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Though the number of older Americans with disabili-
ties has declined, experts anticipate an upswing in
disability numbers as the baby boomers head into their
golden years, according to a recent report issued by
the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Disability in
"The good news is that functional disability has been on the
decline for older adults and that indicates some progress in terms
of aging well in this country," said Elena Andresen, Ph.D., one of
a select group of experts appointed to the committee, and chair of
the college's department of epidemiology and biostatistics. "But our
committee found that people who are now aging into their middle
years are experiencing chronic conditions and risk factors that
suggest they will not be as healthy. These conditions include, for
example, inactivity and concurrent obesity and the chronic conditions
that go with them."
In the report, "The Future of Disability in America," committee
members also state that although the Americans with Disabilities Act
has increased awareness of barriers for people with disabilities since
it was passed in 1990, its implementation and enforcement have been
"The ADA has really not shown itself to provide the benefits to
people with disabilities that one would have expected," Andresen
said. "It is such a complex picture that there's no one reason you can
cite for that, but enforcing the ADA has been difficult without suffi-
cient financial resources for enforcement and the proactive
ability to find and ask for improvements."
Committee members found that accessibility issues continue
to persist in health care institutions, including a lack of specially-
designed exam tables that allow for easy transfer of a patient from
a wheelchair and restrooms that are large enough to accommodate a
patient with a disability and an assistant.
"Because of the nature of health care facilities and the fact that
they provide care for people with acute conditions, chronic condi-
tions, disabilities and so forth, I think we make the assumption
therefore, that these institutions are accessible in every sense of the

word," Andresen said. "But it turns out that physical access to clinics
or hospitals can be fairly challenging for people with disabilities."
About 40 million Americans have physical mobility, sensory or
other impairments or limitations. The Institute of Medicine report
noted progress in the public's increased understanding that disability
is not inherent in an individual, but is the result of the person's
interaction with his or her surroundings.
People with disabilities have often been referred to as "the
disabled," as if they are individuals in some sort of special group,
Andresen said.
"Disability is really a much larger conceptual issue and has
nothing to do with an impairment itself, but rather the interaction of
an impairment a person may have with his or her environment," she
said. "An example might be someone who works in our building who
uses a cane. The disability is related to when that person and his or
her cane encounter barriers either socially with people with whom he
or she interacts, or physically, such as when we have a fire drill and
the person needs to get down the stairs."
Recommendations made by the committee include streamlining
government-funded services and financial support for people with
disabilities, raising the profile of disability research and improving
access to assistive technology.
"Financing technology development, bringing it to market and
then finding ways for people to have access to that technology is a
really important issue," Andresen said. "What was intriguing about
the committee's discussions on assistive devices was that some of the
simplest forms of technology are truly not expensive."
One example cited in "The Future of Disability in America" is
button hooks, which were used by women a century ago to hook the
numerous buttons on their shoes and clothing. Button hooks could be
helpful to people with disabilities, but they've fallen out of fashion
and people don't think about them anymore, Andresen said.
"So assistive technology can be anything from the fine-tuned
electronic and computer-based technology to the simplest and least
expensive technology that people just don't know is available, but
may change people's lives," she said. 0

UF researchers are offering
a no-cost behavioral treatment
for young children with attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder and
their families.
"ADHD often leads to seri-
ous problems for children such
as struggling to pay attention in
school, mastering basic skills
and getting along with others,"
said Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., a
distinguished professor in the
department of clinical and health
psychology. "The good news is
that behavior problems can be
treated successfully when
children are still young."
ADHD affects an estimated 4.4
million children and families.
The UF treatment program
uses Parent-Child Interac-
tion Therapy, a step-by-step,
live-coached behavioral parent
training model developed by
Eyberg. The UF team will offer
PCIT to more than 120 families
with children with ADHD in the
Gainesville area. Their work is
supported by a five-year $2.9
million National Institutes of
Health grant.
While PCIT has traditionally
been offered as an individual
treatment, the current program
will test the effectiveness of con-
ducting PCIT in small groups.
"Our goal is to discover which
approach works best," Eyberg
said. "We know parents enjoy
individual attention from their
therapist, but perhaps parents
would like sharing the time with
two or three other families as
Children who are eligible
for the PCIT study should be
between the ages of 4 and 6 and
qualify for a diagnosis of ADHD
during study assessment. For
more information on the no-cost
treatment program, call
352-273-5236. *


dean's MESSAGE

I have a ritual. Each morning, I walk into the front
entrance of the college. As I approach the large portico in-
scribed "College of Public Health and Health Professions,"
I look down at the bricks in the walk bearing the names
of our donors and friends. A brick on the left side of our
entrance is especially important
to me; it bears an inscription for
my father. As I follow this daily
routine I think about our college,
the beauty of our building and how
great it is to work at the University
of Florida. I also think a thought or
two about my dad.
After more than 12 years at UF,
including almost four years in our
"new" building, my UF days will
Dr. Robert Frank
end in June. In July, I will become
Senior Vice President and Provost at Kent State Univer-
sity. The opportunities at Kent State are exciting and I
will enjoy learning a new role in the university. Although
I am excited about the opportunity at Kent State, leaving
our college and the University of Florida is hard. The UF
mystique is unmatchable. Yet, the hardest part about
saying good-bye is leaving behind the remarkable faculty
and staff in the college.
I am very proud of our college's many accomplish-
ments during the years I have served as dean. We have
established several new programs including Ph.D.s in
Rehabilitation Science and Health Services Research, the
Doctor of Physical Therapy, the Doctor of Audiology (with
our partners in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
and the Bachelor of Health Science degree. We have
three new doctoral programs under review: Epidemiology
(with the College of Medicine), Biostatistics, and Behav-
ioral and Community Public Health. We have also moved
the occupational therapy degree to the master's level, and
have created international partnerships in Jordan, the UK,
Brazil, Australia and the People's Republic of China. We
built a new home for the college and remodeled our re-
search and clinical space. Most recently, we have begun
a college transformation to integrate public health and
we are now the only unit at UF that awards the Master of
Public Health degree. The efforts of our faculty have led
to a seven-fold increase in our grant expenditures and a
four-fold increase in the number of students we educate
each year. The list of accomplishments is much longer
than these few "highlights."
I believe the best measure of a dean's effectiveness
is not the list of accomplishments, but the quality of the
people who constitute the college. On this measure, I
am confident I will be well regarded in the future. PHHP
has retained our best and attracted remarkable new
faculty who are fully committed to teaching, research and
service. They are led by a remarkable group of chairs who
are among the most productive faculty in their special-
ties. The associate deans and staff in the dean's office,
departments and clinics are dedicated and resourceful
and are among the best in the university. The quality of
the college's leadership, along with their imagination and
fidelity to our goals, is so high there is no chance the
college will lose ground during the dean transition. Mike
Perri will prove to be a superb interim dean and will be
ably supported by our associate deans and chairs.
As Janet and I prepare to move north, it is clear the
college is in capable and strong hands. Though we will
dearly miss our friends at UF, I marvel at the strength,
clarity of purpose and abilities of those who will lead the
college toward our next set of challenges. Go Gators! 0


At a dinner given in his honor, Dean Robert Frank received one of the college's highest awards, the
Gutekunst Award, named for Dean Emeritus Richard Gutekunst (right).

Dean Robert Frank accepts

job at Kent State University

obert Frank, Ph.D., dean of the
University of Florida College of
Public Health and Health Professions,
has accepted the position of senior
vice president of academic affairs and
provost at Kent State University in
Ohio, effective July 3.
Frank has led the college through a period of
remarkable growth during his 12-year term as dean,
with dramatic increases in research funding, student
enrollment and degree offerings, and the development
of the public health enterprise. Under his leadership,
the College of Public Health and Health Professions
has consistently ranked first or second in federal
research funding for colleges of health professions.
"Bob has done an outstanding job here as dean
and Kent State's selection of him validates what many
of us already knew that he has the vision and skills
to contribute to the success of a major university at
the highest levels," said Douglas Barrett, M.D., UF's
senior vice president, health affairs.
When Frank arrived at UF in 1995, the college
enrolled 450 students and garnered less than $2
million in research funding. Today, the College of
Public Health and Health Professions boasts more than
1,600 students and $14 million in grant awards.
Frank has spearheaded several major initiatives
during his UF career, including the construction of the
HPNP Complex, which placed most of the college's
units under one roof for the first time in its history,
and the creation of the Brooks Center for Rehabilita-
tion Studies and the Florida Center for Medicaid and
the Uninsured, of which he serves as director. But his
most lasting legacy may be his instrumental role in
bringing public health programs to the University of
Florida, in the process establishing a new educational
model that focuses on the integration of public health
problem-solving and individual patient care.

"Bob's leadership was absolutely crucial to taking
on the challenge of expanding our public health
initiative," Barrett said. "Doing something of that
magnitude is daunting. It requires a college's faculty
to get outside their comfort zone to look toward the
future of what the college could be. And it requires
taking some calculated risks to make it happen. Bob
was able to communicate that exciting vision, and he
had the stamina and perseverance to stick to it and
achieve the goal."
Prior to his UF appointment Frank served on the
faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia School
of Medicine department of physical medicine and
rehabilitation where he established the division of
clinical health psychology and neuropsychology. He
was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy
Fellow from 1991 to 1992, working with Senator Jeff
Bingaman (D-NM). After completing the fellowship,
Frank returned to the University of Missouri as
assistant to the dean for health policy, where he
managed Missouri's state health reform effort, the
ShowMe Health Reform Initiative, and continued to
work on federal and state health policy.
At a dinner last month in honor of Frank and his
wife Janet, Frank received one of the college's highest
honors, the Gutekunst Award, named for Dean
Emeritus Richard Gutekunst, who led the college from
1980 until his retirement in 1995. Frank also received
the Presidential Medallion, awarded by UF President
Bemie Machen, for outstanding service and contribu-
tion to the university.
"Any dean knows the accomplishments of a
college reflect the efforts of those around him or her,
and we have accomplished more than I ever dreamed
possible when I came here in 1995," Frank said. "The
progress the college has made in the 12 years I've
been dean has been amazing and the most exciting
thing I've been involved with in my entire life." *

Michael Perri named college's

interim dean

ichael G. Perri, Ph.D., has been
named interim dean of the Univer-
sity of Florida College of Public
Health and Health Professions,
effective June 18.
Perri succeeds PHHP Dean
Robert Frank, Ph.D., who has taken the position of
senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at
Kent State University in Ohio.
"As associate dean for research, Dr. Perri had a
broad view of the challenges facing the college, and
he has been intimately involved in all aspects of the
college's management. He has strong support from the
chairs and leadership group," said Douglas J. Barrett,
M.D., senior vice president for health affairs. "Mike
also has a keen appreciation for the issues facing the
college as the public health initiative is integrated with
the traditionally strong health professions components
of the college."
Perri was appointed the college's associate dean
for research in 2004. He joined the college's faculty in
1990 as a professor in the department of clinical and
health psychology and also served as director of the
psychology internship program from 1992 to 2004.
He has contributed to more than 100 professional and
scientific publications and his research on diet and ex-
ercise has been funded for 25 years by grants, awards
and contracts from public and private sources, includ-

ing the National
Institutes of Health and
the Veterans Adminis-
tration Merit Review
Research Program. His
current research, funded
by the NIH, focuses on
treating obesity in under-
served rural settings.
Perri is a diplomat
of the American Board
of Professional Psychol-
ogy and a fellow of the Dr. Michael Perri
American Psychological
Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and
the North American Association for the Study of
Obesity. He has served on the editorial boards of
numerous behavioral science journals and on scien-
tific review panels for the Institute of Medicine; the
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; the National
Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases;
the U.S. Surgeon General's Office; and the American
College of Sports Medicine.
"Over the past decade, our college has experi-
enced a period of exceptional growth," Perri said. "I
look forward to working with our talented faculty and
dedicated staff to accomplish the ambitious academic
agenda set by Dean Frank." 0

Occupational therapy alumna and former instructor Sandra Adams, Ph.D., (right), bachelor's '68 and
master's '75, and a Shands Hospital occupational therapist (center) demonstrate muscle tone and
postural control therapy for a young child while the late Susan Grenda Asgarinik, a 1979 occupa-
tional therapy graduate, looks on.

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UF Doctor of Physical Therapy students
Meryl Alappattu and Stacy Gorski led the first-ever
Florida Physical Therapy Association Student
Conference Feb. 2-3 in Gainesville. Nearly 175
students, faculty members and clinicians attended the
conference, which featured presentations on research
and the transition from student to professional.

The College of Public Health and Health Profes-
sions held its 20th Annual Research Fair for students
on April 12. Twenty winning research posters were
chosen from 63 entries and four graduate students
received research grant awards. Undergraduate stu-
dent honorees included Erica Cook, Amanda Fogel,
Jenifer Greer, Mary Lorincz, Amber Martin, Abbey
Sipp and Michelle Vega. Graduate student honorees
included Joseph Dzierzewski, Lauren Gibbons,
Amruta Inamdar, Andrew Johnston, Lisa LaGorio,
Andrea Lee, Michael Moorhouse, Adrienne Aiken
Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Barbara Smith, Lauren
Sowell, Lauren Stutts and Sandra Winter. The
college awarded research grants to Chitralakshmi
Balasubramanian, Marie Barker, Alex Laberge and
Milapjit Singh Sandhu.

The college's graduating Class of 2007 raised more
than $1,200 for a class gift, which they presented to
the college at commencement on May 3. Students
raised the funds through entry fees to the second
annual PHHP Trivia Night, an event for faculty, staff
and students. 0

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Michael Crary, Ph.D., a professor in the department
of communicative disorders, and Cathy Di Lena,
a human resources specialist, were recognized as
Health Science Center division honorees for UF's
Superior Accomplishment Awards program.

Steven George, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the
department of physical therapy, received the 2007
Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the
American Physical Therapy Association. The award
recognizes physical therapists engaged in research
and is named for Eugene Michels, an APTA admin-
istrator and leader of the organization's movement to
foster research in physical therapy.

Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., an associate profes-
sor and chair of the department of physical therapy,
has been named a 2007 UF Research Foundation
Professor for her distinguished record of research.
The three-year award carries a $5,000 annual salary
supplement and a $3,000 grant.

The UF Health Science Center honored several
college employees for reaching milestones in years
of service. They include: Andrea Burne, Brigette
Hart, Catherine Locklear and Jill Pease, five years;
Karen Jaye, 10 years; Linda Garzarella and Donna
Stilwell, 15 years; and Marcia McLeod, 25 years. *


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universal health care is shaping up to be one of the most
important domestic issues for American voters in next
year's presidential election and the timing couldn't be
better, according to future health care executive Will
"Political attention on health care comes and goes,"
said Jackson, who graduated this spring with a master's in health admin-
istration from the College of Public Health and Health Professions. "I
want to jump in while it's vibrant and keep the energy alive. If a
candidate who supports universal health care wins the election, it is up
to those of us in health care to keep them to their word."
Raised in a single-parent family that did not have health insurance,
Jackson is well aware of the need for affordable, accessible health care.
It was his desire to give others an opportunity his family did not have
that led him to choose health care management as a career.
An internship last summer with CHOICES, the Alachua County
health care program for workers who have low income and are
uninsured, cemented Jackson's belief that such programs can be
cost-efficient and effective.
"For what works out to about $15 to $20 a year for taxpayers, we
can give so many people health care," Jackson said. "After talking with
just a few people who receive care through CHOICES, I could see how
much it had made a difference in their lives and what a worthwhile
program it is. It is satisfying to give back to the level of community that
I grew up in."
As a youngster growing up in Columbus, Ga., Jackson was certain
he would become a physician. There was never any question. But a class
lecture in one of Jackson's undergraduate courses made him re-evaluate
his career path.
During Jackson's junior year in the college's bachelor's in health
science program, a health care executive gave a guest lecture in
Jackson's U.S. Health Care System class and that experience got him
"It was funny, I hadn't thought about doing anything else but
becoming a doctor and I had never considered any other careers in
health care," Jackson said. "It kept bothering me over that summer. I
thought about why I wanted to be a doctor and that was to help people.
But I realized that working in health administration would still allow me
to help people while also making wide-scale changes to the health care
system that would ensure care is efficient and accessible."
In a field where the American College of Healthcare Executives
estimates African Americans make up less than 2 percent of all hospital
CEOs, Jackson said he is excited about the challenges ahead of him.
"With drive, experience, networking and patience, I know I'll get
there without losing sight of where I came from," he said.
This summer, Jackson will begin a position as administrator-in-
training at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton
Rouge, La., a 760-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital led by CEO
Robert Davidge, a 1967 alumnus of the college's health administration
program. A flagship facility for the region, Our Lady of the Lake has
played a critical role following Hurricane Katrina.
"My goal is to stay excited, motivated and focused," Jackson said.
"Right now I'm a big sponge; I want to absorb as much as I can." *


Holloways establish

endowed scholarship fund

am Holloway's first introduction to
the College of Public Health and
Health Professions came through a
former client of his, Darrel Mase,
Ph.D., the founding dean of the
At the time, Holloway couldn't guess the
impact the college had made on health care
education, or the important role he would play as
an ambassador and supporter of the college.
"Back then I didn't realize the significance
of the college and the fact that it is the first one of
its kind in the United States," said Holloway, the
founder and CEO of Holloway Financial Services
Inc. in Gaineseville.
It wasn't until years later that Holloway
became chair of the college's advisory board and S
impressed by the quality of the college's faculty
and students, made a major gift to support student
The Sam and Connie Holloway Scholarship
Endowment in Public Health and Health Professions
is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who
portray exemplary leadership and academic excellence.
With the Holloway's $110,000 gift, previous scholar-
ship contributions raised through the Horse Farm 100
Bike Ride and state matching funds, the endowment
totals nearly $300,000.
"I hope that the students who receive the scholar-
ship create a legacy of their own and a loyalty to the
college," Holloway said.
Janet Brishke, a 2007 graduate of the college's
bachelor's in health science program and past
president of the PHHP College Council, is the first
recipient of the scholarship.
"The Holloways are important members of the
PHHP family and have done a lot for our college,"
Brishke said. "I am pleased that out of all the student
leaders and scholars in my graduating class, I was
chosen to be the inaugural recipient of this award."
A Jacksonville native, Holloway started his agency
in 1964 and has worked in insurance and financial
planning ever since. He and wife Connie met on a blind
date while he was a student at Stetson University and
she at Florida State University. They will soon celebrate
50 years of marriage along with their four children and
seven grandchildren.

am and Connie Holloway

As his business has grown, so has Holloway's
community involvement. His volunteer positions have
included president of the Gainesville Chamber of Com-
merce, president of the local chapter of the United Way,
vice president of the local American Cancer Society and
founding board member of the Oak Hammock at the
University of Florida retirement community, a project of
which he is particularly proud.
Currently, Holloway serves on the Shands
executive committee charged with raising $50 million
for the planned Shands at the University of Florida
Cancer Hospital. The cancer hospital and the colleges of
Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions are
Holloway's two civic and financial support priorities, he
"As a board member I have gotten to know the
College of Public Health and Health Professions'
faculty and respect their work," Holloway said. "The
college produces quality professionals who do remark-
able things."
Scholarship support is essential to attracting the
best and brightest for the next generation of health care
professionals, Holloway said.
"Funding scholarships may not have the zing of
building a locker room or a monument on a golf course,
but if students get a good education and they appreciate
the opportunity, in the years to come they may support
the college with not only their interests, but their talents
and treasure," he said. 0

Horse Farm 100 Rides Again

Join Team PHHP faculty, students, staff, family and friends as we raise money for student scholarships in
the annual Horse Farm 100 cycling event on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. For more information or to make a gift,
it couldn't be easier. Just go to our Web site www.phhp.ufl.edu, click on "Alumni and Giving," click on "Make
a Gift," click on "College of Public Health and Health Professions," and then click on "PHHP Horse Farm 100
Event/Holloway Fund." 0

graduation o 7

The following awards were presented at the College
of Public Health and Health Professions' commencement
ceremony on May 3.

Dean's Office
Dean's Scholar, undergraduate Jessica Neff and
Marimily Rivera
Dean's Scholar, master's Sharon Goldberg
Dean's Scholar, doctoral Harrison Jones
Judson A. Clements, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Nnonye Umerah
Sam and Connie Holloway Endowment in Public Health
and Health Professions Janet Brishke

Shands UF Auxiliary Scholarships
Frantz Antoine, Stacy Gorski, Diane Jett, Jenna Lee and Lindsey

Behavioral Science and Community Health
Bruce Thomason Memorial Award Holly Robinson
Horace Sawyer Clinical Excellence Award Paula Patterson
John Muthard Research Award Mike Moorhouse
Ronald J. Spitznagel Fellowship in Rehabilitation
Counseling Tanisha Hamilton
Undergraduate Leadership Award Alexis Flores

Communicative Disorders
Kenneth R. Bzoch Speech-Language Hearing Award for
Excellence in Research Amy Rodriguez
Lowell C. Hammer Outstanding Clinical Speech-Language
Pathology Award Jennifer Heffelfinger
Kenneth C. Pollock Outstanding Clinical Audiology
Award Cassie Eiffert

Clinical and Health Psychology
Molly Harrower Award for Excellence in Psychodiagnostic
Assessment Lauren Sowell
Florence Shafer Memorial Award for Excellence in
Psychotherapeutic Counseling Mary Keeley
Research Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology
Research Adam Hirsh
Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Endowment Award for
Excellence in Pediatric Psychology Research Susan
Robert and Phyllis Levitt Research Award for Excellence in
Clinical Neuropsychology Research Michael Larson
Excellence in Health Psychology Research Award Sally Jensen
Scientist-Practitioner Award Mary Keeley
Health Services Research, Management
and Policy
Master of Health Administration Faculty Award for
Excellence Sharon Goldberg
Master of Health Administration Alumni Award for
Service Ameen Baker
Master of Health Administration Excellence in Teaching
Award Randall Jenkins
Malcom Randall Fellowship in Health Care Administration -
Jacqueline Ramirez
Thomas and Trudy Summerill Scholarship in Health
Administration Jared Amerson

Occupational Therapy (awarded in Dec. 2006)
Alice C. Jantzen Award for Academic Excellence Kari Wagner
and Jeannine Gonzalez
Ann Sirmyer Ballard Memorial Award for Outstanding
Graduate Jill McCarthy
Jane Slaymaker Memorial Award Katie Dougherty
Kay F. Walker Award Brian Lai and Mary Capoccioni

Physical Therapy
Martha C. Wroe Outstanding Clinical Performance
Award Kristin Swank
Outstanding Scholastic Student Award Maria DeLazzer
Claudette Finley Scholarship Diane Jett
Frederick Family DPT Student Scholarship Meryl Alappattu
and Stacy Gorski
Frederick Family RSD Level Student Scholarship Joel Bialosky
Dr. Mark Trimble Memorial Scholarship Jack Dunn
Julia Conrad Trojanowski Scholarship Lindsay Perry

Public Health
M.P.H. Exemplary Student Award Tina Arcomone
Public Health Award for Faculty Excellence Dr. Barbara

Health Science
Outstanding Student Award Amy Benford and Erica Cook



Aldrich named alumnus of the year

he College of Public Health and Health
Professions has named Ronald Aldrich,
the first graduate of the master's in
health administration program, the
college's alumnus of the year. He was
recognized at the college's commence-
ment ceremony on May 3.
Aldrich was a member of the master's in health
administration's first graduating class in 1966. And
by virtue of having a last name that begins with the
letter "A," Aldrich believes he was actually the first
graduate of the program.
Since that time Aldrich has distinguished himself
as a national leader in health care administration,
having served as the CEO of three Catholic multi-
hospital systems, and was a key leader behind what
was, at the time, the nation's largest not-for-profit
health care merger.
Aldrich's 40-year career includes top leadership
positions at national and regional health care systems,
including ServantCor in Urbana, Ill., Franciscan
Health System in Aston, Penn., and Catholic Health
Services in Long Island, N.Y.

Aldrich believes his most significant contribu-
tion to health care was his role in the integration of
three large Catholic health systems to form Catholic
Health Initiatives in 1996, which included 126 health
care facilities in 21 states.
"The experience was a very meaningful part of
my ministry in Catholic health care," he said. "I had
the opportunity to take all my health administration
experience and education and make the best possible
contribution to the merger."
A Fellow of the American College of Health
Care Executives and a Life Member of the
American Hospital Association, Aldrich has served
on the boards of directors of six Catholic health
systems and was chair of the Catholic Health
Association of the United States. He is also the first
Public Health and Health Professions alumnus to
serve on the UF Foundation Board of Directors.
Currently, Aldrich does health care consulting
work through Limberpine Associates Inc. and is an
executive in residence and a visiting professor in
the college's department of health services research,
management and policy.

"Ron Aldrich .
has made many d
significant contri- 10
butions to health
administration and
graduate education *
in our field," said j.
R. Paul Duncan,
Ph.D., professor
and chair of the
department of
health services
management and
policy. "But what Ronald Aldrich
is really remarkable
is that two or three times each year, this distinguished
health care leader makes time available to come to
Gainesville and meet with current health administra-
tion students, providing them with advice, support
and mentoring as their careers are launched. We
consider him a part of our faculty as well as a
distinguished alumnus." @

Audiology alumna recognized

for work with cochlear implants

or Katherine Phelan, Au.D., the most
rewarding experiences in her job come
at the moment when a patient's cochlear
implant is turned on and the patient hears
sound for the first time in many years or
even in his or her life.
"Everyone is excited and nervous," said Phelan,
a 2002 graduate of the doctor of audiology program
and one of the college's 2006 outstanding alumni of
the year. "For people who have never heard sound
the experience can be overwhelming. For people with
progressive hearing loss, this may be the first time in
several years that they have heard sounds like birds
As a clinical applications specialist for implant
manufacturer Cochlear Americas, Phelan is in a
unique position to witness many of these life-
changing events as she trains audiologists and works
with patients at 70 clinical sites in Alabama, Florida
and Georgia.
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device
that can help provide a sense of sound to a person
who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hear-
ing. The implant is surgically placed under the skin
behind the ear and works by converting sound waves

into useful electronic '
impulses that are then
sent to the brain. UF
clinicians took part in
a multi-center clinical
trial to test cochlear
implants when they
were introduced in
the mid-1980s. Today,
nearly 100,000 people
worldwide have
received cochlear
In addition to the Dr. Katherine Phelan
training she provides
audiologists, Phelan is called upon to handle the
most challenging patient cases, such as facial nerve
stimulation following the implantation or counseling
patients when their implant is not performing the way
they expected.
A majority of implant recipients fall into one of
two categories, Phelan said. They include people with
progressive hearing loss age 60 or older, and patients
with congenital hearing impairment who are under the
age of 7. But more awareness and education on the

benefits of cochlear implants could increase the
number of recipients in all age ranges, she said.
"Cochlear implants can bring people back to
the relationships they had before hearing loss,"
Phelan said, adding that progressive hearing loss
can lead to depression and decreased participation
in social activities.
And cochlear implant technology is only
getting better, she said.
"Because patients' speech understanding is
so much better with the newer technology,
cochlear implant manufacturers are now looking
at improving the quality of other types of sounds,
like music," Phelan said. "Some people with
cochlear implants have stopped listening to music
because they didn't like the way it sounded. Implants
produce a mechanical sound that doesn't produce the
same richness or fullness and patients may not be able
to hear all the instruments."
Implant researchers are also working on improv-
ing patients' ability to hear a sound and determine its
location, Phelan said.
"All of the implant manufacturers are working on
research like this," she said. "We want the best tech-
nology for the best quality of life of our patients." *


alumni P DATES

Julia Ackerman, master's in public health '06, was
recently featured in the Maternal Child Health Section
of the American Public Health Association for her
research in pre-pregnancy BMI and folic acid related
birth defects. Julia has worked at the Maternal Child
Health and Education Research and Data Center for
the last five years and has recently accepted a position
at WellFlorida as the Healthy Start program director.
Julia writes that she is happy to be a Florida Gator!

Dara Bernard, master's in rehabilitation counseling
'00, and Steven Mounts, master's in business admin-
istration/master's in health administration '99/'00, are
recipients of UF's 2007 Outstanding Young Alumni
Award. They were honored at a recognition breakfast
last month and were invited to sit in the President's
Box at the annual Orange and Blue football game. This
award was established by the UF Alumni Association to
recognize Gators who have distinguished themselves

in business, community or service and have received a
UF degree within the past 10 years.

Lt. Colonel Thomas Bundt, master's in health admin-
istration/master's in business administration '00, and
doctorate in health services research '02, is currently
in Iraq working for the Department of Defense and the
Department of State writing health policy for the Iraqi
government. He works out of the Health Attache Office
as the chief of health policy and strategy and as the
deputy health attache to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
"This appointment is heavily consultant-based and
positioned in a way to enable the Iraqis to sustain their
current operations, and provide collaborative efforts
from the U.S. government to assist Iraq's Ministry of
Health in the provision of full spectrum health care
operations throughout their 18 provinces," Tom said.

Renee Fleming Mills, master's in rehabilitation coun-
seling '74, celebrated 19 years of marriage to Albert
Mills III. She recently received her 15-year service
award from the state of Virginia. Renee has been the
human resources director for the Virginia Department of
Social Services for the past two years. The department
provides human resources services for approximately
1,600 state employees and 8,000 local employees.

Joe Neihardt, master's in business administration/
master's in health administration '70, has fulfilled the
requirements for status as Life Fellow of the American
College of Healthcare Executives. Joe served many
years in hospital administration, and was very active in
the Georgia Hospital Association during his career. He

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served as a UF M.B.A. program alumni interviewer
in the 1990s. Joe and his wife Beverly have retired
in Clearwater, Florida. Their oldest daughter Rhonda
and her husband Steve are both Gators.

Melanie Quitos, master's in occupational therapy
'03, is now officially Mrs. Melanie Quitos Howell. She
was married on November 4, 2006.

Stephanie Warrington, master's in health admin-
istration '94, is president of Synogen, a private
business incubator in Gainesville. Synogen invests
in and partners with early-stage medical technology
companies to assist them with management, busi-
ness plan development, strategic planning, marketing
and regulatory and intellectual property issues.

Roy Vinson, bachelor's in medical technology '73,
joined Health Management Associates in February
2007 as CEO of Dallas Regional Medical Center in
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