UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
T he rate of Floridians without health insurance is climb-
ing, a new UF study finds, setting the stage for more
serious illness and higher downstream health-care
Researchers discovered that nearly 3 million resi-
dents, or more than 19 percent of the state's under 65
population, lack health insurance, up from 16.8 percent
when the study was last conducted in 1999.
Nationally, the uninsurance rate is 15.6 percent.
The study looked at Floridians under age 65, given that virtually
all Americans 65 or older have coverage through Medicare.
"Health insurance coverage is an important issue nationally
and in Florida, in part because insurance clearly has an impact on
our health," said lead researcher R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D., chair of the
department of health services research, management and policy. The
research team also included department colleague Colleen Porter.
The study's key findings include:
The most severe rates of uninsurance were among families
with annual incomes between $15,000 and $45,000.
Of ethnic groups, Hispanics had the highest rate of uninsur-
ance at 31.8 percent. African Americans followed with 22.6 percent
and for white non-Hispanics, the percentage was 14.3.
Uninsurance rates among young people, ages 19 to 24, rose to
35 percent, up from 27 percent in 1999.
Among people who work for companies employing fewer
than five people, nearly 40 percent were uninsured, compared with
5.2 percent of people working at companies that employ 1,000 or
Sixty-three percent of people without coverage cited cost as
the reason for not having insurance. The next most common reason,
cited by 9.6 percent, was that their employer doesn't offer insurance.
Among people without coverage, 42 percent reported delay-
ing or not obtaining medical care in the past year while 12.6 percent
of people with insurance delayed care.
Florida has successfully tackled the problem of uninsurance
in one group: children. A wide variety of new state programs aimed
at providing health coverage for children has lowered uninsurance
rates from nearly 12 percent of children birth to 4 years old in 1999
to 8 percent now.
"Many argue that the reason more people are uninsured in 2004
than in 1999 is an economic issue, citing the poor economy of recent
years," said Duncan, the Louis C. and Jane Gapenski Professor of
Health Services Administration. "But I believe more is going on.
Employers repeatedly indicate that they want to offer health insur-
ance, but they are increasingly skeptical of the value. On the other
hand, employees, especially those with moderate incomes, simply
cannot afford to buy health insurance unless the employer is bearing
part of the cost."
The nature of Florida's economy also contributes to uninsur-
ance rates that are higher than the national average. Employers in
the tourism, agriculture and service industries prevalent in the state
frequently don't offer health insurance, Duncan said.
But the consequences of high rates of uninsurance are serious.
"Health insurance is related to health care and health care is
related to health," Duncan said. "They are all tied to each other. If
Florida has low rates of insured people, we suffer lost productivity
and wages because people don't have access to the health care they
"A second consequence is that when people without health
insurance get sick, they are likely to delay care as long as possible
and then go to a hospital emergency room. Typically, hospitals don't
turn these patients away; they are all treated. The costs of treating
patients who are uninsured are borne in the short run by other pa-
tients at that hospital. Since many hospitals are community-based
organizations, those costs are ultimately borne by the entire com-
The UF study was funded by a contract from Florida's
Agency for Health Care Administration. Telephone interviews
were conducted with 17,435 households, collecting data on 46,876
health model for
safe older driving
A college professor has
recently received funding to
develop a public health model
for addressing the issue of
safe elderly driving.
Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D.,
an assistant professor in the
department of occupational
therapy, received a $490,000
career development grant
from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Clas-
sen will research and develop
a public health intervention
plan to promote safe older
driving during the three-year
The UF occupational
therapy department is home
to the National Older Driver
Research and Training Cen-
ter, a federally funded project
aimed at helping older people
remain independent as long
as possible. Classen's project
will complement the existing
older driver research agenda
by adding a population-based
"Unless we use an integrat-
ed approach, grounded in a
unifying public health model,
we will not have taken the
adequate steps to understand
how behavioral, ecological,
health education, administra-
tive, policy and regulatory
strategies may promote safe
elderly driving," Classen said.
"Continued neglect of these
needs, accompanied with
the graying of America, could
sharply increase the num-
ber of older people killed in
crashes and leave many more
injured and disabled." 0
This winter, we held a grand opening celebra-
tion for the new UF Gator-Tech Smart House, an
unusual research laboratory designed to evaluate
technology for aiding elders.
Located on the campus
of Oak Hammock at the
University of Florida, a
continuous care retire-
ment community, the
Gator-Tech Smart House
will assess the needs of
elderly individuals in a
home-like setting and de-
velop technological inter-
ventions to help them live
independently. The Smart
Dr. Robert G. Frank House project is a good
example of the three ways
our college is changing: Our research is increasingly
interdisciplinary and less centered upon UF; the
college has become fiscally self-sufficient, changing
the nature of our faculty member's activities; and
alumni and corporate gifts have become critical to
the college's future.
The Gator-Tech Smart House is directed by
William Mann, Ph.D., chair of the department of
occupational therapy and director of the Rehabilita-
tion Engineering Research Center. Dr. Mann's work
could not happen without the collaboration of Sumi
Helal, Ph.D., the center's director of technology and
a faculty member in the College of Engineering.
In this partnership, Dr. Mann and Dr. Helal have
combined their knowledge of human function, aging
and technology to develop a unique laboratory able
to examine technology from a novel perspective.
Partnerships that bring together individuals of differ-
ent disciplines have become critical to research in
Alumni and students often believe tuition pays the
cost of operations at UF, but in fact, state revenue
from tuition pays only a small portion of our college's
operating costs. In the current fiscal year, state rev-
enue covers only $8 million of our almost $30 million
budget. Through their clinical and research efforts,
college faculty provide the majority of the additional
$22 million required to operate the college by teach-
ing, doing research and providing clinical services.
In essence, each faculty member runs a small busi-
ness generating revenue to support the college.
The Gator-Tech Smart House was completed with
donations from three corporate sponsors involved in
the building of Oak Hammock: Praxeis, RDG Shutte
Wilscam Burge and The Weitz Company. Led
by Matt Weaver of Praxeis, the corporate donors
recognized the importance of studying the role of
technology in aging and agreed to support the proj-
ect, a type of donation that has become increasingly
important to the college.
In one year, we now graduate more students than
we graduated during our first 10 years. Alumni gifts
can address the greatest challenge we face help-
ing finance graduate education. Whether you give
personally or encourage your company to support
the college, you can make a difference for the col-
lege and UF. @
PHHPNEWS I WINTER 2005
Novel therapy is focus of new study
team will evaluate
of a new therapy
for the treatment
Led by Michael Crary, Ph.D.,
a professor of communicative
disorders, the team will investi-
gate how useful electrical stimula-
tion is in treating patients who are
unable to swallow food or drink
following disease or illness.
The therapy involves placing
electrodes on the patient's neck.
The electrodes put out very low
electrical currents, with the goal
of stimulating inactive muscles.
Electrical stimulation has
been used for years in physical
therapy and other rehabilitation
medicine fields, Crary said. And,
although it has shown promise,
electrical stimulation has never
been evaluated scientifically for
its effectiveness with swallowing
may be a good technique, and it
certainly is supported by a lot of
anecdotal evidence, but we need
to systematically study the out-
comes of the therapy and identify
who might benefit most from this
approach," Crary said.
An estimated 15 million
Americans have swallowing dis-
orders. The condition can affect
patients with stroke, Parkinson's
injury, or head and
will test VitalStim, ..
the only electrical
stimulation device 0
approved by the
United States Food
and Drug Adminis-
tration for this use,
with funding from
Following an Dr. Michael
evaluation of swallowing ability,
participants enrolled in the study
will receive electrical stimula-
tion therapy five days a week for
up to three weeks. At the end of
treatment, the patient's swallow-
ing ability will be re-evaluated to
measure his or her progress.
Researchers also will con-
duct two national surveys of
swallowing therapists to gather
information on how many people
are using electrical stimulation for
their patients and the outcomes of
"Eating and drinking at gath-
erings with family, friends and
business colleagues is so impor-
tant in our culture,"
Crary said. "People
who no longer have
that ability are sep-
arated from others
and may become
Swho has significant
restriction or loss
of swallowing abil-
ity will experience
a total change in
his or her life. It is
very important that
we find the most
Crary effective treatments
for swallowing problems." 0
Above: Clinical speech
pathologist Cynthia DuBose
places electrodes on Kurt
Berry, a research participant
in the study of electrical
stimulation for treating swal-
Rosenbek named chair
of communicative disorders
ohn Rosenbek, Ph.D., an
gist, has been named chair
of the department of com-
municative disorders. He
succeeds James Hall III,
Ph.D., who will continue as a profes-
sor and researcher in the department.
Rosenbek joined the UF faculty
as a professor in September 2000,
previously serving 25 years at the
Veterans Administration Medical
Center in Madison, Wis. He is a
fellow of the American Speech-Lan-
guage-Hearing Association and has
received the association's highest
honor, as well as the Kleffner Career
Clinical Award for outstanding clini-
In his research, Rosenbek
focuses on the evaluation and treat-
ment of adults with swallowing and
speech disorders. He is currently
investigating the use of transcranial
magnetic stimulation in the treat-
ment of swallowing disorders, a
common occurrence after stroke, and
is developing and testing behavioral
therapies for aprosodia, the inability
to express emotion through tone of
voice, in patients with neurological
"I am assuming the role of chair
of the department of communicative
disorders at a time of substantial
growth in its clinical activities,"
Rosenbek said. "I plan to nurture
that growth and help direct it to
areas of greatest need. The depart-
ment's education and research mis-
sions are growing, but not as rapidly.
Therefore, among my earliest and
most concentrated efforts will be the
encouragement of course develop-
ment and the hiring and support of
Dr. John Rosenbek
new, young researchers with present
or the potential for future funding.
"The men and women in this
department are hard working and
creative," he added. "My enduring
goal will be to let them know often
and publicly that the future depends
on them 0
Longtime clinical and health psychology professor Peter Lang, Ph.D.,
(center) is joined in his lab by former department colleagues Barbara Melamed and Bruce Cuthbert
in this 1983 photo. The figure on the computer screen could be modified in expression and activity
by a hand control and was used by patients to report their emotional reactions. The director of the
Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention, Lang is internationally known for his contributions
to the scientific study of human emotion, particularly fear and anxiety, and his pioneering work in
behavior therapy and biofeedback.
Helena Chapman, a student in the master's of pub-
lic health program, received a scholarship from the
American Public Health Association's Environment
Section. The award covered her registration and
travel costs for the APHA's annual meeting in Wash-
ington, D.C. In addition, Chapman's entry in the UF
Hispanic Graduate Student Association symposium
was recognized as the best poster presentation.
Praveen Saxena, a doctoral student in the depart-
ment of health services research, management and
policy, won second place in the 2004 Donald W.
Fogarty International Student Paper Competition,
Region 4. The American Production and Inventory
Control Society sponsored the competition.
Congratulations to these clinical and health psychol-
ogy students who successfully defended their doc-
toral dissertations and were left off of our list in the
last issue (our apologies). Suzanne Johnson, Ph.D.,
served as their dissertation chair.
The Effects of Family History on Patient Health Behavior:
An Examination of Youths with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Newborn Genetic Screening For Type 1 Diabetes: Factors
Affecting Maternal Risk Perception, Anxiety and Study
Kimberly Kirkpatrick Justice
Eating Disorders and Adolescents With Type 1 and Type 2
Diabetes Mellitus: Prevalence and Adherence to the
faculty N 0TES
Kenneth Bzoch, Ph.D., professor emeritus and
former chair of the department of communicative
disorders, recently authored "How Babies Learn to
Talk: A Book for New Parents and Grandparents."
For more information, visit www.authorhouse.com.
Joanne Jackson Foss, Ph.D., a clinical assistant
professor and director of professional graduate
programs in the department of occupational therapy,
has been named the college's assistant dean for
Jeff Loomis, associate director of the Center
for Telehealth and Healthcare Communications,
received the Regent's Award from the North Florida
Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Ex-
ecutives in the early career category.
Three staff members were honored as Employees of
the Year at the annual staff and faculty appreciation
dinner. They are Andrea Burne, assistant director
for health administration in the department of clinical
and health psychology; Janet Haire, office manager
in the department of rehabilitation counseling; and
Shankar Manamalkav, coordinator of computer
applications in the department of clinical and health
PHHPNEWS I WINTER 2005
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity draws
UF student to work in AIDS prevention
hen first-year clinical and
health psychology graduate
student Shannon Senefeld was
asked to serve as a technical
adviser for AIDS programs
in Africa, it was an offer that,
ultimately, she couldn't refuse.
The decision to take a two-year leave of ab-
sence from her Ph.D. studies in the College of Public
Health and Health Professions was a difficult one for
Senefeld. Applying to graduate programs and select-
ing the right program had been a grueling process
and she had firmly decided to put her professional
career on hold while she pursued her doctorate.
"Then this position opened up," Senefeld said.
While it might seem like a radical departure to
many, those familiar with Senefeld's background
wouldn't be surprised by the pull this international
opportunity had on her. She completed bachelor's
degrees in French and political science from Indiana
University and a master's degree in international
development from George Washington University.
In addition, Senefeld spent three years in Haiti,
working primarily on HIV/AIDS projects, and held
a four-month internship with the U.S. State Depart-
ment in Zambia.
Senefeld was particularly attracted to the newly-
created technical adviser position because of her
research interests in HIV/AIDS and other immuno-
logical or infectious diseases, as well as behavioral
health. The prospect of helping to decrease rising
infection rates in a vulnerable region of the world
made it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her.
With the support of program director Russell
Bauer, Ph.D., a professor in the department of clini-
S- ---- Shannon Senefeld (lower right) conducted a training session on nutrition
but also our rural behavioral health and living positively with HIV for this group of staff from Catholic Relief
program," Bauer said. Services and local organizations that provide counseling and testing.
Senefeld began work for
Catholic Relief Services, which offers programs for have lost at least one parent to AIDS.
people infected with HIV and AIDS that address pre- Despite these sobering facts, Senefeld is heart-
vention, AIDS-related stigma, poverty and burdens ened by the mindset of the people she serves.
faced by women. "I'd say that it's the most hopeful place I've
"Southern Africa has the highest HIV/AIDS ever been," she said. "There are so many negative
prevalence rates in the world, with new infections factors that could affect the people here every day.
occurring daily," Senefeld said. "I felt I had the op- It's astonishing, honestly. In addition to HIV, there's
portunity to come here at this point and try to make a malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and more. But the
positive difference." people here are happy and hopeful despite the poor
Based in Lilongwe, Malawi, Senefeld is re- health conditions. I've definitely learned as much as
sponsible for ensuring that all of the HIV/AIDS I've taught."
programming in a 12-country region is of the highest Upon her return later this year, Senefeld plans
technical quality possible. She provides training to to jump back into her doctoral studies and hopes to
staff and partners; designs program proposals; writes pursue a master's degree in public health. Her career
manuals; and conducts field evaluations and opera- goals include working in academia or for a research
tions research. organization that would allow her to maintain over-
Senefeld and her colleagues are working to seas links while being based in the United States.
stem the high rates of infection in the sub-Saharan "I continue to remain hopeful that we'll man-
region of Africa. Of the 38 million people worldwide age to harness the rising AIDS and HIV rates in Af-
with HIV or AIDS, 25 million live in sub-Saharan rica," Senefeld said, "[So that] hopefully the type of
Africa. Within this same region, 12 million children opportunity I have here will never happen again." *
S PHHPNEWS I WINTER 2005
Helping older minds
stay sharp after surgery
New service seeks to lessen
memory, thinking problems
new UF&Shands service is the
first in the nation to address cog-
nitive deficiencies older people
may experience following major
the department of clinical and
health psychology are offering a monitoring and
intervention program to reduce the impact of
memory, attention and mood disturbances that
can occur after surgery.
The Peri-Operative Evaluation and Treat-
ment Program (POET) is specifically designed
for people age 65 or older who are scheduled for
"Older age is the greatest risk for cogni-
tive decline after surgery," said Catherine Price,
Ph.D., a research assistant professor who studies
cognitive changes after surgery. "Unfortunately,
older adults often do not report changes in
memory or thinking until a problem or signifi-
cant accident occurs. This is especially true for
patients who already have memory or thinking
problems prior to surgery or for patients who
have limited family support."
Research led by anesthesiologist Terri
Monk, M.D., a former UF faculty member,
showed that 40
65 or older
the time of
15 percent still had
Although theories abound, the cause of
post-operative cognitive dysfunction is un-
known, Price said.
Price and department colleagues Dawn
Bowers, Ph.D., and Russell Bauer, Ph.D., work
to identify these memory or thinking changes as
early as possible so that appropriate cognitive or
pharmaceutical interventions can be introduced.
With the help of College of Medicine fac-
ulty and staff in the departments of orthopedic
surgery, anesthesiology and cardiology, at-risk
patients who may benefit from the service are
identified prior to surgery. The neuropsycholo-
gists perform baseline testing to understand the
patients' abilities and anticipate post-surgical
needs that would otherwise be missed.
"For example older adults in a mild stage of
dementia often appear normal to new acquain-
tances," Price said. "Consequently, because of
their normal presentation, staff members may
talk quickly, use big words, and potentially
provide discharge instructions to a patient who
has limited comprehension and memory ability."
The POET team also monitors patients'
abilities following surgery through additional
testing, and provides interventions, such as mind
exercises, for patients who have difficulties.
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Researcher works to
remove barriers to breast
Women who are African American, Native Ameri-
can or Hispanic face a greater risk of dying after a
breast cancer diagnosis than Caucasian women.
Amal Khoury, Ph.D., an associate professor in
the department of health services research, man-
agement and policy, is working to close the gap for
underserved women who are members of minority
groups, have low income or live in rural areas.
"The good news is that we have effective screen-
ing methods, such as mammograms and breast
exams, to detect breast cancer at early stages," said
Khoury, a recent faculty addition to the public health
program. "But not everyone has access to them."
Khoury and her colleagues are researching the
barriers to breast cancer care for underserved
women. Through focus group interviews with African
American women age 40 or older who have low
income, several obstacles have come to light.
"The barriers these women face are the fear of
finding cancer, the cost of screening and treatment,
and the lack of awareness of screening benefits and
guidelines," Khoury said. "Unfortunately, awareness
of programs that cover the cost of screening and
treatment for women with low income, such as the
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Pro-
gram, is very limited. Educational interventions to in-
form and empower underserved women are needed."
Khoury is also studying the referral behaviors of
primary care physicians. Uninsured women and
those who miss their annual checkup are less likely
to be referred for screening. Other referral barriers
include physicians' time constraints and reliance on
other providers to deliver primary care.
A third study looks at why women in minority
groups are underrepresented in breast cancer clini-
"We are finding that there is confusion about what
a clinical trial is and many misperceptions," Khoury
said. "Women who are members of minority groups
worry, for example, that they may not get treatment
and may be used as guinea pigs.
"It is important to educate women about the pur-
pose of trials, including the fact that participants will
receive the standard treatment or a more promising
one. Other strategies include using culturally sensi-
tive members of the community to recruit women,
encouraging physician referral and providing trans-
portation in rural areas."
Khoury became interested in women's health re-
search as a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins Univer-
sity in the early 1990s.
"At that time there was a national emphasis on
women's health and recognition of our limited knowl-
edge," she said. "The definition of women's health
was expanded from reproductive issues to across
the life span and funding was available to examine
the organization, financing and delivery of services. I
hope that my research can serve as a foundation for
developing programs that meet the needs of different
groups of women." 0
PHHPNEWS I WINTER 2005
Dr. Catherine Price
again three months later,
ALMIl a PPOTLI lmt
A case for dual degrees
Graduate demonstrates public health and law are a successful match
t first blush, public health and law
may not seem like an obvious
pairing, but Steven Gold is among
a growing number of public health
the versatility of the
degree and its application to several
Gold, who completed a mas-
ter's degree in public health and a
law degree from UF's Levin Col-
lege of Law in 2002, is putting his
public health knowledge to work
for Florida's Attorney General.
"Although it's a fairly unusual Steven
combination, I feel that it will grow
in popularity as students realize how public
health and law relate, especially in the health law
and health policy context," Gold said.
As the son of a public health professional
and a medical school professor, Gold had been
drawn to the health field as a child and his inter-
est in public health further developed when he
took a survey class on the topic as a Yale Univer-
When he was accepted to UF's law school,
Gold worked with College
of Law Associate Dean Gail
Sasnett-Stauffer to develop a
proposal for the two programs.
Working with program ad-
ministrators in both colleges,
students can develop a dual
M.P.H./J.D. degree for them-
selves if they want to pursue a
career as a public health pro-
fessional with an understand-
d ing of legal and policy issues,
or as a lawyer who specializes in
After graduation Gold spent two years
clerking for Justice Charles Wells at the Florida
Supreme Court. In his current position as Deputy
Solicitor General in the Solicitor General's office
of Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, Gold
frequently draws upon his public health educa-
"I deal with a wide variety of health law
questions on high-level civil appeals," he said.
"My knowledge and expertise in certain health-
related legal questions, based upon my public
health background, is a bonus."
Gold's long-term career goals include work-
ing for the Department of Justice in Washington,
D.C. and later, as a law professor specializing in
health-related topics. He continues to advocate
the benefits of a dual degree in public health and
law to prospective students.
"I have had conversations with quite a num-
ber of J.D. students to encourage them to pursue
the combination of degrees," Gold said. "I think
it's a unique combination that will really set you
apart from other attorneys. The dual degree pro-
gram works great in either scenario whether
it's a law student supplementing his or her educa-
tion with a health background or a public health
student supplementing his or her education with a
legal background." *
The College of
Public Health and
would like to
to the following
made gifts to the
college during 2004.
$100,000 and above
Brooks Health Foundation
State Endowment Matching Gifts
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald R. Aldrich
Louis C. & Jane Gapenski
RDG Schutte Wilscam Birge
Mr. & Mrs. Fred M. Berliner
Michael O. & Barbara A. Bice
Center for Independent Living
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Embassy of Italy
Eng, Denman & Associates, Inc.
Eileen B. Fennell, Ph.D.
Samuel N. Holloway, Sr.
David A. Klodd
Rolf M. & Anne T. Kuhns
Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc.
Munroe Regional Healthcare Systems
North Central Florida Health Planning Council
Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
Shands at the University of Florida
Donald G. Steiner
Walt Disney Co. Foundation
Mark A. & Daryl-Joy L. Adkins
Joseph M. Catania
Peter F. Doran
Pamela Woods Duncan
Gator Custom Mobility, Inc.
Henrietta H. Goldstein (d)
William C. Mann, Ph.D.
J. Paul Melton
Linda W. Stallings
The Stroke Group, Inc.
Patricia Y. Welton
John F. & Marjorie J. Alexander
Herbert L. Anding
Ann M. Ashe
Tina W. August
Sharon L. Blackburn
Luise D. Bonner
Leslie D. Bram
Kelly C. Campbell
Cody D. Cox
Martha F. DeCoster
William M. Donohoo
Sherry B. Eisenbach
Kathleen Conboy-Ellis, Ph.D.
Robert G. Frank
Karen B. Froming
Patricia N. Gamblin
Yvette N. Garate
Robert J. Goldstein
David J. Greene
Richard R. Gutekunst
Alison G. Hamm
Stephanie L. Hanson
Hope J. Harris
Mrs. Rene L. Hendrickson
John T. Hoehn
Dawne G. Hohn
Alice E. Holmes
G. A. Huchting
Bruce A. Huddleston
Louis A. Kapicak
Kimberly K. Kazimour
Ana Kelton-Brand & Arthur H Brand
Thomas R. Kerkhoff
Nicholas J. LaBean
Patricia W. Longshore
Anatole D. Martin III
Joan W. Mathews
Randall S. McDaniel
Maj. & Mrs. Stephen M. Mounts
Theresa A. Mynatt
Nina A. Nabors
Lisa M. Nesbitt
Kathleen Kay Nichols
Thomas J. Norwood
Michael G. Perri
Laura J. Perry, Ph.D.
Peter M. Polshek
Mark E. Robitaille
Rotary Club of Greater Gainesville
Ronald H. Rozensky, Ph.D.
Michelle J. Rubin
Horace & Vivian Sawyer
Donna L. Scheitler
Debra A. Shimon & John C. Rosenbek
Stacey C. Somers
Ronald J. Spitznagel
Eric W. Stevenson
Doris L. Stoliker
The Thomason Family
Herbert J. Towle III
Michele S. Townshend
Priscilla A. Tucker
Mrs. Ashley H. Underwood
Krista H. Vandenborne
Kristi C. Vanderburg
Corey M. Wharton
Sara M. Woolley
Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Young
Vicky L. Zickmund
SPHHPNEWS I WINTER 2005
Alumni events 2005
Spring Weekend 2005 Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, April 9
Join us for breakfast, tours and the orange and blue football game. Register online at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu.
PHHP Fall Outstanding Alumni Luncheon, Saturday, Sept. 17
Recognition of an outstanding alum from each college department and the Gators vs. Tennessee football game.
Horse Farm 100 Bike Ride, Sunday, Oct. 2
Join the PHHP team for a 100-mile bike ride through Ocala's scenic horse farm country. Riders will raise money for
student scholarships, fellowships and travel grants.
PHHP Reunion Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5
Friday: Doctor of Audiology Program reception with special guests, Au.D. Class of 2000.
Saturday: Pre-game brunch and the Gators vs. Vanderbilt football game.
Watch for more information in your mailbox and on the Web at www.phhp.ufl.edu/alumni. We hope you can join us!
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Rebecca Bennett, master's in health admin-
istration '02, is a Volunteer Program Special-
ist for Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Rebecca
is responsible for working with nine hospice
sites to develop unique programs for volun-
teers, fundraising, operations and recognition
of hospice in the community.
Roberta Isleib, Ph.D., clinical and health
psychology '85, completed her fourth mystery
novel, "Fairway to Heaven," which will be
published by Berkley Prime Crime in March
2005. The series features Cassie Burdette,
a fictional LPGA golfer and UF grad. Isleib's
previous books include "Six Strokes Un-
der," "A Buried Lie" and "Putt to Death." "Six
Strokes Under" was nominated for an Agatha
award for best first mystery and an Anthony
award for best paperback original.
Michelle (Wilson) Lieberman, occupa-
tional therapy '98, was married in May 2004
and lives in Greenville, NC. She is working
part-time in acute care and acute rehabilita-
tion with an emphasis on spinal cord injury
Michelle "Spooner" Maddux, occupational
therapy '96, is a hand therapist at Health-
South in Lake Worth, Fla. She writes, "I now
have two kids, Kaitlyn, age 5, and Colton,
age 2. Daddy Derek stays at home with
them. I love being a mommy!"
Brian T. Mulligan, master's in health admin-
istration '00, was promoted to senior attorney
and transferred to the Agency for Health
Care Administration's St. Petersburg office,
where he will focus on the licensure and
regulation of health-care facilities. He was
also recently licensed as a health-care risk
Linda Caryl Patterson, occupational therapy
'91, is a recruiter for Reflectx Staffing, placing
occupational therapists, physical therapists,
speech therapists and assistants in traveling
and permanent positions nationwide. She
provides some OT services part-time and is
active with the local OT forum and the Florida
Occupational Therapy Association.
Shakira Rodriguez, master's in health ad-
ministration '03, is working for Bayer Health-
care as a Technical Support Specialist. Sha-
kira will provide technical product training,
service and support to clinical laboratories
that are Bayer customers in the Tampa area.
Thomas Summerill, master's in health
administration '84, accepted a job with United
HealthCare in Orlando to head their Ameri-
Choice organization. *
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