinical and
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
many new program opportunities. We will offer a
combined degree for our undergraduates, enabling them
to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's of public
health. We will also offer certificate programs for the five
core areas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics,
environmental health, social and behavioral science,
and health management and policy. Next year we will
begin offering the master's of public health to working
professionals at distant sites. In addition, we will create
doctoral programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, and
social and behavioral sciences.
The changes in PHHP are exciting. The development
of new programs gives us the opportunity to reflect on all
we do and how we define ourselves as a college. While
the faculty has clearly embraced the opportunity to
expand our foundation to include the population perspective
intrinsic to public health, we have also reaffirmed
our 46-year history as one of the leading educational
programs in health professions. We believe we can
successfully unite our historic emphasis with new
opportunities in public health.
As a graduate, you undoubtedly tend to think of the
college as it was during the period you attended UF
Even those currently enrolled tend to focus on the
program in which they are participating. The changes
we envision for the College of Public Health and Health
Professions reflect trends within the health-care and
educational systems in the United States.
At UF, because of the quality of our programs, we
have a unique opportunity to define the evolution of our
fields. Whether you are currently enrolled, plan to enroll in
the future or are part of our historic family, we hope you
find ways to join us in this exciting adventure. *


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little attention has been given
to preparing residents and
health-care providers in
America's sparsely populated
areas for possible bioterrorist
acts, even though experts
warn the risks such incidents would
pose to human health appear equally
great in rural and urban areas.
Now researchers with the UF
College of Public Health and Health
Professions plan to help fill that gap
through a two-year federally funded
project to evaluate bioterrorism pre-
paredness and health needs in rural
North Central Florida and the
Panhandle. The study is funded by an
$889,000 grant from the U.S. Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality.
The evidence obtained from the
study will serve as the basis for models
and tools that will be recommended
to policy makers and health-care
providers in order to improve bioter-
rorism preparedness in health systems
across the nation.
"Close to 65 million people in the
United States live in rural communi-
ties and have limited resources when
it comes to health care," said Aram
Dobalian, Ph.D., J.D., who directs the
study, which began in September.
"Nowadays, there isn't much dis-
tinction between urban and rural areas
as far as potential bioterrorist hazards

are concerned," said Dobalian, an
assistant professor in the department
of health services administration.
"Trains carrying cargo travel through
urban and rural areas, and chemical
plants may be located in small towns
as well as big cities.
"Problems can be worse in some
areas where there may be only one
physician available to treat people
from a large region," he added. "We
aim to assess existing resources and
response mechanisms in both rural
and neighboring urban communities
to meet anticipated health-care needs
arising from bioterrorist events, and
to examine how urban health profes-
sionals can serve supportive roles in
rural areas."
Dobalian said the study will
encompass about 40 selected sites and
involve in-person interviews with
people who run community health
centers, public health departments,
and primary care clinics or hospitals,
as well as with individual health pro-
fessionals and those who work in
schools, churches, long-term care
facilities, home health agencies and
other organizations. Researchers will
seek to determine what rural health-
care providers have already done to
prepare for bioterrorism involving
radiological, chemical or biological
agents, and how seriously they view

potential threats.
They also will
assess where
rural residents
go for health-
care services.
In addition
to promoting Dr. Aram Dobalian
preparedness for
bioterrorism and other public health
emergencies, the UF study is aimed at
assessing long-term health-care needs,
including treatment for chronic
physical ailments, rehabilitative care
and mental health services.
"We also will develop educational
programs for health-care providers
concerning important aspects of
mental health care, since comparatively
less attention has been paid to the
mental health needs of rural commu-
nities in the wake of catastrophic
events," Dobalian added. "One critical
aspect of bioterrorism involves terror-
izing people potentially over an
extended time and that contributes
to greater needs for mental health
services as well as the attendant
impact on chronic physical ailments.
Thus, having health-care providers
prepared to care for individuals who
experience such problems must be
considered a top priority in the
recovery of rural communities from
bioterrorist events." *

Health-care delivery

College professor researches planning strategies

College of Public
Health and Health
Professions researcher
has received a $250,000
National Science
Foundation grant to
develop planning tools that will help
administrators at health-care organiza-
tions deliver quality, affordable care.
Led by Murray C6t6, Ph.D., an
assistant professor in the department
of health services administration, a
research team is developing a set of
planning tools over the next three
years that draws upon health-care
capacity planning techniques.
Health-care capacity planning is
the science of predicting the quantity
and attributes of resources, such as
physicians, nurses, technicians, equip-
ment and facilities, required to deliver
health care at specified levels of quality
and cost. Successful capacity planning
matches appropriate resources with
demand, respects patient preferences
and needs, ensures resources are avail-
able when needed and avoids wasting
Nationwide, health-care organi-
zations are facing such challenges as
bed shortages, increased cost of

resources, declining government and
private reimbursements, and higher
demand for critical care, surgical and
emergency services.
"In most economic models,
the goal is to spend less money, but
health-care organizations also have a
set of performance objectives to meet,
including providing high quality care
and ensuring appropriate utilization
of resources," C6t6 said. "Planning
models that capture these two objec-
tives are necessary to improve the
delivery of care."
C6td said the goal of this
research project is to produce health-
care capacity planning tools that are
integrative, generalizable and useful
for a variety of health-care organiza-
tions, including outpatient practices,
community hospitals and major
medical centers. Previous research
in this area has tended to be either
facility or industry specific.
The researchers are working
with three health-care organizations
representing primary, secondary and
tertiary levels of care: the University
of Florida Student Health Care
Center, the emergency department at
York Hospital in York, Pa., and

Dr. Murray C6te

Holmes Regional Medical Center
in Melbourne, Fla. These organiza-
tions will help the research team
understand the issues and challenges
associated with health-care capacity
planning in their facility and will
provide the researchers with compre-
hensive patient, cost and resource
data related to their delivery of care.
"The broader impact of the
proposed research will be to improve
the effectiveness, patient-centeredness,
timeliness and efficiency of health-
care services, thereby improving the
quality of patient care and health
service delivery in the United States,"
C6te said. *


i. ,

Founding clinical and health psychology department chair Louis
Cohen, Ph.D., (front row, third from left) is joined by department faculty and interns in
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.

student NEWS

First occupational therapy
distance learning class graduates

The first graduating class of the department of occupa-
tional therapy's distance learning master's program traveled to
campus last December for a professional development semi-
nar and pre-graduation awards ceremony and dinner.
Introduced in January 2002, the two-year program is
designed for the practicing occupational therapist, and
content is focused on emerging practice areas, leadership
roles and independent practice. All course materials, including
tests and assignments, are Internet-based, and presentations
are conducted using streaming video.
The first Kay F Walker Distance Learning Student Award
went to Janice Owens of Jacksonville, Fla., for her outstanding

written work, communication, attitude and clinical application.

L -ll a

Graduates pictured above are back row, left to right:
Constance Daby; Nolan Barton; Marc Frazer, program instruc-
tor; and Emily Pugh, program instructor. Middle row: Elayne
McNamara; Janice Owens; Anne Musto; Mariette Burger and
Cheri Bruff. Front row: William Mann, department chairman;
Kristen Miller; Sherry Lynne Hill; and Kay Walker, program
director. Not pictured are Dana Alkhas and Renee Gamberoni.

faculty TES

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
at university research discussions, oversee research infrastruc-
ture and develop new research programs. *


Occupational therapy's Walker reflects on long, challenging UF career

n her first day as a UF instructor Kay
Walker, Ph.D., prayed that the students
wouldn't hear her knees knocking.
"I was scared to death," Walker
recalled. "I had agreed to teach, thinking
I would only do it for one semester. But
the students gave me good feedback and here I am all
these years later. I never thought I would be a lifer!"
Walker, a professor of occupational therapy at the
College of Public Health and Health Professions, retired
in December after 32 years, 16 of them as chairwoman
in the department.
She has Alice Jantzen, Ph.D., founding chairwoman
of UF's occupational therapy program, to thank for a
push in the right direction early on in her career.
"She must have seen something in me that I
didn't," Walker said of Jantzen. "She urged me to go to
graduate school after receiving my bachelor's degree
from the UF program in 1964, and then she asked me to
And it wasn't long before Walker decided that UF
was the place to build her career. She found that teaching,
developing curricula and clinical work was exciting,
challenging and provided plenty of opportunities for
"I was hooked," she said. "I feel fortunate to have
landed in academia as a career and to have been at UF
with its excellent faculty, students and administrators."
Still, the years she served were not without
"There were always new problems to solve and
most of them came down to people and money," Walker

said, adding that the 1980s were a particularly difficult
time financially for the university.
As one of very few female department chairs at the
university, Walker also took on the issue of equal recogni-
tion and compensation for female faculty members.
"It was difficult, not so much in our college, but
across campus women were not shown the same regard
they are now," she said. "The phenomenon you hear about
from those days gender-based salary
differences, women interrupted when
speaking or called on last I experi-
enced that."
Looking back on her years as chair-
woman (1984-2000), Walker said she is
proudest of her role in helping the depart-
ment weather storms and keeping the
educational programs strong and growing.
She developed one of the first master's -
programs in the country for people with a
bachelor's in non-occupational therapy
fields and, most recently, one of the first
occupational therapy distance learning
master's programs for working profes- Dr. Kay Wal
sionals. She has seen her dream of a doctoral program
realized with the development of the college's rehabilita-
tion science degree and is proud of her role in supporting
the career development of young faculty.
One of those young faculty members, Carolyn
Hanson, Ph.D., was hired by Walker in 1986.
"Kay took a chance by hiring me, as I had only a
few years of work experience," said Hanson, a lecturer
in the department. "I was given full rein to develop,

implement and market a program to help people get
back to work after a back injury on the job. During that
time I decided that I wanted to teach full time and was
hired with the proviso that I obtain my doctorate. Kay
had already demonstrated that one could go back to
school and enjoy it and set the tone for future faculty
members who were not prepared at the doctoral level
(not uncommon at that time). She has been compassion-
ate and truly interested in the welfare
of her students and faculty."
Walker's final month at UF
ended on a high note with the gradua-
tion of the first group of students in
the distance learning program, which
is gratifying, she said, and gives her a
sense of closure.
"The students who come into
our field genuinely want to help
humankind," she said. "Being able
to be with fine, bright, challenging,
diverse students has been very reward-
ing and I've learned a lot from them."

ker What's next? Walker says
that she will take a bit of a breather before over-commit-
ting herself to all the things she wants to do in retirement.
"Kay has always been willing to make contributions
when others wouldn't," said Robert Frank, Ph.D., dean of
the College of Public Health and Health Professions. "Her
retirement is such a loss for us." 0

Walker (above, left) demonstrates techniques for relaxing muscles
in a child's back to a student in this photo, taken in 1983.



Helping the world communicate

Hall leads speech pathologists, audiologists in

ames (Jay) Hall III, Ph.D., stumbled upon his
career path almost by accident.
Although Hall, chairman of the department
of communicative disorders, is considered an
international leader in audiology and is the
author of a book that is considered a standard
industry resource,
he may not have found his
way to an audiology career
if not for a set of chance cir-
After completing a
bachelor's degree in biology
from American International
College in Springfield,
Mass., Hall was searching
for a health profession that
matched his interests. .
When his wife, Missy,
started exploring the field of
speech pathology, Hall
decided to follow suit and
apply for scholarships in that
area. In what he calls one of i
the best breaks of his career, ,/.*
he received full tuition and a Dr. James Hall III
stipend from Northwestern
University in Evanston, Ill., which then boasted, Hall
soon discovered, the country's number one graduate
program in speech pathology and audiology.
Hall made another discovery while at Northwestern.
"I took my first class in audiology and I knew this was
it," he said. "Audiology combines all the features I was
looking for in a health profession. There are opportunities
for clinical, research and educational work, it is a relatively
new profession, you work with patients of all ages, and
audiologists are in great demand."
Following the completion of his master's degree in
speech pathology, Hall experienced his next big break.
Having decided that he wanted to live in Texas because
of its warm climate, Hall asked a Northwestern faculty
member to recommend someone he could contact for a
job in Texas. He was referred to James Jerger, Ph.D.,
described by Hall as the world leader of audiology.
"In my role as director of the audiology and speech
pathology services of The Methodist Hospital in Houston,
I hired Jay as a speech pathologist," said Jerger, now the
director of the Texas Auditory Processing Disorder
Laboratory at the University of Texas at Dallas. "Shortly
thereafter our census of speech patients declined to the
point where there weren't enough patients to keep everyone
busy. So I suggested to Jay that he might enjoy working
with the audiology patients for a while. This worked out so
well that Jay decided to go ahead with a doctoral program
in audiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He was a
wonderful student and one of the hardest workers have

ting-edge patient care

Hall went on to serve in academic and clinical director
positions at the University of Maryland, University of
Pennsylvania, University of Texas and Vanderbilt University,
arriving at UF in 2000. Here, he leads a department of audi-
ologists and speech pathologists who treat 15,000 patients a
year in the UF Speech and Hearing Center, educate hun-
dreds of students and support
the department's burgeoning
research program.
"Our department has an
international reputation for
providing state-of-the-art clinical
services," Hall said. "All of our
senior faculty members are
internationally known as clinical
scholars. That provides the
foundation for a strong aca-
demic program."
The department's distance
learning doctor in audiology
program, a joint program with
the communication sciences
and disorders department in
I the UF College of Liberal
h u Arts and Sciences, is the
biggest and, in many people's
opinions, best doctor of audiology
program in the country, Hall said. The department also
is closely involved in the College of Public Health and
Health Professions' rehabilitation science degree pro-
gram, with faculty members teaching and mentoring
students in the communication neuroscience track.
"Research is the least developed of the department's
three missions," Hall said. "Historically, the department's
emphasis has been on clinical work; we are currently work-
ing to expand research activities. Faculty members now
have more research funding than ever before, and all new
faculty recruits have research funding or research potential."
Hall will have more time for research and clinical work
when he steps down from the chairmanship role in June to
serve as the department's chief of audiology.
"I'm proud that over the past 25 years I have been
able to maintain one or two days a week for clinic work,
and I've had a direct impact on the lives of my patients,"
Hall said. "In some cases you are changing lives, such as
helping tinnitus patients who are threatening suicide or
diagnosing young children with hearing problems who
without treatment are statistically more likely to never
graduate from high school or find steady employment."
While Hall confesses he spends more time at work
than he should, free time is devoted to family and
traveling. Wife Missy is a special education teacher at
Kanapaha Middle School; son Jay is a UF graduate
student in wildlife biology; son Austin is a U.S. Marine
stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and daughter Victoria
is enrolled in the dual program at Buchholz High School
and Santa Fe Community College. e

visiting c H 0 LAR

...works with college faculty to

research new technique

for treating swallowing disorders



An international collaboration is under way in the
department of communicative disorders with the goal of
assembling research that will enhance the treatment of
swallowing disorders here and in Japan.
Mitsuyoshi Yoshida, Ph.D., D.D.S., a research assistant
and dentist from Japan's Hiroshima University, is working
with communicative disorders faculty members Michael
Crary, Ph.D., and Michael Groher, Ph.D., to study the effec-
tiveness of a tongue-strengthening exercise in improving
swallowing ability.
Yoshida's visiting scholarship is funded by the
Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare. Yoshida, whose
research background is in developing dentures for the
elderly, applied for the scholarship to have the opportunity
to study with researchers in the internationally known UF
swallowing disorders program.
During his six-month tenure, which began in October
2003, Yoshida is observing clinical care practices and
analyzing images of muscle movement during swallowing.
He also is assisting with a research project that will evaluate
a tongue-strengthening exercise for use in improving
swallowing function.
If the exercise (touching the tip of the tongue to the
roof of the mouth to strengthen muscles under the chin)
proves to be effective in research subjects, it could replace
a currently prescribed exercise that is harder for elderly
patients to do.
Yoshida expects that the research he conducts while
on campus will benefit his work in Japan.
"Most denture users are older, and many elderly have
swallowing disorders," he said. "My goal is to develop
dentures that are effective for eating and swallowing."
Groher sees benefits for the UF program as well.
"We will undoubtedly come away with data that is pub-
lishable, and the information from this pilot study will help us
secure research funding," said Groher, a clinical professor.
"The experience also provides nice exposure for us in
Japan, and my thought is that others will want to come." e





people with disabilities

Rehabilitation counseling alum uses experience,

education to lead independent living center

illiam Kennedy, rehabilitation coun-
seling (bachelor's '95 and master's
'97), started on his career path at an
early age.
"Both of my parents worked in
rehabilitation," Kennedy said. "My
stepmother was a rehabilitation counselor, and as a child
I had the opportunity to interact with people in the
disability community. I grew up without the perception
that any group of people is different from another."
After an injury at age 17, Kennedy experienced
rehabilitation services firsthand as he received vocational
rehabilitation services and dealt with access issues.
And Kennedy has applied his experience, advocacy
and UF education to his role as executive director of The
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida,
a position he's held since 2000.
Headquartered in Gainesville, the center is a private,
nonprofit organization that serves people in 16 counties
from six locations. The center offers four free core servic-
es to consumers: advocacy, independent living skills
education, information referral and peer support. The
center also provides sign language interpreting services,

transportation services, a mentoring program between
seniors and youth, employment services, and disability
awareness training.
Under Kennedy's leadership, the center has enjoyed
a growth explosion. Annual funding has risen from
$500,000 to $1.2 million, center office sites have expand-
ed from one to six, and most importantly, the number of
services and consumers served has nearly tripled.
Last year the center became only the third center for
independent living out of nearly 400 centers nationally to
seek accreditation from the Commission for the
Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). As part
of the accreditation process the center went through a
rigorous on-site survey, which resulted in the highest
level of accreditation that CARF awards.
"William has truly exceeded every expectation," said
Linda Shaw, Ph.D., president of the center's board of
directors and an associate professor in the UF department
of rehabilitation counseling. "He's an excellent manager,
and he is very committed and very bright. His greatest
gift is that he's wonderful with people."
Kennedy's relationship with The Center for
Independent Living of North Central Florida began when

he was a UF student and he sought out the center's serv-
ices for assistance with housing. He later volunteered at
the center and served on the board of directors while a
graduate student.
Hired in 1998 following graduation, Kennedy served
as the center's program director. He was mentored by
then executive director Robert Tilley, who was guiding
the center through a restructuring process to better under-
stand the needs of its clients.
"Everything we do is about consumer control and
making sure that people with disabilities have a level
playing field," Kennedy said.
The greatest needs for people with disabilities are
transportation, employment, housing and self-care, he
"Too often we see that if people had access to
just a few resources, they could have much higher
levels of independence and quality of life, but without
those resources their lives can be unnecessarily diffi-
cult. For some people the difference between being
able to live at home rather than in an institution may
just be being able to have a way to transfer in and out
of bed," he said. 0

The College of

Public Health and

Health Professions

would like to

express gratitude

to the following

supporters who

made gifts to the

college during 2003.


$100,000 $999,999
Brooks Health Foundation

$50,000 $99,999
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Aldrich
RDG Schutte Wilscam Birge
The Weitz Co.

$10,000- $49,999
Mr. & Mrs. Michael O. Bice
Louis C. & Jane Gapenski
Health First, Inc.
Lakeland Regional Health
Systems, Inc.
Ella E. Muthard
Horace W. & Vivian Sawyer
Winter Park Health Fdtn.

$1,000 $9,999
American Assn. of Retired Persons
AvMed, Inc.
Fred M. Berliner
Dara V. Bernard
Engage Media Solutions LLC
Eileen B. Fennell, Ph.D.
Gator Custom Mobility, Inc.
General Systems Design, Inc.
Kenneth J. Gerhardt
Samuel N. Holloway, Sr.
Robert P Hosford & Paula S. Lovett
F J. Kemker
Anne T & Rolf M. Kuhns
Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc.
Martin Memorial Health Systems, Inc.
Munroe Regional Healthcare Systems
Phonak, Inc.
Shands at the University of Florida
Walt Disney Co. Foundation
Wohlers Foundation

$500 $999
Sandra P. Adams
Mark A. & Daryl-Joy L. Adkins
Bosshardt Realty Services, Inc.
Elizabeth M. Chapman
David D. Clark
Roland W. Clements
William M. Donohoo
Pamela Woods Duncan
James W. Hall III
Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Hudson
Stacey C. Marsh
Daryl B. Nelms
Linda L. & George T Singleton
Linda W. Stallings
Student Physical Therapy Assn.
Widex Hearing Aid Co., Inc.

$100- $499
Jill M. Albaum
American Audiology Associates
Carl R. Anderson
Glenn Steven Ashkanazi
Tina W. August
Russell M. Bauer
Allen B. Baytop
Leslie F Behar
Andrea L. Behrman
Luise D. Bonner
Carlos D. Bonnot
Mr. & Mrs. Mark G. Bowden
Noel R. Braseth
Anna M. Bush
Ruby Louise Z. Butler
Mrs. Lorrayne C. & Kenneth R. Bzoch
Kelly C. Campbell
Constance D. & George J. Caranasos
Janice F. Carpenter
Robert L. Carrell
J. Tim Carter
Victoria A. Casey
Bettie B. Champion-Borton
Alice M. Chan

City of Gainesville
C-N-N Ventures, Inc.
Lauren K. Cohn
Barbara H. Connolly
Barbara J. Dale
Benjamin W. Dawsey, Jr.
Mitzi Dearborn, Ph.D.
Gerben DeJong
Teryl N. Delagrange
Neila J. Donovan
Jeannette R. Elliott
Elizabeth A. Findlan
Mark J. Flannery
Gordon L. Fletcher III
Robert G. Frank
Beverly W. Funderburk
Gainesville Otolaryngology Group, PA.
Gary R. Geffken
Randi A. Gerson
Mr. & Mrs. Todd L. Gilbertson
Sally A. Gleeson
Danny W. Gnewikow, Ph.D.
Kathleen D. Goodin
John P Graham
Jim J. Guillory
Richard R. Gutekunst
Robert K. & Carol H. Gwin
Elizabeth A. Hamber
Margaret J. Hamilton
Stephanie L. Hanson
Dawne G. Hohn
Alice E. Holmes
Emily H. Hoon
IBM Corp.
Lisa H. Jackson
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Jackson
Judith H. Johnson
Victoria L. Jones
Louis A. & Mary G. Kapicak
Kimberly K. Kazimour
Ana Kelton-Brand & Arthur H. Brand
Kathleen M. Klerk
Holly M. Knight
Susan L. Knowlton

Marcia J. Kroger
Sandra F Kuhn
Sarah C. Leppert
Terence A. Limb
Joseph C. Luckett II
Paula W. MacGillis
William C. Mann, Ph.D.
Carole J. Martin
Stephanie A. Matthews
Irene S. McClay
Linda R. McKeithen
Hannah D. M. McKelvy
Miami Hearing & Speech
Mary K. Morris
Capt. & Mrs. Stephen M. Mounts
Mary Murray-Harding
Theresa A. Mynatt
Catherine M. Nasby
Margaret P Nattress
Thomas J. Norwood
Dorothea M. Olsen-Dehon
Beverly L. Parrish
Laura K. Pascual
Pamela J. Patton
Takela D. Perry
James G. Phelan
Gilbert L. Phon, Au.D., FAAA
Phonic Ear, Inc.
Sara S. & J. Michael Plager
Emily S. Pugh
Lee A. Quintana
John E. Riski, Jr.
Mark E. Robitaille
Gary P Rodriguez
Rotary Club of Greater Gainesville
Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D.
The Hon. Dixie N. Sansom
Carmen Santiago
Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Schandel
Gerold L. Schiebler, M.D.
Daniel C. Schneider
Theresa Ryan Schrider
Hye-Kyeung Seung
John D. Shafer

Debra A. Shimon & John C. Rosenbek
Marsha D. Shuford
Alice M. Simmons
Cindy A. Simon
Ellen M. Smith
Frances U. Smith
Sandie Smith-Schoenborn
Society of Certified
Senior Advisors
John R. Solan
Holly L. Solsona
Jennifer M. Sonntag
Ronald J. Spitznagel
Susan A. Stallings-Sahler
Shawn M. Staneff
Barbara J. Steele
Laura E. Temple
Ann P Thomas
The Thomason Family
Laurie J. Thurber
Casey Tifft
Kathryn D. Torberntsson
Herbert J. Towle III
Mary Ann Towne
Mary E. Towry
Patricia A. Trama
Priscilla A. Tucker
Mr. & Mrs. David V. Uhr
Marilyn G. Ulmer
Siglinda M. Van Eldik
Robert Van Fleet
Krista H. Vandenborne
Dr. & Mrs. David A. Walker
Kay F. Walker
Preston A. Wells, Jr.
Thomas E. Wells, Jr.
Patricia M. Wierichs
Sara M. Woolley
Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Young
Mr. & Mrs. John E. Zentmeyer III
Mei Zhang
Vicky L. Zickmund


More than 150 College of Public Health and Health Professions alumni celebrated

Alumni Reunion weekend in the college's new facility last October. Alumni,

college advisory board members and faculty enjoyed a Friday evening reception

and a Saturday morning brunch, followed by the UF-Ole Miss football game.
Visit www.phhp.ufl.edu/alumni to view reunion weekend photos and give us your suggestions for next year's reunion.

alumni PDATES

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 diplomat 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. (Johnnye Brown) Quisenberry, rehabilitation
counseling '72, resides in Davenport, Fla., and works as a
guidance counselor, public speaker and seminar director.
She recently received her doctoral degree in education
and celebrated 30 plus years in education. She is the
co-author of a poetry book and has a second book, with
an emphasis on motivation, in the works. e

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Michael O. Bice, M.H.A., former senior vice
president and a health care practice leader for
Marsh, a global insurance broker, has been
appointed program director of the executive
master's in health administration program.
The executive master's in health administration
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,
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
other health-care leaders throughout the state
of Florida. This initiative is being undertaken to
better understand the opportunities for execu-
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. *


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